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Escape to the Redwoods with the Alexander String Quartet

With Robert Greenberg

September 10 - 13, 2020

4 Days All Inclusive Retreat for Music Lovers and Chamber Music Professionals

A Chamber Music Workshop * Performance * Retreat 

Join us in the redwoods with the internationally celebrated Alexander String Quartet and Robert Greenberg as they explore the music of Franz Schubert in a four-day, SCHUBERTIADE: CHAMBER MUSIC AND SONGS OF FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)  sponsored by the Apollo Academy for Health and Humanism.

This four-day all-inclusive 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).  The Alexander String Quartet 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.  The retreat includes nightly performances by the Alexander String Quartet anchored by Robert’s insightful, inspiring and immensely entertaining narratives weaving together the history, technique, drama, and romance of classical music.

Musicians and music lovers are encouraged to attend this retreat which includes: lodging, all vegetarian meals, classes, workshops, and performances.  We suggest adding bodywork or a wellness treatment to fully compliment your experience.  Please visit our Wellness Center for current offerings and to schedule an appointment.

Retreating musicians will be placed in quartets and obtain coaching on Schubert’s string chamber masterpieces by ASQ musicians culminating in a performance of the piece. Please see the application process outlines at: ApolloAcademy.org 

Guests wishing to attend the daily cultural activities and programs, have opportunities to attend classes on achieving optimum health or may wish to simply enjoy the beauty and serenity of the property. Guests may book directly using the link provided or can call or email Ratna Ling Reservations at reservations@ratnaling.org or (510)-809-4995 for more information.

Arrival Thursday (9/5/19)

3:00 – 5:00 PM: Check in
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Welcoming Reception (Open)
4:30 – 5:30 PM:  Pre-dinner segment of evening concert (Open),  “In the Beginning: Songs and String Quartets” with (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 (Open), “In the Beginning: Songs and String Quartets”
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Chamber music reading (closed session) for musicians and Apollo Academy musical staff members

Friday (9/6/19)

7:15 – 8:00 AM:  Yoga for all Levels (Open) with Jo Lewzey and Kim Conner
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AM: Chamber music workshop Session I (closed) for musicians assigned string quartets or Workshops (open) for non-musicians not participating in string quartet clinics which includes:  Yoga practice, Meditation practice, Nutrition workshop, exploration of the property, and/or scheduled Wellness appointments

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Morning Lecture/Seminar (Open): Mind Rules for Avoiding the Chronic Diseases of Modernity  with William Y. Moores, M.D.
12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Chamber music workshop Session II (closed) for musicians assigned string quartets or Workshops (open) for non-musicians not participating in string quartet clinics which includes:  Yoga practice, Meditation practice, Nutrition workshop, exploration of the property, and/or scheduled Wellness appointments

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert: “Illness and Maturity:  Songs and Confession in String Quartets” with
(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 (closed session) for musicians and Apollo Academy musical staff members

Saturday (9/7/19)

:15 – 8:00 AM:   Intro to Meditation (Open) with Rosalyn White
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AM: Concert Program of pieces prepared by clinic musicians

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Morning Lecture/Seminar (Open): “Wordsworth, the Lake Poets, and Romantic Movement in Poetry” with David Watts, MD
12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Lecture/Seminar (Open): “Buddhism Philosophy and Its Application in Contemporary Society” with Ratna Ling Staff

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert: “At the End: Grief and Transcendence” with (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 (closed session) for musicians and Apollo Academy musical staff members

Sunday (9/8/19)

7:15 – 8:00 AM:   Morning Yoga and Meditation session (Open)  with Rosalyn White, Ratna Ling Staff)
8:00 – 8:30 AM: Light Continental Breakfast
9:00 – 11:00 AM: String Orchestral Reading by workshop (Closed) musicians, AAHH faculty members, and guest musicians
11:00 – 12:00PM: 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