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Sunday, April 15, 2018 2:00 PM // Hill Auditorium Mezzanine Lobby

Apollo’s Fire: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo
UMS 101: Classical Music & Opera

This class will introduce participants to the one of the earliest examples of opera that still has a place in the present repertoire 400 years later: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.

Participants will learn about the building blocks of opera and the story that unfolds in the piece, and understand how the rich history of L’Orfeo has influenced what will be performed on stage.

Immediately following the class, participants will attend the Opera in Concert of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, performed by Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s celebrated Baroque orchestra, led by conductor Jeannette Sorrell, in a semi-staged production with period dancers.

To participate in UMS 101, you must register through the Rec & Ed website and pay the registration fee ($19 for workshop-only, or $59 for workshop and includes a ticket to the performance).

The instructors for this course are Joseph Gascho and Matthew Ozawa, both of whom are Assistant Professors of Music at the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Joseph Gascho has performed for enrapt audiences across the world, from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Canter to Paris, Tokyo and Taipei.  He has guest-conducted and performed concerti with Apollo’s Fire, and served as conductor with Opera Vivente, the Maryland Opera Studio and the Peabody Institute.  He recently conducted four all-Bach concerts for Apollo’s Fire, “leading with energy, authority and a conducting technique that inspired the musicians he led to perform at their highest level.  Gascho serves on the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival’s Baroque Instrumental Program. He has spent years mentoring students at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College, where he teaches basso continuo, coaches chamber music and conducts the student orchestra.

Assistant Professor of Music & Opera Director at The University of Michigan Matthew Ozawa has an international career spanning all artistic disciplines having worked for companies worldwide including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Macau International Festival, and Opera Siam. Additionally, Ozawa is the Founder and Artistic Director of Mozawa, a Chicago-based incubator advancing collaborative art and artists. Upcoming engagements he is working on include: An American Soldier (Opera Theatre of St Louis) and Madama Butterfly (The Santa Fe Opera).

This event is part of a new collaboration between UMS and Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (“Rec & Ed”).

Each UMS 101 class will be facilitated by a dance, jazz, or classical music expert and feature conversation, interactive exercises, and mini-lectures that will help you better understand the genre and have a more enjoyable UMS performance experience. The classes will bring you together with other audience members who are curious about the performing arts and want to learn more.

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4/15/18 2:00 PM
Hill Auditorium Mezzanine Lobby

Apollo’s Fire: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo
UMS 101: Classical Music & Opera

DETAILS

This class will introduce participants to the one of the earliest examples of opera that still has a place in the present repertoire 400 years later: Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo.

Participants will learn about the building blocks of opera and the story that unfolds in the piece, and understand how the rich history of L’Orfeo has influenced what will be performed on stage.

Immediately following the class, participants will attend the Opera in Concert of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, performed by Apollo’s Fire, Cleveland’s celebrated Baroque orchestra, led by conductor Jeannette Sorrell, in a semi-staged production with period dancers.

To participate in UMS 101, you must register through the Rec & Ed website and pay the registration fee ($19 for workshop-only, or $59 for workshop and includes a ticket to the performance).

The instructors for this course are Joseph Gascho and Matthew Ozawa, both of whom are Assistant Professors of Music at the U-M School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Joseph Gascho has performed for enrapt audiences across the world, from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Canter to Paris, Tokyo and Taipei.  He has guest-conducted and performed concerti with Apollo’s Fire, and served as conductor with Opera Vivente, the Maryland Opera Studio and the Peabody Institute.  He recently conducted four all-Bach concerts for Apollo’s Fire, “leading with energy, authority and a conducting technique that inspired the musicians he led to perform at their highest level.  Gascho serves on the faculty at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and at the Twin Cities Early Music Festival’s Baroque Instrumental Program. He has spent years mentoring students at the Baroque Performance Institute at Oberlin College, where he teaches basso continuo, coaches chamber music and conducts the student orchestra.

Assistant Professor of Music & Opera Director at The University of Michigan Matthew Ozawa has an international career spanning all artistic disciplines having worked for companies worldwide including Lyric Opera of Chicago, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Canadian Opera Company, San Francisco Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Santa Fe Opera, the Macau International Festival, and Opera Siam. Additionally, Ozawa is the Founder and Artistic Director of Mozawa, a Chicago-based incubator advancing collaborative art and artists. Upcoming engagements he is working on include: An American Soldier (Opera Theatre of St Louis) and Madama Butterfly (The Santa Fe Opera).

This event is part of a new collaboration between UMS and Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Education & Recreation (“Rec & Ed”).

Each UMS 101 class will be facilitated by a dance, jazz, or classical music expert and feature conversation, interactive exercises, and mini-lectures that will help you better understand the genre and have a more enjoyable UMS performance experience. The classes will bring you together with other audience members who are curious about the performing arts and want to learn more.

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