MUSIC WITH VIVIAN: live virtual classes

MARCH 16 - MAY 21, 2020

These virtual classes for both Levine Music and All Saints Pre K students are currently open to visitors during these Stay-at-Home months. Feel free to email vivianpiano@yahoo.com for Zoom room instructions. Sending good wishes and cheer to you and your families!

GUEST ARTISTS

Head of First Music at the Levine School and fabulous Early Childhood Music Specialist Gabriela Cohen introduces the clarinet, plays themes from "Peter and the Wolf" and performs selections of Mozart Clarinet Concerto.

 Thursday, April 2 

The incredibly creative and versatile NYC-based jazz pianist and composer Isaac ben Ayala performs works by Bach, Moszkowski, Avery Parrish and Duke Ellington.

Tuesday, April 7

Gifted storyteller and Soprano Mary Mackenzie leads us through breathing exercises and vocalizations. In addition to performing selected works, Mary introduces us to bird calls and sound effects from a really amusing graphic score!

Wednesday, April 8

WEEK 10: Mon 5/18 - Thurs 5/21

@ 9:30-10:30am

Tue   Deborah Boldin, flute

Wed Mark Freiheit, piano

Thu  Julie Ness, soprano

       Martin Philip, baker, author, banjoist

WEEK 9: Mon 5/11 - Thurs 5/14

@ 9:30-10:30am

Mon  Sylvia Danburg Volpe, violin 

         Mattea Volpe, violin/voice

Tue    Caroline Fermin, dance

         Jean Paul Bjorlin, tenor

Wed  Matthew Van Hoose, piano/ballpark organ

Thu   Ellen Rose Silver, cello

WEEK 8: Mon 5/4 - Thurs 5/7

@ 9:30-10:30am

Mon   Shelagh Abate, french horn

Tue    Matthew Sharrock. percussion

Wed  Scott Holden, piano

WEEK 7: Mon 4/27 - Thurs 4/30

@ 9:30-10:30am

Tue   Margaret Mackenzie, harp

Wed Aydin Mayers, guitar

       

WEEK 6: Mon 4/20 - Fri 4/24

@ 9:30-10:30am

Tue    Holly Shockey, vocalist

Wed  Cierra Staton, bassoon

Thu   "Mr. M" Eric Maring, performer

Fri     Jason Calloway, cello

WEEK 5: Mon 4/13 - Fri 4/17

@ 9:30-10:30am

Mon Miss Vivian's Studio pianists:

   Eleanor Streisfeld, Brendan Lipshutz, 

   Maggie Weil, Mandla Ncala,

   Travis Schultz

Tue   Mika Sasaki, piano

         Mitch Lyon, cello

Wed  Nancy Dimock, oboe

         Marco Zavala, cello

Thu   Blair McMillen, piano

WEEK 4: Mon 4/6 - Fri 4/10

@ 9:30-10:30am

Tue   Isaac Ben Ayala, jazz piano

Wed Mary Mackenzie, soprano

Thu  Benjamini Loeb, piano

Fri    Gabriel Langfur, bass trombone

WEEK 3: Mon 3/30 - Fri 4/3

@ MWF 8:45, TTh 9:30

Thu  Gabriela Cohen, clarinet

Fri    Eleanor Streisfeld, singer 

        Rachel Calloway Streisfeld, mezzo-soprano

WEEK 2: Mon 3/23 - Fri 3/27

 @ 8:45-9:30 am

WEEK 1: Mon 3/16 - Fri 3/20

 @ 9:30-10:15 am 

 

Pianist, Conductor and esteemed Educator Benjamin Loeb introduces syncopation and delights with Ragtime music and other selected works.

Thursday, April 9

Gabriel Langfur, bass trombonist and Boston University faculty introduces us to the bass trombone and performs fun tunes to start our week end right!

Friday, April 10

Students of Miss Vivian

Brendan Lipshutz, Maggie Weil, Eleanor Streisfeld, Mandla Ncala, Travis Shultz

Monday, April 13

Mitch Lyon, cello and Mika Sasaki, piano

Teaching Artists with the NY Phil and Juilliard School introduce "Darth Cello" and the enormous expressive possibilities of their instruments through selected works and a dazzling performance of the "Nutcracker" ballet. Learn the waltz steps and dance along!

