Workshop/Festival/Retreat with the
Alexander String Quartet

String Quartet Masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven (1732–1827)

September 7-10, 2017
Ratna Ling Retreat Center (Sonoma Co., California)


UPDATE — SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS:

Dinners will be bracketed by presentations by Robert Greenberg and the ASQ:
    Thursday: "Papa Joe and Wolfgang"
    Friday: "Mozart and Beethoven: Endings and Beginnings"
    Saturday: "Beethoven Transcendent"


Each evening also includes: Chamber music reading sessions for participating musicians with members of the Alexander String Quartet

Friday: 2 chamber workshop sessions for assigned individuals and pre-formed string quartets

Saturday: Concert of works performed by participant workshop groups

Sunday: Orchestral reading by participating musicians, guest musicians and Apollo faculty (the grand finale)


Overview: Chamber musicians, non-playing music aficionados and friends are invited to an intimate workshop and retreat with the Alexander String Quartet. String Quartet Masterpieces of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven is a four-day health and chamber music Workshop/Festival/Retreat to be held at the Ratna Ling Retreat Center on the weekend of September 7-10, 2017.

While this event takes its inspiration from chamber music workshops such as the weekends sponsored by the Chamber Musicians of Northern California and chamber music festivals such as “Music at Menlo,” the objective of this Workshop/Festival/Retreat is to provide a unique “peak” experience (as defined by the humanist psychologist Abraham Maslow) for the advanced chamber music player, while offering programs in health and humanism that will appeal to both playing and non-playing participants.

Musicians, note: The two Friday chamber music workshop sessions are designed for assigned individuals and pre-formed string quartets that have prepared a work for intensive coaching and performance. Playing participants who are not part of a pre-formed quartet will have a chance to engage in chamber music reading sessions with members of the Alexander String Quartet and AAHH music faculty. All musicians should bring your instruments and fill out page 3 of the application.

Mind/Body Connection: An additional focus of this retreat is the mind/body synchronization that enhances mental and physical health. Optional sessions include immersion in the natural environment, poetry-writing, yoga, and the role of seasonal foods.

The all-inclusive fee of $1200 includes accommodations, all meals, admission to all dinner/concerts, seminars and workshops as well as the use of all Ratna Ling facilities and activities. See proposed schedule of events below.

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PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Arrival Thursday (9/7/17)

3:00 – 5:00 PM: Check in
4:00 – 4:30 PM: Welcoming Afternoon Tea (Patio)
4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert:
“Papa Joe and Wolfgang” (Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet) (Yoga Hall)
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (Dining Hall)
6:30 – 8:00 PM: Post-dinner segment of evening concert:
“Papa Joe and Wolfgang” (Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet) (Yoga Hall)
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Chamber music reading sessions with participants and Apollo Academy musical staff members (Cottages)

Friday (9/8/17)

7:15 – 8:00 AM: Introduction to Meditation and Yoga (Temple)
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9:00 – 11:00 AM: Chamber music workshop session I for assigned individuals and pre-formed string quartets (Cottages)

Session I Workshops (for individuals not participating in the workshop sessions for assigned individuals and pre-formed string quartets):
1) Healthy Eating for the Season (Dining Room)
2) Natural environment
3) Yoga and Meditation (Yoga Hall)
4) Art of Writing Poetry (Library)
See descriptions below

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Morning Lecture/Seminar:
“Food Rules for Avoiding the Chronic Diseases of Modernity”
William Y. Moores, M.D. (Yoga Hall)
12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch (Dining Hall)
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Chamber music workshop session II for assigned individuals and pre-formed string quartets (Cottages)

Session II Workshops (for individuals not participating in the workshop sessions for assigned individuals and pre-formed string quartets):
1) Natural environment
2) Yoga and Meditation (Yoga Hall)
3) Art of Writing Poetry (Library)
See descriptions below

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert:
“Mozart and Beethoven: Endings and Beginnings” 
(Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet) (Yoga Hall)
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (Dining Hall)
6:30 – 8:00 PM: Post-dinner segment of evening concert:
“Mozart and Beethoven: Endings and Beginnings”
(Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet) (Yoga Hall)
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Chamber music reading sessions with participants and Apollo Academy musical staff members (Cottages)

Saturday (9/9/17)

7:15 – 8:00 AM: Introduction to Meditation (Temple)
8:00 – 9:00 AM: Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9:00 – 11:00 AM: Concert program of works prepared by participant string quartet workshop groups (Yoga Hall)
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Morning Lecture/Seminar:

“Poetry in the Age of Enlightenment and Romanticism”
(David Watts, MD) (Yoga Hall)

12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch (Dining Hall)
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Lecture/Seminar:
“Sacred Art: Balancing Body and Mind Through Enlightened Imagery”
(Rosalyn White and Ratna Ling Staff) (Yoga Hall)

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert:
“Beethoven Transcendent”
(Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet) (Yoga Hall)
5:30 – 6:30 PM: Dinner (Dining Hall)
6:30 – 8:00 PM: Post-dinner segment of evening concert:
“Beethoven Transcendent”
(Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet) (Yoga Hall)
8:00 – 10:00 PM: Chamber music reading sessions with participants and Apollo Academy musical staff members (Cottages)

Sunday (9/10/17)

7:15 – 8:00 AM: Morning yoga (Yoga Hall)
8:00 – 10:00 AM: Film/Discussion: "Healing and Participation in the Arts" (Yoga Hall)
10:00 – 11:00 AM: Brunch (Dining Hall)
12:00 PM: Check Out
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Orchestral Reading by workshop participants, AAHH faculty members, and guest musicians (Patio)

Music to be played will include selections from the symphonies, concertos, operas, and vocal writings of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.

 

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. Professional naturalists will guide participants in having a better understanding of the area’s plant and wild life.

3) Yoga and Meditation
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, meditation and mindfulness.

4) 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.

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Future AAHH Workshop/Festivals and Retreats

  1. Mozart and the Age of Enlightenment and Revolution
    (Currently proposed for Spring, 2018)
    Relevant Philosophers:
    Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
    Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
    David Hume (1711-1776)
  2. Bach, the Reformation and the Scientific Revolution
    Relevant Philosophers:
    Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
    John Locke (1632-1704)
    Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)
  3. Beethoven, Schubert and the Age of Napoleon
    Relevant Philosophers:
    Georg Wilhelm Fredrich Hegel (1770-1831)
    Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860)
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
  4. Brahms and the Emergence of the Modern European Nation States
    Relevant Philosophers:
    John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)
    Walt Whitman (1819-1892)
    Fredrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)
  5. Satie, Ravel, Debussy, and the "Belle Époque"
    Relevant Philosophers:
    Charles Darwin (1809-1882)
    Karl Marx (1818-1883)
    Ludwig Josef Wittgenstein (1889-1951)
  6. Bartok, Schoenberg, Shostakowitsch and the Great Wars of the Twentieth Century
    Relevant Philosophers:
    Martin Heidegger (1889-1976)
    John Rawls (1921-2002)
    Noam Chomsky (1928- )

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