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Concerto Workshop and Sonatina Celebration

• Division I: Sonatina Celebration

  Sat., Jan. 13,  2:00-4:30 p.m.
  $50 per PMA student, $65 Non PMA student

The afternoon will begin with a masterclass.  Each student will rehearse one movement of a sonatina by Clementi, Kuhlau, Beethoven, Schumann, or Burgmueller with The Midas String Quartet while the other students observe.  Members of The Midas Quartet (pictured here involving audience members in a concert in October 2017) will coach the pianist on elements of the piece, how the parts fit together, cueing techniques, communication, and expression as well as integrate the observing pianists.  A short break will be had by all followed by a concert open to the public of the rehearsed Sonatinas.  The Midas Quartet will also perform a selection from their repertoire!  Pieces from which to choose:

  • Beethoven, Sonatina in F Major - 2 mvts. - Allegro assai or Rondo
  • Beethoven Sonatina in G Major - 2 mvts. - Moderato or Romanza
  • Burgmueller - Arabesque
  • Burgmueller - Ballade
  • Clementi, Op. 36, No. 1 - 3 mvts. - Allegro, Andante, or Vivace
  • Clementi, Op. 36, No. 3 - 1 mvt. - Spiritoso
  • Kuhlau, Op. 55, No. 1 - 2 mvts. - Allegro or Vivace
  • Mozart - Arietta
  • Schumann - The Wild Rider

 

• Division II: Group Strings


  Sat., Jan. 13, Rehearsal (morning; exact schedule TBA based on student availability)
  Sun., Jan. 14, Performance 3:00 p.m. (order of performers is somewhat flexible to occomodate other activities)
  $80 per PMA student, $95 Non PMA student

Students will perform one of the selected pieces in a group, or with a teacher, accompanied by a professional orchestra. On Saturday, the group of players will rehearse with a string quartet and the conductor. Specific times will be assigned based upon player's availability.  Participants are invited to observe all rehearsals, but only required to attend at the assigned time.  This aspect of the program is designed to allow participants to be able to attend other activities like sporting events and orchestral rehearsals as well as participate in this workshop.  The Sunday performance will be with a larger ensemble, including winds and brass if the scores calls for those instruments and players are available. Choose from the following selections.  

  Violins:

  •   Concerto No. 2, Mvt. 3 - Seitz
  •   Concerto No. 5, Mvt. 1 or 3 – Seitz
  •   Concerto in A Minor, any movement – Vivaldi
  •   Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, Mvt. 1 – Bach


  Cellos:

  • The Swan - Saint-Saëns
  • Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos, Mvt. 1 – Vivaldi
  • Arioso - Bach
  • Concerto - Goltermann 


  Violas:

  •   Concerto in G Major, any mvt. – Telemann
  •   Concerto in G Major for Two Violas, any Mvt. - Telemann

**Students who wish to play Division II pieces as soloists may enter Division III.


• Division III: Soloists with Orchestra


  Sat., Jan. 13, Rehearsal (morning; exact schedule TBA based on student availability)
  Sun., Jan. 14, Performance 3:00 (order of performers is somewhat flexible to occomodate other activities)

  • $130 per PMA student for Baroque or Classical period (Non PMA student $150)
  • $155 per PMA student for romantic or 20th Century pieces (Non PMA student $175)


Students who are prepared to perform a movement from a concerto with orchestra will have a rehearsal on Saturday and will perform for the public on Sunday.* On Saturday, the soloist will rehearse with a string quartet and the conductor. Specific times will be assigned based upon player's availability. Participants are invited to observe all rehearsals, but only required to attend at the assigned time. This aspect of the program is designed to allow participants to be able to attend other activities like sporting events and orchestral rehearsals as well as participate in this workshop. The Sunday performance will be with a larger ensemble, including winds and brass if the scores calls for those instruments and players are available. Pieces should be chosen from the standard literature, so that orchestral parts are readily available.  Feel free to inquire if your piece is available in orchestral form.

* We reserve the right to ensure that only those students who are well prepared perform on Sunday. The conductor will make the final decision. Students who wish to play Division II pieces as soloists may enter Division III.

Students who would like a private coaching with the conductor can do so for an additional fee of $80.  Coachings will be scheduled by appointment.

 

Read about Jack Kurutz, our conductor here at his website:  http://www.jackkurutz.com/biography.html

Please call or email here for any questions.

 

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Upcoming Events
Sunday, January 7 - First Sundays Recital Series 2:00pm
Saturday, January 13 through Sunday, January 14 - Concerto Workshop and Sonatina Celebration at Unity Presbyterian Church. Information can be found under NOW PLAYING> Concerto workshop and Sonatina Celebration.
Why choose PMA?

The cornerstone of our school is the conviction that every child can,with careful teaching and parental support, become a successful musician able to make music a part of his or her life. We believe music study will enrich their lives through appreciation of beauty, development of disciplined work habits, and increased self-esteem.