Tuesday, April 14

Pianist Blair McMillen, faculty of Mannes School of Music, performs a delightfully entertaining program. We will listen for birds in the dance movements of Rameau, the harp-like strumming and plucking of the piano, and a jazzy, fun "Fur Elise". What a special concert!

Thursday, April 16

Nancy Dimock, oboe and son Marco Zavala on cello

This wonderful mother-son duo will introduce their instruments and delight us with a Mexican duet "El Burro Viejo" (Old Donkey) and a "Little Rag". Marco Zavala is 13 years old and lives near Boston with his family. He has been playing the cello for 3-1/2 years and in his spare time, loves to read and talk with his friends! 

Wednesday, April 15

Vocalist Holly Shockey shows us her uniform, warms up our voices and sings "God Bless America" and other familiar tunes from her 20 years of service in the US Army Band! What an honor to hear Holly sing for us!

Tuesday, April 21

Bassonist Cierra Staton is a beloved teacher in the Prince George public schools and Early Childhood Music Specialist at Levine. Cierra will demonstrate the bassoon, work interactively with students in identifying high-low-fast-slow excerpts, and perform popular folk tunes we'll sing along to.

Wednesday, April 22

Eric Maring,  "Mr. M"  will sing with us as he shows and accompanies us with guitar, ukelele, banjo and harmonica! Mother Duck also makes an appearance as we experience our favorite kid songs! 

Thursday, April 23

Cellist Jason Calloway of the Amernet String Quartet drops into demonstrate the wide-ranging expressive qualities of the cello and what makes the cello special. Jason performs a piece that has him plucking and strumming his cello like a guitar and a work that has us dreaming about being at a carnival!

Friday, April 25

 Margaret Mackenzie fell in love with the harp when she saw the movie "Fantasia" as a 3 year old! She earned degrees from University of Wisconsin and Manhattan School of Music and works in NYC. She will be showing us the intricate workings of the pedal harp and performing some beautiful works for us!

Tuesday, April 28

Guitarist Aydin Mayers will teach us about folk songs and get us singing and dancing with some happy favorites he'll teach us, including "This Little Light of Mine", "This Land is Our Land" and the hilarious "Which Kind of Cat Are You?"  Don't miss this fun concert!

Wednesday, April 29

Shelagh Abate, french horn

Shelagh has opened more than a dozen Broadway shows and performs as Principal Hornist of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Tune in to learn how the French Horn works and to hear some popular Broadway tunes! 

Monday, May 4

Marimbist Matt Sharrock of Transient Canvas and Berklee College of Music, shows us the possibilities of "Hot Cross Buns" on kitchen frying pans and wood blocks. He will demonstrate intricate rhythms on the snare drum that will have us wanting to march to his beat and also, perform a beautiful work on marimba depicting the sunrise! What a great way to start the day!

Tuesday, May 5

Experience the incredible story-telling of pianist Scott Holden of Brigham Young University, who delights us with a gorgeously played and narrated Debussy experience, describing the journey of Minnie, his pet 45 year old tortoise who also makes an appearance.  

Wednesday, May 6

Violinist Sylvia Danburg Volpe of the Metropolitan Opera will delight us with duets with her daughter Mattea, who is in the 3rd grade and also at the Metropolitan Opera as a member of the Children's Chorus. Mattea loves to teach herself gymnastics tricks and hopes to learn to skateboard soon. Her favorite foods are banana bread and tacos.

Monday, May 11

Jean Paul Bjorlin, tenor

Barnard College

Tuesday, May 12

Caroline Fermin, dance

Barnard College

Tuesday, May 12

Matthew Van Hoose, piano and ball park organist

American University and Washington Nationals

Ellen Silver, cello

Silver Music

Thursday, May 14

Mark Freiheit, piano

Grand Prize, Prix d'Europe Competition

Husband of Miss Vivian

Wednesday, May 20

Martin Philip, banjo playing, award-winning author of "Breaking Bread: A Baker's Journey Home in 75 Recipes" and Julie Ness, Opera Singer and Master Teacher, share their gifts with us in our last class of the semester! Tune in for this very special class!

Thursday, May 21