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Course Description

Evergreen Seminars for Spring 2021    

They are included in the price of an Evergreen Passport, but enrollment is required.  

Spring Seminars will be held remotely via Zoom.  Each seminar will have its own unique Zoom link.  

  • Register for the seminar(s) you wish to attend
    • If you have an Evergreen Passport:  Choose "Other Methods" and select "Evergreen" from the dropdown menu.  The charge will be removed from your account.
  • The Zoom link will be active on the first day of the seminar to all enrolled students.  More information is available here  
  • Log in to Evergreen/CPE student account.  (We recommend you do this before the first class date.)
  • Access the Zoom link and recordings:  Go to My Enrollment History -> Click on the Seminar -> Link will show below in "View Online Resources" to join the seminar for each session.  On the last day of the session, you can find this under the Completed tab.  

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Section Title
Evergreen Seminar: Best Short Stories
Type
Lecture
Days
W
Time
2:00PM to 3:30PM
Dates
Mar 17, 2021 to Apr 14, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
7.5
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes

Taline Voskeritchian, lecturer in BU’S College of Communication and longtime contributor to the Evergreen Seminar Series, discusses work from The Best American Short Stories (2020). In preparation for the class, students are asked to purchase their own copy of the collection and to read In the Event by Meng Jin and The Hands of Dirty Children by Alejandro Puyana.

The class will be held via Zoom.  A link will be available prior to the class start.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Mandatory) The Best American Short Stories by Curtis Sittenfeld © 2020 ISBN 9781328485373
Section Title
Evergreen Seminar: Ask the Conductor
Type
Lecture
Days
Th
Time
2:00PM to 3:00PM
Dates
Apr 01, 2021 to Apr 15, 2021
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
3.0
Delivery Options
Evergreen  
Course Fee(s)
Evergreen Seminar non-credit $30.00
Section Notes


Ask the Conductor

When you attend a concert or opera or musical, do you wonder about the instrumentalists on stage or in the pit? Who wrote the music and what were their expectations, why those particular instruments, what did the players do to earn that spot, how do they maintain their skills, when is it okay to clap? In three sessions conductor Steven Lipsitt explores the rich fabric of classical music performance. All meetings will include musical examples, and time for questions.

1. Orchestra and Audience

Learn about the history of the orchestra and the instruments that comprise it, the evolution of the concert experience, how some classical music was the shared “pop” music of its day.

2. Theme and Variations

Composers of the Baroque and (especially) Classical and Romantic eras frequently turned to music by their predecessors as a source for thematic material. In some ways this is as close as we can get to the genius of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven as improvisers. While we think of jazz as the home of spontaneous invention, improvisation was a staple of 17th- and 18th-century composers. Mozart’s variations on a nursery rhyme, Beethoven’s variations on a Mozart opera duet, Brahms’ variations on Handel and Haydn will all be sampled (along with a 21st-century example).

3. Rhythm and Emotions

How do master composers use rhythmic figuration to create atmosphere and evoke a mood or feeling in the listener? What psychological or theatrical role do repetition and form play in the persuasiveness of a musical composition?

Steven Lipsitt conducting at Prague Castle

Steven Lipsitt is founding Music Director of the Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society of Boston, Music Director of the Heritage Chorale, and Conductor of The Apollo Club. He has conducted orchestras in Russia, Greece, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, Canada, and the U.S.  Steven has been a guest conductor at Scottish Opera, the Kennedy Center Opera House, Boston Lyric Opera, the Boston Pops, and Boston Ballet, and has served as cover conductor for the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Toronto, and Boston. He has trained young musicians at Tanglewood, New England Conservatory, Boston University, the Hartt School of Music, and the Boston Conservatory Opera Theatre. Steven has collaborated with Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Odetta, Bobby McFerrin, the Empire Brass Quintet, and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

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