From Beatles to Baroque, Rhythmix Has it in 2016

R. Beach  The New Esterhazy Quartet kicks off Rhythmix Cultural Works’ first-ever classical concert series Friday, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m.

From Beatles to Baroque, Rhythmix Has it in 2016

Among the many musical talents that swirl around Alameda’s own Rhythmix Cultural Works, (RCW) is Stephen Schultz, a professor of music at Carnegie Mellon University. Schultz has put together two exciting musical offerings at RCW for the New Year. 
Classical Fridays at Rhythmix

First up, Schultz has curated RCW’s first-ever classical concert series featuring some of the hottest period instrument ensembles in the Bay Area. Called “Classical Fridays at Rhythmix” the performances will present music from the Middle Ages to late Classical eras Fridays at 8 p.m. starting in January. 
Performers include The New Esterhazy Quartet on Jan. 8 with internationally known period-instrument and chamber music specialists Kati Kyme and Lisa Weiss, violins, violist Anthony Martin, and cellist William Skeen. 

On Feb. 12, Ensemble Alcatraz performs songs from medieval Iberia including the seven Cantigas de Amigo of Martin Codax, selections from the Cantigas de Santa Maria of Alfonso X (El Sabio).

On March 11, Les Violettes will present “Moms Rule! Aspects of Motherhood in Baroque Music” featuring works by Heinrich Biber, Henry Purcell, Jacob van Eyck, along with the secular cantate françoise “Médée” by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault.

The Fantastic Five Flutes perform on April 1, featuring the entire flute section of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra performing Boismortier and the popular London Trios by Joseph Haydn written in 1794. Boismortier was the first composer in history to write for the unique combination of five solo baroque flutes. 

Beatles 101
A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Holland, Schultz also holds several degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and California State University of San Francisco. 

Schultz’s engaging teaching style has left its mark on thousands of students all over the world and he now brings his expertise to Alameda for a four-week course on the Beatles while he’s on sabbatical.

Focusing on the Beatles’ five great albums from Rubber Soul to Abbey Road, this unique course will explore the musical and cultural factors that made the Beatles the most important band in rock history. Their songs will be studied, with analysis of the musical and lyrical content, as well as structural elements. Learn about Beatlemania, the group’s musical influences, what musical styles their songs address, how their music changed over the years and why the Beatles were so popular and influential.

Schultz’s Beatles classes are set for Mondays Jan. 25 through Feb. 15 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

RCW is located at 2513 Blanding Ave. For more infromation, visit www.rhythmix.org or call 865-5060.