Vol. 2 Issue No. 1
September 2015
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter
Welcome Back! Whether we saw you over the summer or not, the new school year is a time for new beginnings. Things at Music 101 are no different. We are starting two new group classes this fall (check them out in the "Music 101 Events" section). In honor of our new small ensemble class, all of the videos this month are of small ensembles.  Who knew such a large variety of music could be played by such small groups of musicians?  Happy Listening!

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Sept. 2015 - Registration for New Classes is Open!
Have you heard? Music 101 has been busy this summer adding new classes to our curriculum! Use your skills to play in a group in our Small Ensemble Class or practice performing on stage in our Group Performance Class! New classes will begin in October.  Register now to secure your spot!  

9/20 (Sun.) - Small Ensemble Auditions! Try out to be part of our new small ensemble class!  There is nothing more fun than playing music in a group.  Check out the link for more information!
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9/26 (Sat.), 8 P.M.- Cape Ann Symphony (Manchester-by-the-Sea)  Come hear three of the most famous classical works live!  The orchestra will play Ravel's "Bolero", Gershwin's "An American in Paris", and Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition". 

9/27 (Sun.), 4 P.M. - Opera at Longy sings "American Songbook and Broadway Revue" (Cambridge) Spend a Sunday afternoon outdoors listening to some great music! This FREE outdoor concert will take place at the Harvard University Science Center Plaza.  Come hear your favorite Broadway and American popular music performed by singers from the Longy opera program!

10/2 (Fri.), 7:30 P.M. or 10/4 (Sun.), 3 P.M. - Handel and Haydn Society (Boston) Go back in time and listen to instruments from the baroque era live!  The Handel and Haydn Society specializes in playing music from the baroque and classical eras on historically-accurate instruments!  The orchestra and chorus will perform Mozart's "Requiem" in this concert. 
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Classical Piano Trio (piano, violin, cello)
Johannes Brahms "Piano trio in C minor" Movement 3 (Elena Bashkirova, piano; Maxim Vengerov, violin; Boris Pergamenschikow, cello) Before recording technology was invented, people played live music at home. A large orchestra would not fit in someone's house, so composers had to write pieces for small ensembles. Classical players call small ensemble music "chamber music". Imagine this lush, beautiful music being played live right in your living room!  

Piano - 6 hand trio

Gioachino Rossini "Barber of Seville Fantasy" arr. Diederich Krug (Pepi Pilibossian, Mikael Oganes, Harout Senekeremian, pianists) Playing in a small ensemble is a lot of fun.  Sometimes you only need one instrument and some talented players.  Here three pianists enjoy cramming onto one keyboard and playing some of their favorite opera melodies.  
Jazz Trio (guitar, drums, bass)
"Sunday Mornin" (The Duke Robillard Jazz Trio) Small ensemble music doesn't have to be classical.  Here a trio of instruments plays a jazz tune.  Listen for the drum solo in the middle!  In jazz music, the musicians take turns improvising solos, or making them up as they go along.   
A Cappella Vocal Quartet
"Go the Distance" from Disney's Hercules (Rendezvous Quartet) From rock bands to pop vocal groups, small ensembles are still a popular way to perform music today.  Listen as this vocal quartet sings "Go the Distance" from the movie Hercules . Notice that the singers don't need background instruments.  They make all of the sounds with their voices alone.  This is called singing "a cappella".
In This Issue
Composers & Artists
Other Links
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
for 10 points. 

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

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