Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed

NEW Adult Education Classes at Walnut Creek Library


What does the conductor do besides wave the baton?

What is a clarinetist and where do they sit in the orchestra?

Why do the violins sit half on the left and half on the right? (Except when they don't..?) 

En Español

Instructor Scott Fogelsong answers these questions and more in Fresh Look: The Symphony Exposed, a fun and stimulating journey through classical music. Offered in English and with live Spanish translation, this introductory course will unlock mysteries and insider secrets to enhance your enjoyment of all kinds of orchestra music.

  • When: Saturdays July 14, 21, 28, and August 4, from 11:00AM to 12:30PM
  • Where: Walnut Creek Library | Oak View Room, 1644 N Broadway, Walnut Creek, CA 94596 
  • Who should join: Anyone with an interest in learning more about classical music, ages 18 to 99 and beyond.
  • Program cost: $25, which you then get back as a voucher towards your first purchase of any adult-priced California Symphony concert ticket in the 2018-19 season.







July 14—Who's on First?
First stop, learn about the role of the conductor, and what he or she does beyond waving a little white stick around. See who's on stage, where they sit, and why they are where they are.

July 21—If It Ain't Ba-roque...
Who knew that Baroque music (think Vivaldi's Four Seasons or anything by Bach) is NOT officially classed as "Classical" music? Get ready to discover different styles of orchestra music, how to tell them apart, and why it even matters.

July 28—Isn't it Romantic?
Concertos, Sonatos and Symphonies—Oh My! Time for a guided listening tour of melodies, phrasing, and works composed for virtuosic solo players. You'll also discover the difference between the two main styles of classical music: "Classical" (think Mozart & Beethoven) and "Romantic" (like Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff).  

August 4—The Wrap Party
Last stop, the 20th Century, from Bernstein to the new music of today: Where does it fit into the symphonic repertoire? Plus experience a live presentation and recital by some of California Symphony's finest professional musicians.

This program is supported by a generous grant from the American Orchestras' Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation. 

Hosted by the Walnut Creek Library Foundation.