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Music Study Program: 2021 Speaker Series 

 January 11 | March 29 | April 19 | June 7 

The Mid-Peninsula League invites you to join us for this engaging four-part series featuring fascinating speakers and in-depth conversations on composers, conductors, and the creative minds behind the San Francisco Symphony. 

$30 per speaker date (or session)

To order by phone, call Tunisha Williams at 415-503-5351

Proceeds benefit the San Francisco Symphony and its myriad artistic, community, and education programs.

Monday, January 11 11am 

Peter Grunberg

Approaches to Beethoven: MTT, Blomstedt, and Liszt

Monday, January 11

  • Peter Grunberg Bio

    Former Musical Assistant to Michael Tilson Thomas, Peter Grunberg has appeared as a piano soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, performed at the Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, and Tanglewood festivals, and has collaborated in recital with such artists as Frederica von Stade, Thomas Hampson, and Joshua Bell. He has conducted at the Moscow Conservatory, Grand Théâtre de Genève, and the Sydney Opera House. Previously, Mr. Grunberg was Head of Music Staff at San Francisco Opera and also a principal collaborator on the San Francisco Symphony's Keeping Score project.

Monday, March 29 11am

Elizabeth Seitz

Mahler: His Music and Hidden Meanings

Monday, March 29

  • Dr. Elizabeth Seitz Bio

    Head of Music History at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Dr. Elizabeth A. Seitz received her Ph.D. from Boston University, completing a dissertation discussing the early works of Manuel de Falla and his relationship to the Impressionist movement in France. She has given papers on a variety of topics, including Schubert, MTV, and Tito Puente. She has taught at New England Conservatory, Washington University, Tufts University, Brown University, and Boston University. In addition to teaching, Seitz participates in a wide range of community outreach programs and is a frequent lecturer at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, Rockport Chamber Series, Tanglewood, and elsewhere. She has written a musicological murder mystery titled Dissertation Most Deadly and is currently working on the sequel.

Monday, April 19 
Sarah Cahill

An Inside Look at the San Francisco Symphony’s Eight Collaborative Partners

Monday, April 19

  • Sarah Cahill Bio

    Recently called “a sterling pianist and an intrepid illuminator of the classical avant-garde” by The New York Times and “a brilliant and charismatic advocate for modern and contemporary composers” by Time Out New York, Sarah Cahill has commissioned, premiered, and recorded numerous compositions for solo piano. Over forty composers have dedicated works to her, including John Adams, Terry Riley, Frederic Rzewski, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, and Roscoe Mitchell. Recent and upcoming appearances include the Barbican Centre, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Detroit Institute of Art, the National Gallery, and Toyusu Hall in Tokyo. She was named a 2018 Champion of New Music, awarded by the American Composers Forum (ACF). Her writing has appeared in the John Adams Reader, Contemporary Music Review, Keyboard Magazine, the Ashgate Research Companion to Minimalist and Postminimalist Music, and Piano and Keyboard Magazine. Her pre-concert talks and onstage interviews have been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Opera, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Cal Performances, and her joint interviews with Meredith Monk and Björk, and with Elliott Carter and Phil Lesh, are on Counterstream Radio. She is on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory. Her radio show, Revolutions Per Minute, which has recently featured two-hour interviews with John Adams, Kaija Saariaho, Richard Goode, Helmut Lachenmann, and Meredith Monk, can be heard every Sunday evening from 8 to 10 pm on KALW, 91.7 FM in San Francisco.

Monday, June 7

Scott Foglesong

The Colorful Life and Times of Pierre Monteux, former SFS Music Director

Monday, June 7

  • Scott Foglesong Bio

    Scott Foglesong is Chair of Musicianship and Music Theory at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he has been a faculty member since 1978. Mr. Foglesong is on the faculty of the Fall Freshman Program at the University of California at Berkeley and the Fromm Institute for Lifelong Learning at USF. A Contributing Writer to the San Francisco Symphony's program book, he also serves as Program Annotator for the California Symphony and he was previously program annotator for Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Las Vegas Philharmonic, and the New Hampshire Music Festival. As a pianist, Mr. Foglesong has appeared with the Francesco Trio, Chanticleer, and members of the San Francisco Symphony. He was trained at the Peabody Conservatory, where he studied piano with Elizabeth Katzenellenbogen. At the San Francisco Conservatory, he studied piano with Nathan Schwartz, harpsichord with Laurette Goldberg, and theory with Sol Joseph and John Adams.