Workshop/Festival/Retreat with the
Alexander String Quartet

String Quartet Masterpieces of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms (1809–1897)

September 6-9, 2018
Ratna Ling Retreat Center (Sonoma Co., California)


UPDATE — SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS:

Dinners will be bracketed by presentations by Robert Greenberg and the Alexander String Quartet:
    Thursday: “Mendelssohn and the Emergence of the Romantic Era”
    Friday: “Schumann, Brahms and the ‘Love Triangle’ ”
    Saturday: “Brahms and the Bach/Beethoven Legacy”


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 Mendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms 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 6-9, 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 pre-formed string quartets that have prepared a work for intensive coaching and performance. All playing musicians should 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 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 tentative proposed schedule of events below.

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PROPOSED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Arrival Thursday (9/6/18)

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:
“Mendelssohn and the Emergence of the Romantic Era” (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:
“Mendelssohn and the Emergence of the Romantic Era” (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 (9/7/18)

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

Session I — Workshops (for individuals not participating in the workshop sessions pre-formed string quartets):
1) Yoga practice (Yoga Hall)
2) Meditation practice (Temple)
3) Nutrition workshop (Dining Room)
4) Natural environment (Lounge)
See descriptions below

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM: Morning Lecture/Seminar:
“Mind 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 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) Yoga practice (Yoga Hall)
2) Meditation practice (Temple)
3) Poetry writing workshop (Library)
4) Natural environment (Lounge)
See descriptions below

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert:
“Schumann, Brahms and the ‘Love Triangle’” 
(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:
“Schumann, Brahms and the ‘Love Triangle’”
(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 (Yoga Hall, Cottages)

Saturday (9/8/18)

7:15 – 8:00 AM: Introduction to Meditation (Rosalyn White, Ratna Ling Staff) (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:

“Wordsworth, the Lake Poets, and the Romantic Movement” (David Watts, M.D.) (Yoga Hall)

12:15 – 1:00 PM: Lunch (Dining Hall)
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Afternoon Lecture/Seminar:
“Buddhist Philosophy and the Pursuit of Happiness in Contemporary American Society” (Ratna Ling Staff) (Yoga Hall)

4:30 – 5:30 PM: Pre-dinner segment of evening concert:
“Brahms and the Bach/Beethoven Legacy” (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:
“Brahms and the Bach/Beethoven Legacy” (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 (Yoga Hall, Cottages)

Sunday (9/9/18)

7:15 – 8:00 AM: Morning Yoga and Meditation session ( Rosalyn White, Kim Conner) (Yoga Hall)
8:00 – 8:30 AM: Continental Breakfast (Dining Hall)
9:00 – 11:00 AM: String Orchestral Reading by workshop participants, AAHH faculty members, and guest musicians (Yoga Hall)
11:00 – 12:00 Noon: Brunch (Dining Hall)
12:00 Noon: Check Out
2:00 – 4:00 PM: Orchestral Reading by workshop participants, AAHH faculty members, and guest musicians (Patio)

 

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 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 mediation 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.

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Future AAHH Workshop/Festivals and Retreats

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    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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  • Brahms String Sextet No.1, Op 18 (mvt3)
  • Brahms String Sextet No. 2, Op 36 (mvt3)
  • Brahms String Quintet No.2, Op 111 (mvt3)

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