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Interlochen College of Creative Arts Announces Virtual Summer Programs -

Interlochen College of Creative Arts Announces Virtual Summer Programs -

Interlochen College of Creative Arts Announces Virtual Summer Programs -

Posted: 08 Jul 2020 01:09 PM PDT

Interlochen College of Creative Arts will offer virtual programs this summer so adult artists of all skill levels can continue to take part in enriching arts workshops and professional development during this unprecedented era of social distancing.

"We are excited to offer artists inspiration and community during this difficult time," says Gary Gatzke, Associate Director of Continuing and Community Education at Interlochen Center for the Arts. "In times of crisis, the arts offer us courage, hope and healing."

For nearly 15 years, Interlochen College of Creative Arts has brought art enthusiasts from around the world to Northern Michigan to hone their skills and discover new passions. Lectures, workshops and seminars are offered year-round in music, visual art, fiber arts, creative writing, theatre, media and more. Accomplished professional artists lead intensive, hands-on courses, which range in length from an hour to a month. Many courses qualify for Michigan Continuing Education Clock Hours.

The following programs will take place virtually this summer:

Virtual Master Teacher Workshop for Flute and Flute Choir Camp // July 11–17
Celebrated flutists Jane Berkner, George Pope, Ali Ryerson and Linda White will lead players of all instruments in the flute family in this fun and interactive program featuring daily warm-up sessions; workshops on breathing, ear training, harmonic skills, rhythm, jazz playing and more; interviews with guest flutists and play-along sessions. The program will conclude with the premiere of a virtually prepared flute choir recording.

Vocal Pedagogy for the Choral Singer Online // July 20–21
Accomplished voice teacher and actor Lindsey Van de Kirk will lead an engaging workshop designed for the beginner or the solo singer looking to improve their vocal knowledge. Topics covered in this eight-hour program include breath management, managing the vocal registers and more.

Techniques in Fingerstyle Guitar Online // July 28
Celebrated guitarists Matthew Schroeder and Thomas Clippert will lead two 90-minute sessions as part of this interactive course perfect for those seeking to brush up their skills in fingerstyle technique or a refresher on technique in preparation for the four-day Fingerstyle Guitar Workshop.

Fingerstyle Guitar Technique Workshop Online // July 29–August 1
Guitarist and instructor Matthew Schroeder will lead this four-day program featuring accomplished guitarists Tom Clippert, Thom Bresh and Calum Graham. Workshops will focus on theory and technique, performance tips and more, as participants gain valuable feedback on their playing through supportive performances and coachings.

Adult Band Camp Online // August 11–14
Join more than 70 adults from around the world and enjoy the study and virtual performance of symphonic band repertoire in a challenging, supportive, fun and friendly environment. Distinguished faculty will teach master classes on instrumental technique, host lectures and prepare students for individual solo video recordings of Gustav Holst's First Suite in E-flat for Military Band which will be transformed into a virtual performance.

Adult Chamber Music Camp Online // August 17–22
Distinguished string, piano and woodwind musicians will lead pedagogy workshops, masterclasses, presentations and more in this interactive and enriching program. A special virtual chamber music concert series will feature daily live performances by faculty and guest chamber music ensembles from locations across the country.

For additional details, including registration information, visit Interlochen's website.

Taste Of Chicago To-Go Goes Online With Cooking Lessons, Music - Chicago, IL Patch

Posted: 08 Jul 2020 04:41 PM PDT

CHICAGO – A "reimagined" Taste of Chicago for coronavirus times — no tickets, no crowds, no long bathroom lines — kicked off Wednesday with a parade of food trucks destined to serve free meals to neighborhood first responders across the city.

Chicago's culinary tradition's 40th anniversary, rebranded as "Taste of Chicago To-Go," is slated to offer foodies online cooking demonstrations from popular local chefs, including Carlos Gaytan of Tzuco, Maya-Camillle Broussard of Justice of the Pies and Darnell Reed of Luella's Southern Kitchen, among others.

The stay-at-home Taste of Chicago will "include online dance lessons featuring Bollywood & Bhangra at 5:30 Wednesday. On Thursday, living-room revelers can experience the "Millennium Park at Home" music series online featuring the Chicago post-punk, Latin rock band, The Braided Janes, the Welsh-born, Chicago-based musician, and artist Jon Langford at 6 p.m.

.mand live music from local bands The Braided Janes and the Welsh-born, Chicago-based musician and artist Jon Langford.

Chamber music festival tunes up online - Florida Weekly

Posted: 08 Jul 2020 10:05 PM PDT

Founding members Karen Fuller, Michael Ellert and Michael Forte are preparing an online version of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival this month. COURTESY PHOTO

Founding members Karen Fuller, Michael Ellert and Michael Forte are preparing an online version of the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival this month. COURTESY PHOTO

For fans of classical music on the east coast of Florida, attending the Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival has been a tradition for nearly three decades.

Were it not for a certain pandemic, the three principals of the festival would have planned a month of performances at three venues up and down Palm Beach County.

But like so many other performers, flutist Karen Dixon, bassoonist Michael Ellert and clarinetist Michael Forte are taking their show online.

Look for concerts to stream Fridays in July, beginning July 17, via the Vimeo channel of Old School Square in Delray Beach.

As the term "chamber music" suggests, it's music to be played in a room — not necessarily a concert hall or auditorium, though that happens. There's an intimacy to the music, and that makes it perfect for social distancing.

