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Surveys on Wagner and Stravinsky

New Online Summer Programs

Richard Wagner: A Survey

Faculty: Stefano Flavoni, instructor
Ages: 14 – 18
When: June 15 – July 3; Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Tuition: $325
Application Deadline: June 1
Requirements:  Basic understanding of tonal harmony; Texts as listed below

This survey course will examine in depth the music, poetry, historical context, and legacy of the operas of Richard Wagner. We will analyze Wagner’s advancements in harmony and composition, as well as his impacts on operatic performance as a whole. In addition, we will discuss the sensitive issues surrounding mounting performances of Wagner in 2020. This course will rely extensively on listening to and watching full productions of Wagner’s operas, and thus will require an extensive amount of listening per week.

Igor Stravinsky: A Survey

Faculty: Stefano Flavoni, instructor

Ages: 14 – 18
When: July 6 – July 24; Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Tuition: $325
Application Deadline: June 15
Requirements:  Basic understanding of tonal harmony

This survey course will examine the compositional developments of Igor Stravinsky through the 20th-century. With each week examining a different stylistic period, we will be able to track Stravinsky in his personal artistic philosophy, and how that changed following the First and Second World Wars. We will see how Stravinsky’s complicated relationship with his Russian heritage found its way into his music, as well as how he redefined himself in both Paris and Los Angeles. In addition, we will also examine the important figures in Stravinsky’s life, including Sergei Diaghilev, Robert Craft, and Dylan Thomas.

Faculty

Stefano Flavoni is an Italian-American conductor and pianist currently serving as Assistant Conductor of San Francisco Symphony and Music Director of both the Opera Scenes and Contemporary Music programs in the SFCM Pre-College. Maestro Flavoni has worked alongside some of the leading musicians today, including Herbert Blomstedt, Marek Janowski, Manfred Honeck, and Emanuel Ax. In the 2020-2021 season, he will also serve as Interim Music Director of the Contra Costa Chamber Orchestra. Flavoni has had the pleasure of participating in masterclasses with some of the world's top artists, including Sir Simon Rattle, Pierre-Andre Valade, and Ian Bostridge. An ardent advocate for inspiring music performance in the younger generations, Flavoni is also an artist-in-residence with the San Francisco Arts Education Project and formerly served as a research fellow in music and philosophy at the Zephyr Institute at Stanford University. Maestro Flavoni’s mentors have included James Levine, Kent Nagano, David Milnes, Marika Kuzma, and Davitt Moroney. He completed his Bachelor of Arts in Music at the University of California, Berkeley as a Regents and Chancellor's Scholar, followed by graduate studies at the University of Michigan in conducting.