You told us how much you loved this class with Instructor Scott Foglesong last July so we brought it back. Designed to enhance your appreciation of classical music and all things orchestra, recordings of this 4-week introductory course (originally broadcast in July 2020) are available to watch on demand through March 31, with Class 4 featuring a new Q&A with Scott and Donato.
Available with new web resources to make it easier to extend your music discovery at home. Watch or re-watch episodes on demand through March 31. Classes 1-3 run approximately 75 mins; Class 4 runs 90 mins.
When: Each class is available on-demand for your encore enjoyment through March 31.
Where: Watch live in the comfort of your home
Who should attend: Anyone with an interest in learning more about classical music, ages 18 to 99.
Cost: $25 per household for the 4-lecture series / $20 for returning patrons with discount code.
Course Outline and Resources
Class 1: Orchestras 101 | You Could Google it, or…
We’ll start by tackling a pressing question: just what does a conductor do, anyway? After we’ve shone some light on that issue (with the aid of many conductors and orchestras) we’ll take a bird’s eye look at the orchestra from its early days to the present, culminating in a trip through the orchestra’s sections and instruments.
Class 2: Classical Music | Coming into its Own
Orchestral music began in the Baroque Era (1600-1750) with masters such as Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, but it really came into its own with the Viennese Classical (later 18th century) with Haydn and Mozart. We’ll explore some pieces from both those eras (and maybe a little later), expanding to composers beyond the usual suspects, including those of African heritage and from Asia, as well as celebrating the significant contributions of women.
Class 3: Composers | The Political Animals
Musicians are political animals, just like the rest of us. Beethoven was a pioneering ‘political’ composer who expressed the gestalt of an age. Then it’s on to the 19th-century Romantics who followed Beethoven’s lead, and finally we’ll explore several 20th-century works imbued with extra-musical significance: Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 and Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem.
Class 4: Music of Our Time | A Kaleidoscope
Beginning in the early 20th century and continuing to the present day, the music of the modern world offers a rich and multi-varied array of styles. We’ll dig into this kaleidoscopic banquet, beginning with Claude Debussy and moving through jazz-inspired composers such as George Gershwin, reaching the 21st century with works written within the past few years. Professor Scott Foglesong and California Symphony Music Director Donato Cabrera will close out A Fresh Look with a discussion about the past, present, and future of orchestral music.