"We're all small groups," Ms. Fuller said. "So we're going to be socially distanced on stage. And we wanted to keep the total number of people involved with any one particular piece to a minimum."

Performances will be video recorded on the Crest Theatre stage at Old School Square.

"But it will be like a live performance," Mr. Ellert said. "We know that that places like the Berlin Philharmonic are doing groups of 10 and 12, but they're on a huge stage. We're just going to keep it to three as the largest group we're doing, so that we can be in the hall and not 25 feet apart."

That was one consideration in choosing repertoire, which this year includes Dvorak, Milhaud, Massenet, Glinka, Beethoven, Handel and Brahms.

And another?

It's a lot to ask audiences to stream hours of performances in one sitting.

"They're not going to sit in front of their computer and watch that," Ms. Fuller acknowledged, saying she expects performances to last 30 to 40 minutes. "So the first thing was that we decided was that there were going to be shorter programs. And since we wanted to still keep our usual way of mixing and matching a lot of different kinds of pieces, we had the idea of just doing individual movements of things and so that we can still have as much of a variety as possible."

If this little series is well received, the trio may well record some more programs for release, say, in September and October.

"It's wide open if things go well and people seem to like it," Mr. Forte said. "I mean, there's no reason why we couldn't go forward with something like that."

Regardless of the future, the trio acknowledges it will be good to be working again.

They've basically been on hiatus from performing since the beginning of March.

Ms. Fuller is principal flute of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra, a position she has held since 1989, Miami City Ballet's Opus One Orchestra, The Symphonia Boca Raton and Orchestra Miami. She is also a member of the Atlantic Classical Orchestra.

In addition to performing as principal bassoon for a variety of ensembles, including the Palm Beach Opera, Palm Beach Symphony, The Symphonia Boca Raton and the Southwest Florida Symphony in Fort Myers, Mr. Ellert is a bassoon instructor and head of the woodwind department at Lynn Conservatory of Music in Boca Raton.

Mr. Forte is principal clarinet of the Palm Beach Opera Orchestra and the Southwest Florida Symphony and is co-principal clarinet of The Symphonia Boca Raton.

The three also teach; all of that is virtual these days, as well.

"It's not exactly ideal, but you can get something done," Mr. Forte said. "I think you just have to adjust and figure out a way to make the best of it and do what you can do in a lesson like that."

Streaming does have its advantages.

"We're not limited to the three halls in Palm Beach County," Mr. Forte said.

Mr. Ellert took it one step further.

"My family lives in Denver and New York and all over the place, they've never been to a concert of ours, but now they can attend," he said. "We can get our friends and families from all over the world. It's not just local anymore when you do it this way. I mean, it's not ideal, obviously, but it does open up the audience to anyone."

Palm Beach Chamber Music Festival

This year's festival is in three parts, streaming at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, July 17, 24 and 31.

Tickets: $10 per program or $25 for a subscription for three. Info:


Robert Muczynski (1929-2010) — "Fragments" (1958) for flute, clarinet and bassoon

Karen Fuller, Michael Forte and Michael Ellert.

Antonín Dvorák (1841-1904) — "Trio No. 3 in F Minor," Opus 65, for violin, cello and piano

III. Poco adagio. With Dina Kostic, Susan Bergeron and Lisa Leonard.

Darius Milhaud (1892-1974) — "Suite," Opus 157b, for clarinet, violin and piano. With Michael Forte, Dina Kostic and Joseph Kingma.


Carl Maria von Weber (1786-1826) — "Trio in G Minor," Opus 63, J. 259, for flute, cello and piano. I. Allegro moderato; III. "Schäfers Klage" — Andante espressivo. With Karen Fuller, Susan Bergeron and Joseph Kingma.

Paul Schoenfeld (b. 1947) — "Café Music," for violin, cello and piano. I. Allegro. With Dina Kostic, Susan Bergeron and Lisa Leonard.

Jules Massenet (1842-1912) — "Meditation from 'Thaïs'," for violin and piano. With Mei Mei Luo and Lisa Leonard.

Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857) — "Trio Pathétique in D Minor," for clarinet, bassoon and piano. III. Largo; IV. Allegro con spirit. With Michael Forte, Michael Ellert and Joseph Kingma.


Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) — "Trio in D Major," Opus 70, No. 1 "Ghost," for violin, cello and piano. I. Allegro vivace e con brio. With Dina Kostic, Susan Bergeron, Lisa Leonard.

Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)— "Tarantella," Opus 6, for flute, clarinet and piano. With Karen Fuller, Michael Forte, Joseph Kingma.

Georg Friedrich Handel (1685-1759) and Johan Halvorsen (1864-1935) — "Passacaglia," Opus 20, No. 2, for violin and cello. With Mei Mei Luo and Susan Bergeron.

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) — "Trio No. 2 in C Major," Opus 87, for violin, cello and piano. I. Allegro. With Dina Kostic, Susan Bergeron and Lisa Leonard.

¦ Musicians:
Flute — Karen Fuller
Clarinet — Michael Forte
Bassoon — Michael Ellert
Piano — Joseph Kingma
Violin — Mei Mei Luo
Violin — Dina Kostic
Cello — Susan Bergeron
Piano — Lisa Leonard ¦

Las Cruces Public Schools expands virtual learning academy - KFOX El Paso

Posted: 08 Jul 2020 07:35 PM PDT

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