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The Swan Series

February 10, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

The White Lake Music Society will present four dynamic lectures entitled “The Swan Series!” Join host Robert Swan as he shares many of his insights, experiences, and expertise gleaned from 36 years of performing in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under such famed conductors as George Solti, Daniel Barenboim, Leonard Bernstein, Leopoldo Stowkowski, Claudio Abbado, and many others. Each lecture will be held at the United Methodist Church at 4:00pm. The suggested donation is $7 at the door.
November 4 – Overtures
Join Bob Swan in looking at the many different types of overtures and their purposes. Examples might include the very popular Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” or the obscure, yet recognizable, “Donna Diana Overture,” by Reznicek. There will be many others, from Baroque to Modern, that will stir your heart. Bob has performed these overtures many times all across the world with the CSO, gaining new perspectives along the way.
December 2 – Christmas Inspiration!
Composers throughout history have loved writing for the Christmas season. Bob will share about the many examples, from Corelli to Menotti, Bach to Brahms, and the beloved Handel’s Messiah, the Baroque-era oratorio that still awes listeners 259 years after the composer’s death. This was originally an Easter offering, but is now a fixture of the Christmas season.
February 10 – The Radicals
The Swan Series continues with an in-depth look at Beethoven’s Symphony #1 in C Major and Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Mr. Swan will show us how these composers, who were radicals in their day, paved the way for the music of the future.
March 10 – Wagner’s Tristan Undisolde
Ending the current Swan Series, Bob will discuss the Prelude and Liebestod from Wagner’s great opera “Tristan und Isolde” and how it is an incredible offering to music, beauty, and love. Looking closer at the inner workings of this enigmatic music will show us that it is both puzzling and yet pure.
The Swan Series is a program of the White Lake Music Society which produces world-class chamber music concerts, promotes and supports classical music learning opportunities for all ages, and creates awareness of the value and significance of fine music. More information may be found at www.whitelakemusic.org.