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French Baroque Music and Dance Workshop with Live Music

When: 8pm-10pm Monday, 12/2/19
Where: UC Berkeley’s Hertz Hall

A French Baroque Music and Dance Workshop featuring:

  • Baroque dance specialist Jennifer Meller
  • Musicians from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra and Chorale
  • University Baroque Ensemble, Co-Directed by Carla Moore and Katherine Heater
  • Music from the opera “Armide,” a masterpiece composed by Jean Baptiste Lully

Free event open to public, registration required. NO PRIOR DANCE EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED! Participants may audit or dance.

Register HERE.

KDFC Kids Discovery Day

When: All day, Sunday 2/23/20
Where: The Tech Interactive, San Jose

Lisa Grodin, violin, and Kristin Zoernig, bass, will perform a mini-concert in the auditorium at 10:30am, followed by PBO’s popular composition activity “PBO’s Music, by Kids, for Kids” in the museum.

Free event open to the public, registration required.

Register HERE.

A Journey Around the World in Stories and Music

When: 1pm-2:30pm Tuesday, 2/25/20
Where: Oshman JCC, Palo Alto

Why settle for a winter “staycation” when you can journey around the world? Storyteller Joel Ben Izzy and musicians from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra return to the Palo Alto JCC by popular demand, offering a program of stories and music that will carry you from the marketplace in Old City of Jerusalem to a Turkish bathhouse in Istanbul, from a shul in old Krackow to the southernmost pub in Ireland – and places far beyond.

Performers:
Joel Ben Izzy, storyteller
Lisa Grodin, violin
Paul Hale, cello
Peter Maund, percussion

Open to public, no registration required. Admission $15 at the door or one punch on the Community Tuesdays punch card.

For more info: https://www.paloaltojcc.org/Events/a-journey-around-the-world-in-stories-and-music

Musically Mostly Pesach

When: 1:15pm-2:15pm Thursday, 4/16/20

Where: Jewish Community Center of San Francisco

Dayenu! It would have been enough to sing Passover songs around the Seder table; now we’re offered music performed by a string quintet from Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale. How is this program different from usual concert fare? The ensemble will perform programmatic music representing events and circumstances of the Exodus and music more broadly based around Passover themes such as redemption and renewal. The program will include selections by Vivaldi, Handel, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Gershwin.
Performers:
Kati Kyme and Anthony Martin, violins
Jessica Troy, viola
William Skeen, cello

Kristin Zoernig, bass

Free event open to public, registration required.

Register HERE.

Romantic Ballet: The Dawn of Classical Ballet [PAST EVENT]

A Community Music and Dance Event!

with Claudia Bauer, Christopher Lam and Lisa Grodin

Sunday, September 29, 2019
1:30PM–5:30PM

ODC Dance Commons, 351 Shotwell Street, San Francisco
Tickets $60

The Romantic era was the dawn of ballet as we know it, with steps and technique that are different from ours in many ways, but are equally complex, rigorous and expressive. In this workshop we’ll do a 90-minute technique class composed of barre and center exercises described in the technical manuals of the 1820s-1850s – the same exercises done by dancers like Marie Taglioni and Carlotta Grisi, Jules Perrot and Arthur St. Leon – followed by two hours of choreography (including the iconic fluffy white tutus). Violinist Lisa Grodin of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale will accompany us and talk about the instruments and music of the time. Throughout the workshop, we’ll explore how music and dance – and musician and dancers – interact with each other.

This material corresponds to an intermediate class but is adaptable to all levels, and no experience is required. Dancers wore soft slippers at the time, so ballet slippers, dance sneakers, socks or jazz shoes are great. If you want to wear pointe shoes, we recommend wearing a dead or very broken-in pair; pointe shoes in the 1830s were essentially darned soft slippers, and dancers of the era spent minimal time on actual pointe and lots of time on demi.

Stay tuned for news of the next dance and music event!

Questions? Email PBO’s Director of Education Lisa Grodin (lgrodin@philharmonia.org)

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Claudia Bauer grew up dancing and watching ballet in the Bay Area. In 2012 she began studying historical ballet and Baroque and Renaissance dance, and she currently studies Romantic-era ballet with Sandra Noll Hammond. As a professional dance writer and critic, Claudia is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle, Dance Magazine, Pointe Magazine, DanceTabs.com, In Dance and other publications.

Christopher Lam was born in Brisbane, Australia. A recipient of the prestigious Graeme Murphy scholarship he trained with Betsy Sawyers before studying at the Australian Ballet School. Christopher has danced with Australian Ballet, Geneva Ballet, Gothenburg Ballet, Croatian National Ballet and Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. He enjoys sharing the knowledge acquired on this wonderful journey and is inspired by all those who allow themselves to be touched by the art form.

Lisa Grodin is Director of Education for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale, and as a violinist and violist she regularly performs with PBO, Voices of Music, American Bach Soloists, and El Mundo. Her lifelong passion for dance has infused many of her educational endeavors over the years; she has been honored to collaborate in education events with dancer-scholars such as Catherine Turocy, Jen Meller, Carlos Venturo, Chris Lam, and Claudia Bauer.

Community Music Day [PAST EVENT]

When: 10:30am-1:30pm (full event goes to 3pm) Sunday, 10/20/19
Where: Crowden Music Center, Berkeley

Lisa Grodin, violin, and Kristin Zoernig, bass, will perform a mini-concert at 12:45pm in the auditorium, followed by PBO’s popular composition activity “PBO’s Music, By Kids, for Kids” in the school’s library.

Free event open to public, no registration required.

For more info: https://www.crowden.org/concerts-and-events/community-music-day

Dance and Music Workshop: The Dawn of Classical Ballet [POSTPONED]

with Dancer and Dance Historian Claudia Bauer and PBO violinist Lisa Grodin

When: 1:30pm-4:30pm Sunday, 11/3/19
Where: Shawl-Anderson Dance Center, Berkeley

The 19th century was the dawn of ballet as we know it today, married to the music of the time. Like musicians, ballet dancers were professionals who trained from childhood to master a classical technique that was in every way as complex, challenging and expressive as modern technique.

In this workshop, violinist Lisa Grodin of Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra will accompany the dance and talk about the instruments and music of the time. Throughout the workshop, we’ll explore how music and dance – and musician and dancers – interact with each other.

This material corresponds to an intermediate class but is adaptable to all levels, and no experience is required. Dancers wore soft slippers at the time, so ballet slippers, dance sneakers, socks or jazz shoes are great. Observers are welcome.

We’ll do a barre and center based on music and exercises from treatises of the 1820s and 1830s. Then we’ll learn the charming petit allegro “Petit pas pour la Princesse Catherine,” created by Michel Saint-Léon for 9-year-old Princess Catherine of Württemburg in 1830.

The material corresponds to an intermediate-level class, but no experience is required. Ballet slippers, dance sneakers, socks or jazz shoes are all great.

$25/general
$15/students
$15/observers

Register HERE.

Questions? Contact PBO Director of Education Lisa Grodin (lgrodin@philharmonia.org)

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