A Symphonic Skinner in Saginaw: Restoring the Hidden American Gem (231)
For the past two years, the Skinner Organ at First Congregational Church in Saginaw has been undergoing restoration. In this class, Nicholas Schmelter, the Minister of Music at the church and the dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will introduce you to the Skinner’s symphonic style of organ building. He will provide musical examples, anecdotes, and a tour which will provide a sensory learning experience tracing how the orchestral tradition in the U.S. impacted organ design, tonal construction, and present-day preservation. The class will be held at the church on South Jefferson Avenue in Saginaw.
SBSO Preview Lectures with Maestro Brett Mitchell (232)
Join Saginaw Bay Symphony music director Brett Mitchell as he delves into the pieces which the symphony will perform two days after each talk. The February presentation will cover the Don Giovanni Overture by Mozart, Don Juan by Strauss, selections from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin, Tristan and Isolde by Wagner and Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky. The March presentation will cover Celebrate Discovery by Williams, The Infinite Spaces by Jalbert, Mothership by Bates and The Planets by Holst. The April talk will cover Gazebo Dances by Corigliano, Violin Concerto by Barber and Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius. This will be a fun, in-depth look at what you can expect to hear the following Saturday night. Tickets to the concert are not included in the class fee.
Thursdays: February 13, March 20 & April 24 2:30 - 4:20 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: ES115
With the new Broadway play Motown coming to Detroit this fall, we thought we would bring back our popular Motown music class for a repeat performance. This course will focus on the years 1959 - 1971, when the label was headquartered in Detroit. It was during that time that Barry Gordy Jr. established Motown as the largest and most successful independent record company in the U.S. and a major force in the racial integration of popular music. The course will feature hundreds of photographs, as well as vintage video performances and biographies of Diana Ross & the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, The Four Tops, and many more. The instructor is OLLI member Gary (Dr. J) Johnson.
Tuesdays: June 3, 10, 17, 24 & July 1, 10 a.m. - Noon Price: $32 Members; $64 Non-Members Room: C129
Classical Music Review: The Music of Johannes Brahms (342)
Join SVSU music professor Eric Nisula for a look at the life and works of the German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms. This Romantic master wrote a number of major works for orchestra, including two serenades, four symphonies, two piano concertos, a Violin Concerto, a Double Concerto for violin and cello, and a pair of orchestral overtures, the Academic Festival Overture, and the Tragic Overture. This class is sure to be a musical feast!
Music of the English Renaissance with Northern Renaissance (343)
Join SVSU music professor Eric Nisula and Northern Renaissance to learn more about music from the English Renaissance period. Northern Renaissance played at an OLLI monthly meeting a couple of years ago and was very well received. The group includes Deanna Tibbits, Tom Butts, Eric Gibelyou and Eric Nisula. The program will include a combination of discussion about the music, instruments and history, and musical performance.