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A Schubertiade for Today

With Robert Greenberg

September 5 - 8, 2019

Chamber Music and Songs of Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

A Chamber Music Workshop * Festival * Retreat

 

The Apollo Academy for Health and Humanism – a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to attaining wellness and life fulfillment through the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle that incorporates participation in the humanities – is sponsoring this very special workshop, festival and retreat in the spirit of a nineteenth century Schubertiade.

This three-day retreat provides an opportunity for a unique personal experience with distinguished musician and lecturer Robert “Bob” Greenberg and the internationally acclaimed Alexander String Quartet (ASQ). For this year’s retreat Bob and the ASQ will be joined by acclaimed mezzo soprano Kindra Scharich and pianist Jeffrey LaDeur, Artistic Director of the San Francisco International Piano Festival and New Piano Collective.

Musicians will be joined by a faculty of healthcare professionals and practitioners in the humanities to provide a life-enhancing experience.  Workshops and classes on achieving optimum health and wellness will compliment the cultural activities and programs.

Arrival Thursday (9/5/19)

3:00 – 5:00 PM: Check in
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Welcoming Reception (Patio)
4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert: “In the Beginning: Songs and String Quartets” (Robert Greenberg, Kindra Scharich, Jeffrey LaDeur and the Alexander String Quartet)
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 PM: Post-dinner segment of evening concert
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Chamber music reading sessions with participants and Apollo Academy musical staff members

Friday (9/6/19)

7:15 – 8:00 AM: Introduction to Yoga (Jo Lewzey, Kim Conner)
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AM: Chamber music workshop session I for pre-formed string quartets

Session I — Workshops for individuals not participating in pre-formed string quartet sessions:
1) Yoga practice
2) Meditation practice
3) Nutrition workshop
4) Natural environment

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Morning Lecture/Seminar: Mind Rules for Avoiding the Chronic Diseases of Modernity William Y. Moores, M.D.
12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Chamber music workshop session II for pre-formed string quartets

Session II — Workshops for individuals not participating in pre-formed string quartet sessions:
1) Yoga practice
2) Meditation practice
3) Poetry writing workshop
4) Natural environment

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert: “Illness and Maturity:  Songs and Confession in String Quartets”
(Robert Greenberg, Kindra Scharich, Jeffrey LaDeur and the Alexander String Quartet)
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 PM: Post-dinner segment of evening concert
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Chamber music reading sessions with participants and Apollo Academy musical staff members

Saturday (9/7/19)

7:15 – 8:00 AM: Introduction to Meditation (Rosalyn White, Ratna Ling Staff)
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AM: Concert program of works prepared by participant string quartet workshop groups
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Morning Lecture/Seminar: Wordsworth, the Lake Poets, and the Romantic Movement in Poetry(David Watts, M.D.)
12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Lecture/Seminar:  Buddhist Philosophy and its Application in Contemporary American Society” (Ratna Ling Staff)
4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert: “At the End: Grief and Transcendence” (Robert Greenberg, Kindra Scharich, Jeffrey LaDeur and the Alexander String Quartet)
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Dinner
6:30 – 8:00 PM: Post-dinner segment of evening concert
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Chamber music reading sessions with participants and Apollo Academy musical staff members

Sunday (9/8/19)

7:15 – 8:00 AM: Morning Yoga and Meditation session (Rosalyn White, Shari Sunshine, Ratna Ling Staff)
8:00 – 8:30 AM: Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AM: String Orchestral Reading by workshop participants, AAHH faculty members, and guest musicians
11:00 – 12:00 Noon: Brunch
12:00 Noon: Check Out

DESCRIPTIONS — WORKSHOPS FOR NON-PERFORMING PARTICIPANTS:

1) Cooking, Gardening and Nutrition
This workshop will emphasize the importance of our food in achieving and maintaining excellent health. Participants in this workshop will come to appreciate that by observing some simple “food rules,” many of our prevalent chronic diseases can be avoided.

2) Natural environment
This workshop will involve “nature walks” in the beautiful natural environment of the Sonoma coast and redwood forest that is immediately adjacent to the Ratna Ling Retreat Center. Guided walks will introduce participants to the area’s plant and wild life.

3) Yoga Practice
Jo Lewzey, Apollo Academy’s yoga and meditation instructor, will provide participants in this workshop with an in-depth introduction into the health promoting benefits of yoga.

4) Meditation Practice
Ratna Ling’s meditation instructors will provide participants with a taste of the “meditation retreat experience.”

5) Art of Writing Poetry
Dr. David Watts will dive into the creative process of writing poetry, as well as provide examples of great poetry. Participants will be encouraged to join into a discussion of the process, as well as bring in examples of their own poetry writings.

Facilitator

Robert Greenberg
Robert is an American composer, pianist, and musicologist who was born in Brooklyn, New York. He has composed more than 50 works for a variety of instruments and voices, and has recorded a number of lecture series on music history and music appreciation for The Great Courses.
Learn more about Robert Greenberg