Center for Arts & Humanity
(Note: Two sessions meet at Bayfront Center.)
This new course is a continuation of the hugely
popular “Symphonic Life” course available in the
fall and will explore additional aspects of the life
and work of Orchestral musicians. Students are
encouraged, but not required, to enroll in “The
Symphonic Life” course before taking this course.
Class size is limited. Six musicians from the
Sarasota Orchestra offer one lecture each on the
• Traditions of the Orchestra (Betsy Hudson
Traba): Why does the Concertmaster walk
out onstage last? Why does the oboe tune the
orchestra? What’s the REAL story on clapping
between the movements of symphonies? Learn
the origin of some of classical music’s quirkiest traditions
and how they are changing today.
• A Week in the Life (Adam DeSorgo): The concerts
you hear come together in orchestra rehearsals, but
what does each musician do individually outside
of the concert hall? How much do musicians
practice? How do they maintain their instruments?
What’s up with those people who make their own
reeds, anyway? Do musicians teach? Do they
play elsewhere? Spend “a week in the life” of an
average Orchestral musician.
• Performance Practice (Jonathan Spivey): Focus
on the evolution of style, as it relates both to
individual instruments and to the Orchestra as a
whole. “Performance practice” will be central to our
discovery of the way composers expected (and now
expect) musicians to interpret what is on the page.
From the harpsichord of the Baroque Era to the
synthesizer of our time, keyboard instruments will
receive special attention.
March 3, 17, 24 and 31 - Meet at Center for Arts and Humanity.
March 10, April 7 - Meet at Bayfront Center.
, March 03-April 07
1st Floor Conference Room