May 2021
Upcoming opportunities and events for musicians.
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Thanks to AMN curator David Landis for bringing us a conversation with Karen Mason.

April was amazing with conversations and workshops from mentors Karen Mason and Lynn Kuo, and such a treat to explore the vocal music of Verdi with Ragnar Bohlin

Dr. Lynn Kuo helped us all access our warrior spirit in music.

Hello Friends,

As the world opens back up, Amateur Music Network is moving toward in-person workshops - but with a difference! We have gotten a huge boost out of getting together online, and we don't want to give that up. But now that there are opportunities to start bringing people together, we are incorporating an ensemble element, and this month starts out with our very first hybrid workshop. 

Maestro Ben Simon and members of the wonderful San Francisco Chamber Orchestra will be joining us next Saturday for a strings workshop focusing on the Praelude from Grieg's Holberg Suite. You'll play from home, but the ensemble will be together in the studio so you'll hear all the parts, live, in real time. Experience being part of the orchestra and get coaching, tips, and tricks from these wonderful mentors. I hope we see you there! We're eager to start this new series of hybrid workshops and hope we can do many more of them in the future.    

The merry month of May also brings a clarinet master class with Jerry Simas, and Part Two of a series of guided jazz listening sessions with Lisa Mezzacappa. We continue our Singing Saturdays series with the wonderful chamber music of Brahms and Schubert. See below and visit the AMN workshops page for more information about AMN events.

As always, stay safe and healthy, and keep music-making in your life!

Lolly Lewis
Founder, Amateur Music Network
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Saturday, May 8  |  2 p.m. Pacific


The San Francisco Chamber Orchestra

An online strings workshop

Spend an hour with five fabulous SFCO string player mentors and Maestro Ben Simon for a deep dive into Grieg’s Holberg Suite Praelude.

Tickets: $25
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May 15, 22, 29  |  11 a.m. Pacific

Singing Saturdays with

Ragnar Bohlin

The Romantic Spirit
Choral chamber music
of Brahms and Schubert

Each session is a 75-minute-long exploration of techniques that will make selected passages from great choral works beautiful and musical. Although they are not choral rehearsals as such, they will include extended interludes of singing together.

Tickets: series $60, single session $25 
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Saturday, May 15  |  2 p.m. Pacific


Jerry Simas

Unlocking the Mozart Clarinet Concerto

How do you approach a masterpiece? In this master class, we’ll explore the pathway from traditions, rules, and expectations to a deeper appreciation of the music in order to create a more personal, artistic performance.

Suggested donation: $25 
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Saturday, May 22  |  2 p.m. Pacific


Lisa Mezzacappa

Part Two of Lisa's guided listening series

Explore the great rhythm sections in jazz history. Learn how bassists, pianists, guitarists, and drummers work together to propel the music forward, and how innovative rhythm section players have helped shape the sound of this iconic music.

Suggested donation: $25 
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June 12, 19, 26 : SINGING SATURDAYS with Ragnar Bohlin
Join us to explore Magnificats from Bach and Monteverdi in our last series before we take a summer break from choral workshops.

June 12: Samba Syncopation with Ami Mollinelli and Edinho Gerber

June 19: A Juneteenth Spirituals Workshop with Candace Johnson 

Amateur Music Network wants to hear your stories!
We welcome guest blog posts and would love to share yours! Tell us about your path as an amateur musician, how you manage to keep music in your life, how you've made connections in music, what being a musician means to you, or whatever's on your music-mind! Contact us via the web portal to submit.

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