Concerts, classes and lectures that will change the way you experience classical music and art
Music, Nature and the Search for Meaning
October 14-November 18 Monday mornings , 10:30 - Noon Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
In our six week Autumn salon series, we will trace the ways nature has inspired composers, philosophers and artists and discover how throughout the centuries, music has sought to be a mirror of the world around. This fall, our series is intimately tied to some of the most exciting performances at the Green Music Center, offering an in-depth, insightful exploration of music to be performed by the Santa Rosa Symphony, including Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 in F Major, " Pastoral ", Brahms's Symphony No. 2 , Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra, Haydn's Symphony No. 39 in g minor, Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring as well as songs by Handel, Schubert, Mendelssohn and more and a visual exploration of how nature has been depicted throughout the centuries from Thomas Cole's Civilization series to the Land Art of Andy Goldsworthy, with special focus on Sonoma County artists.
October 14: In the Beginning....Pythagoras's views of nature and harmony; music and art as mirrors Also Sprach Zarathustra: Nietzsche and Strauss October 21: The Corseted Garden : Vivaldi , Handel and Haydn and the Pleasure Gardens of Europe November 4 Beethoven and the Return to the Nature Piano Concerto No. 4 and Symphony No 6 November 11: Mendelssohn, The Wild Spirit of Romanticism and Civilization by Thomas Cole November 18: The Frontiers: Aaron Copland's America and Richard Strauss's cosmic vision November 25: Seeking Harmony in a Broken World: Max Richter and Andy Goldsworthy
Winter 2020 Music and the Movies
The first Monday mornings , 10:30 - Noon Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
Join Santa Rosa Symphony Cultural Historian Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D and guest musicians for an inspiring series of lecture- recitals separating fact and fiction from Hollywood's portrayal of the great composers December 2: Amadeus : How a great movie got it all wrong December 9: Handel and Farinelli December 16 Immortal Beloved: Beethoven's Tumultuous Love Life
$30 each or all three for $75.00 The first ten students to enroll will receive a free guest pass for the first class!
Spring 2020 Heroines: Women of Questionable Virtue
Monday mornings , 10:30 - Noon Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
We celebrate women of extraordinary gifts, intelligence and courage who- because they led unconventional lives or opinions- were often censored, scandalized, erased or condemned
Psychologists and writers Toni Wolff and Lou Andreas Salome Artists Frida Kahlo and Artemisia Gentileschi Composer and pianist Marie Pleyel Singer and composer Pauline Viardot Opera singer and Tibetan Buddhist scholar Alexandra David-Neele Philosopher, physicist, mathematician, scholar, musician (and Voltaire's lover) Emelie du Chatelet Theologian and Carmelite nun Teresa of Avila Photographer, model and muse Lee Miller Actress Sarah Bernhardt Hypatia of Alexandria Heloise of France Artist-activist Judy Chicago