Discover new music, share your favorites, and meet other music enthusiasts in this music listening club. Music & Muffins offers explorations and lively discussion on a wide range of genres that complement the Musicfest concert season.
Music & Muffins
Community Room at Arizona Musicfest
7950 E Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, AZ 85255, USA
Preferred Parking is in the lot Northeast of the Musicfest Main Offices. We ask that Music Alive attendees enter through the rear Community Room Entrance, not through the Main Administrative Entrance.
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Season Overview – October 30, 2019
Our first Music and Muffins of the 2019/20 Season!
For our first playlist, we’ve got samples from each session we’ll do over the season. We’ll start with (re)introducing ourselves, settle into the new Community Room, and prep our ears for the journeys we’ll take throughout the season. There are two samples from each session in the playlist below: what do you think the discussion areas will be?
PLEASE NOTE: October 30th is the fifth Wednesday of October. All other Music and Muffins sessions will be the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month unless otherwise noted.
50’s Rock ‘n’ Roll – November 13, 2019
We’re gonna Shake, Rattle & Roll Around the Clock!
Well, at least for 90 minutes…Let’s enjoy some of the most popular 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll music, explore what binds them together, and share what it is about individual pieces that makes them stand out to us! Which of these are your favorites?
Any pieces missing? Send them in advance to email@example.com and we’ll add them to the playlist!
Inspired by Fall Fest performers, The Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet, let’s enjoy a wide-ranging playlist of tangos and tango-influenced pieces!
For our last Music and Muffins in 2019, we’ll reflect on Holiday Fest Performers New York Voices by enjoying a playlist of Vocalese pieces along with their originals!
Anything you’d like to add? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get it on the playlist!
In anticipation of our upcoming performance by the MozART Group, some side-splitting comedy from the classical ranks!
Passacaglias – January 22, 2019
For Week 6, we’ll walk down the street with some examples of the intricate Passacaglia style. Rooted in early-1600s Spanish and Italian instrumental music, Beethoven chose this form for the dramatic second movement of his Seventh Symphony.
Listening hint: The form takes a while to expand, so give each example a full listen-through. Once you’ve found one you liked, listen back to the very beginning and then try to track the melody from the beginning throughout the piece. It might occur in the lowest voice, the highest voice, or one of the inner voices but for the most part, you should be able to hear it throughout!
Love Songs: The Great American Songbook & Power Ballads – February 12, 2020
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we thought it would be nice to enjoy some classic love songs in the stylings of Festival Artists Michael Bolton and Michael Feinsten. Curl up next to your sweetheart and enjoy simple, intimate melodies from The Great American Songbook, or belt out your overjoyed feelings at the top of your lungs!
Be sure to send along any favorites; we’ll see you on the 12th!