*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Music Heard ’Round the Town

In this course, the directors or principals of musical pillars of Charlottesville, will explain the composition, history, and musicality of works each organization will be performing this season. In these presentations, we will hear about composers’ thoughts and intentions, the performance history and background, insights and what to listen for, and how to especially enjoy the work. March 8: Jeremy Thompson will perform and discuss the inventive Fifteen Preludes for piano, by Nino Rota (best known for his film scores, including the scores to The Godfather, and and mainstream classical music)–part of a recital of Italian piano music performed in the Music on Park Street Concert Series. March 15: Michelle Krisel will examine Verdi’s immortal Rigoletto and Oklahoma by Rodgers and Hammerstein, along with Allen Shearer’s new opera, based on George Eliot’s novel, Middlemarch in Spring (part of the Festival of the Book). March 22: Michael Slon will discuss the works to be  performed by the University Singers and the Oratorio Society’s upcoming presentation of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and works included, in a Mother’s Day Concert, A Celebration of Great Choruses. March 29: Fiona Hughes, of Three Notch’d Road, will discuss the upcoming program Vivaldi on Fire, with an analysis of Italian Instrumental virtuosity, and demonstrate, using an original edition of Corelli’s composition, never recorded, two versions–one ornamented and the other unornamented.

Instructor Bio:

Jeremy Thompson, a concertizing organist and the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church in Charlottesville, was honored with two of Canada’s most prestigious doctoral fellowships earning a Doctorate of Music in Piano Performance. Thompson has performed, to universal acclaim in recital and concerto settings, with Saint Petersburg State Academic Orchestra, and many other Russian and world wide orchestras, along with significant solo work focusing on virtuosity, including his wildly acclaimed Rhapsody in Blue this past summer with the Charlottesville Symphony.
Artistic Director of the Ash Lawn, Michelle Krisel’s professional career in opera spans 35 years. When Plácido Domingo took the leadership of the Washington National Opera in 1996, he invited Ms. Krisel to join him as his Special Assistant. In 2002, he asked her to design and lead the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, to train singers, coach/accompanists, conductors, and directors on the verge of international careers. Before joining Washington National Opera, Ms. Krisel served for a decade as a pianist, vocal coach, accompanist, and assistant conductor at opera companies in the United States and abroad. She is a regular at the Met’s Saturday afternoon live broadcasts of “The Opera Quiz.”
Michael Slon is currently the conductor of the University Singers and Chamber Singers, a professor on the music faculty at the University of Virginia, a guest conductor for the Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia and the Music Director of the Oratorio Society of Virginia.
Violinist Fiona Hughes, with degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and Cleveland Institute of Music, is a founding member of Three Notch’d Road: The Charlottesville Baroque Ensemble. She is a versatile performer of both modern and baroque violin, appearing with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, Washington Bach Consort, Boston Baroque, Duke Vespers Ensemble, the Richmond Symphony, and the Handel + Haydn Society.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A25 Allen Hench Mar 8, 15, 22, 29 We 10:30 a.m.-Noon Unity of Charlottesville A

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