Join us online for a
Classical Crash Course Mini-Series
In three sessions of just 45 minutes each, Artistic Director Dana Sadava will lead you through a quick, fun exploration of some of Classical music’s most influential people. These sessions are free and they are for everyone whether you have a musical background or not! All are welcome.
In addition to her work with Mill Valley Philharmonic, Dana is on faculty at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and also teaches courses on Classical music at Santa Clara University as part of their Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.
Sign-ups for each session close 24 hours before the class time, and you’ll be sent a link to view the session. You do not need anything special to participate except an internet connection and a computer, tablet, or phone that plays sound. If you have not used Zoom before, it may prompt you to download the software right before you join the webinar. This usually takes less than a minute. You do not need a Zoom account!
Sunday, July 19 at 5pm PDT:
Leonard Bernstein and West Side Story
Composer, conductor, pianist, and educator Leonard Bernstein is arguably the most important musician of the 20th century. A tour of his groundbreaking musical West Side Story will reveal the fascinating elements of his genius and personality.
Resources (books link to Amazon; consider using Amazon Smile and listing MVP as your charity!)
Leonard Bernstein by Humphrey Burton
Leonard Bernstein: a life by Meryle Secrest
West Side Story: the Jets, the Sharks, and the Making of a Classic by Richard Barrios
Famous Father Girl by Jamie Bernstein
The Unsettling Sound of Tritones, the Devil's Interval (NPR article)
Watch a recording of our recent session
Sunday, July 26 at 5pm PDT:
Gustav Mahler and his Symphony No. 4
The magical, powerful, and strange music of Gustav Mahler captivates performers and audiences alike. In this session, you’ll hear some of the most beautiful music he ever wrote as we look through his 4th Symphony, currently scheduled for performance by MVP in 2021!
Resources: (books link to Amazon; consider using Amazon Smile and selecting MVP as your charity!)
Mahler: a life by Jonathan Carr
Mahler by Henry-Louis de La Grange (if you want to know EVERYTHING Mahler ever did or said!)
Mahler: the Symphonies by Constantin Floros (more technical)
Recommended recordings: Sir Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmonic, Claudio Abbado and Vienna Philharmonic or Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Lorin Maazel/Kathleen Battle and Vienna Philharmonic
Whoops! We forgot to record the Mahler session. Please enjoy the books and recordings!
Sunday, August 2 at 5pm PDT:
A multi-disciplinary genius, Nadia Boulanger’s influence defies categorization. You’ll learn why she is a legend in the Classical music community and why people like Aaron Copland, Philip Glass, and Daniel Barenboim credit her with their careers.
Nadia Boulanger: a Life in Music by Leonie Rosentiel
The Tender Tyrant, Nadia Boulanger: a Life Devoted to Music by Alan Kendall
Mademoiselle / Conversations with Nadia Boulanger by Bruno Monsaingeon
watch a video of our Boulanger session!