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Concert tickets are expensive. You can’t share your reactions to the music with your neighbor. You only learn what’s in the program notes. Worst of all, you can’t bring in a glass of good wine to multiply your enjoyment.

This meetup, therefore, is dedicated to the vanishing art of listening (without visual stimulation, but with oenophilic stimulation). We select (democratically) a classical work, meet at a member’s home to listen to it, and sample wines to go with the music. So bring your passion for music (technical knowledge not necessary but appreciated) and a bottle of your favorite wine…and let’s see, hear, and taste what happens.

In covid times, we get to enjoy great performances together, from the comfort of our own homes.

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Stephen Sondheim's Brilliant, Complex, and Magnificent Musical World – Redux

Just after Thanksgiving this past year, we lost Stephen Sondheim, the essential musical dramatist of our time, one of the greatest composers America has yet produced, and its preeminent lyricist. In Hamlet’s words, “[We] shall not look upon his like again.”

The term “legendary” is often tossed around, but in Sondheim’s case, it’s merely accurate: he helped define musical theater itself and is widely considered its founder. Over the last fifty years or so, his works have garnered 9 Tonys, 8 Grammys, an Oscar and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. And they continue to be produced, on and off Broadway, in film, and in regional theaters and schools throughout this country and the entire globe.

A classically-trained composer, Sondheim considered himself more a playwright than a songwriter. He was as agile with words as with music, as is evident in “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” “Company,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “A Little Night Music,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” “Pacific Overtures,” “Sweeney Todd,” “Into the Woods,” and “Sunday in the Park with George."

In our first Sondheim meetup, we enjoyed excerpts showing his extraordinary range in style and subject. Please join us on February 5th as we continue to explore the man and his incredible music.

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Watch Party: Around Beethoven's Fifth Symphony

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