Center For Life Enrichment Classes

(Contact CLE at 828-526-8811 for details and pricing)


Saturday, July 8th, 10-12 Noon

Dr. Marie Sumner Lott – "The Rites of Spring"

Just as the spring season marks a cyclical rebirth as the world emerges from winter's respite, the works on the "Rites of Spring" program celebrate new beginnings in musical life at significant junctures in the history of concert music. This lecture will explore how the works of Vivaldi, Beethoven, and Stravinsky incorporate characteristic musical features of their age while also offering a glimpse of the new musical possibilities unfolding around them.


Saturday, July 15th, 10-12 Noon

Dr. Marie Sumner Lott

The Social Worlds of Nineteenth-Century Chamber Music

In this class, we'll explore the music and culture of amateur and professional chamber music performance in the Romantic era. Dr. Sumner Lott will share newly discovered evidence of the popularity of performing string quartets and quintets at home during this period, and we'll listen to excerpts of works that were designed for those audiences as well as works that were intended for public concert listening. The discussion will focus on how musical style evolved in response to particular ways of experiencing music, revealing the many social worlds of nineteenth-century chamber music.


Saturday, July 22nd, 10-12 Noon

Dr. Stephen Crist

"Strange Bedfellows: Beethoven and Czech Music"

This session will provide an overview of this weekend's repertoire at the Highlands-Cashiers Chamber Music Festival, including works by Beethoven and three important Czech composers (Smetana, Dvorak, and Martinu). We will also consider some little-known pieces for mandolin and keyboard, which Beethoven penned in Prague around 1796.


Tuesday, July 25th, 10-12 Noon

Elena Vizerskaya

"How to create new worlds - artistically and creatively"

Elena Vizerskaya is a master Ukrainian photo artist. Her passion for photography and collage creation began spontaneously in childhood and became her self-expression possibility and necessity as the way to say things that couldn't be said with words. Elena's works are sometimes compared with those of Dali and Magritte due to the complexity of artistic figures and a great number of layers of perception, though it is definitely an original artistic language and an absolutely unpredictable different reality. She will discuss her work from both a technical and an artistic standpoint."


Saturday, July 29th, 10-12 Noon

Dr. Stephen Crist

"Schubert's Greatest Chamber Work and Other Musical Masterpieces"

Franz Schubert's last chamber work, the String Quintet in C major, was completed in 1828, just two months before he died at the age of 31. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest compositions in the entire repertoire. This session will focus on this important piece and others to be performed by the Ariel Quartet in Highlands and Cashiers this weekend.

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