The Harmonica is one of the easiest instruments to learn how to play and they are very inexpensive! Here is your chance to have some fun and learn how to quickly play a handful of songs to entertain your friends. OLLI is teaming up with the White Crow Conservatory of Music on Mackinaw in Saginaw to offer this class. Bring your own harmonica, or arrive early to purchase one at the White Crow for approximately $25. Music books will also be available for purchase. Classes will be taught be Ziggie Zeitler, owner of the White Crow and a seasoned performer for 45 years. The class limit is 15
A Symphonic Skinner in Saginaw: Restoring the Hidden American Gem (231)
For the past two years, the Skinner Organ at First Congregational Church in Saginaw has been undergoing restoration. In this class, Nicholas Schmelter, the Minister of Music at the church and the dean of the Saginaw Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, will introduce you to the Skinner’s symphonic style of organ building. He will provide musical examples, anecdotes, and a tour which will provide a sensory learning experience tracing how the orchestral tradition in the U.S. impacted organ design, tonal construction, and present-day preservation. The class will be held at the church on South Jefferson Avenue in Saginaw.
SBSO Preview Lectures with Maestro Brett Mitchell (232)
Join Saginaw Bay Symphony music director Brett Mitchell as he delves into the pieces which the symphony will perform two days after each talk. The February presentation will cover the Don Giovanni Overture by Mozart, Don Juan by Strauss, selections from Porgy and Bess by Gershwin, Tristan and Isolde by Wagner and Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky. The March presentation will cover Celebrate Discovery by Williams, The Infinite Spaces by Jalbert, Mothership by Bates and The Planets by Holst. The April talk will cover Gazebo Dances by Corigliano, Violin Concerto by Barber and Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius. This will be a fun, in-depth look at what you can expect to hear the following Saturday night. Tickets to the concert are not included in the class fee.
Thursdays: February 13, March 20 & April 24 2:30 - 4:20 p.m. Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members Room: ES115