Issue No. 8
April, 2015
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter
spring-raingear.jpgComposers throughout history have been inspired by nature.  The season of spring is especially inspiring because everything seems to come back to life after a long winter.  Join us as we explore the sounds of spring through the music of some great composers.  Enjoy and happy listening!

Music 101
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(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1  and Listener Worksheet #2)

* This symbol indicates that a Music 101 faculty member will perform in this concert!

*4/10 (Fri.), 8:30pm - Josh Garvey Performs (Cambridge) Come support our own Josh Garvey as he performs his graduate degree recital in voice!  The recital will last about 45 minutes and take place at First Church in Cambridge's Jewett Hall (11 Garden Street Cambridge, 02138).  This recital is free and open to the public. 

4/11 (Sat.), 8pm - Lexington Symphony (Lexington)
Come hear the symphony perform "European Delights" from the Romantic era.  Works by Mendelssohn, Elgar, and Tchaikovsky will be performed by the orchestra and piano soloist Paul Carlson.

*4/12 (Sun.), 11am - Josh Garvey Performs (Boston)
Another chance to see Josh Garvey in action!  He will perform as part of the chorus in Vivaldi's "Gloria" during Sunday service at First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St. Boston, 02116).

4/25 (Sat.), 12pm - Boston Youth Symphony Family Concert (Boston) (Instrument demonstrations/playground 10:30-11:30am) Affiliated with the Boston Symphony, the youth orchestra will present a concert geared toward children ages 3-8 and their families!  With adult tickets for $20 and children's tickets FREE, this is a great opportunity to introduce kids to the symphony!

5/2 (Sat.), 8pm- Melrose Symphony Pops (Melrose) Don't miss your last chance to see our hometown symphony this season!  This fun concert of popular music includes Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and some TV and movie favorites!   
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(Use this section with Listener Worksheet #1  and Listener Worksheet #2)

Violin and Orchestra: Antonio Vivaldi " 'Spring' from the Four Seasons, movement 1" (Gidon Kremer, violin soloist with the English Chamber Orchestra) This famous piece of music illustrates a poem about chirping birds, flowing streams, and a rainstorm.  See if you can hear the violin soloist and his friends making bird sounds near the beginning.  You can also listen for the rainstorm in the middle when the orchestra starts to make angry sounds.  You can learn more about how Vivaldi's music goes with the poem here.     

Piano: Frederic Chopin "Raindrop Prelude" (Valentina Igoshina, piano) Sometimes the spring rain falls in gentle drops instead of loud, angry storms.  Can you hear the raindrops falling in this music?  The piano plays repeated notes throughout which sound like soft raindrops hitting a window.

Voice Duet: Leo Delibes "Flower Duet from Lakme" (Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca, sopranos)
Besides birds and raindrops, the season of spring is also known for its colorful flowers.  In this music, two women sing about the beautiful flowers they are picking by a river.  The melody has many extra notes to make it sound fancy like it is decorated with flowers.   

Electric Guitar: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov "Flight of the Bumblebee" (Luis Moreno, electric guitar)
Spring is also when the busy bumblebees start to come out.  Composer Rimsky-Korsakov was inspired by the fast-moving, buzzing bee when he originally wrote this piece for orchestra.  Here it is adapted for electric guitar.  The guitarist plays along with a recording called a backing track.  This makes it sound like the whole orchestra is playing with him. 
For Students
Check out these great 5-6 minute radio shows.  Just click the play button to listen.  Fill out listener worksheets about what you hear to get points!

About Antonio Vivaldi
(Use Listener Worksheet 3) 

Poetry/Sound Effects in Vivaldi's "Spring"
(Use Listener Worksheet 4)

Violin Concertos Through the Ages
(Use Listener Worksheet 4)

Spring Music
(Use Listener Worksheet 4)  
In This Issue
Composers & Artists
How to Earn Listener Points!
You can earn Listener Points by exploring this newsletter, completing worksheets, and redeeming them for great prizes!  Here is how:


1) Download Listener Worksheets from our website or pick up copies at the studio. 


2) Go to a concert!  See our "Live Concerts" section for ideas.  Turn in your program for 10 points.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or
about something you heard for 10 additional points. 


3) Listen online!  Listen to one of the videos in the "Listen Online" section and turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or Listener Worksheet #2 for 10 points.

4) Click on a link in the "Composers & Artists" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #3 for 10 points.

5) Click on a link in the "Other Links" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #4 for 10 points.    

5) Look up any music topic that interests you.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #5 for 10 points.