- Muscle Ballet | Stephanie Herman
- Yoga and Meditation | Phyllis Pilgrim
- Culinary Experiences at La Cocina Que Canta | Visiting Teacher David Cohen
- Meditations, Melodies, Mambos . . .y mucho más | Laura Klugherz, viola, & Steven Heyman, piano
- Courageous Leadership | Sandra Ford Walston
- Banjo in Motion | Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
- Bingo is a Blast with Barry!
- Deborah Szekely at 90 Discusses her Legacy
- Memoir and Profile-Writing | Marjorie Rosen
Muscle Ballet | Stephanie Herman
Muscle Ballet® combines movement, rhythm and dance for a deep, thorough workout. Whether you want to increase your body awareness, learn technique, or simply get a great workout, join Stephanie Herman, former principal ballerina and dance your way to fitness.
Yoga and Meditation | Phyllis Pilgrim
Phyllis Pilgrim has been inspired by the teachings of BKS Iyengar, H.H. the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hahn, and Shinzen Young, among others. She explores the nether regions of the world, with a spiritual component to each adventure. Recent journeys include hiking the Inca Trail, visiting Dharamsala to listen to the teachings of the Dalai Lama, and trekking in Tibet, Bhutan and Tasmania. Phyllis is the author of “The Hidden Passport,” which tells of her young life in Japanese concentrations camps in Java in WW2. She reveals much about her life and philosophy enhanced by her practices in yoga and meditation.
On the Web: www.phyllispilgrim.com
Culinary Experiences at La Cocina Que Canta | Visiting Teacher David Cohen
Tuesday 11 am and 4 pm and Thursday 4 pm
Chef David Cohen was born in Philadelphia. His experience spans across the United States including positions at Auberge Du Soleil in Napa Valley and Azie in San Francisco (Best New Restaurant 2000). He ran the kitchens at Kansas City Prime in Philadelphia (3 ½ stars Philadelphia Inquirer), and Scala’s Bistro in San Francisco (3 stars SF Chronicle). David was named on the Top 100 Bay Area Chef’s List in 2007 & 2008. His formal education was received at Cornell University & Le Cordon Bleu London. He also worked at the Michelin rated Selene on the Island of Santorini and at the famed Savoy Hotel in London. Chef Cohen is currently an instructor at the Art Institute of Sunnyvale.
David offers three hands-on culinary experiences, 3.5 hours each, on Tuesday at 11 am and 4 pm and Thursday at 4 pm, during which you will enjoy preparing your own meal along with fellow cooks. Classes take place at La Cocina Que Canta, our new culinary center.
For more information and registration, please click here.
Meditations, Melodies, Mambos . . .y mucho más | Laura Klugherz, violin/viola & Steven Heyman, piano
Sunday 8 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 5 pm
Enjoy two exciting concerts and two programs on Mexican music:
¡Viva Mexico!: Roots and Flavors of Mexican Music---
a colorful adventure experiencing musical riches from the Yucatan to Texas and more.
Lauded by the New York Times as "dramatic . . emotional . . evocative", and promoted by ABC of Madrid as a "magnificent violinist and violist who is a dedicated promoter of Spanish music", Laura Klugherz made her Carnegie Hall debut to rave reviews in 1989. She studied in the U.S. and in Europe as a Fulbright scholar where she subsequently performed during many years as Concertmaster and soloist of the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Munich Bach Orchestra. A recipient of numerous awards and prizes (Fulbright Post-doctoral Research Award, Spanish Ministry of Culture Post-doctoral Award, Juenge Kuenstler of Bavaria, San Jose Symphony Young Artist Award, Juan Morales Prize of Spain), she performs as a recitalist throughout Europe, Latin America, and the United States.
As a chamber musician, she performed for many years as violinist of the Trio Ciudad de Sevilla, the Morrison String Quartet, and she has collaborated with many of the finest chamber music ensembles, including members of the Beaux Arts Trio, the Raphael Trio, the Cuarteto Latinomericano, and the Lydian Quartet. Ms. Klugherz has been on the faculty of the Raphael Trio Summer Chamber Music Seminar at Adamant, viola professor for the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, and is currently violin/viola professor at the Lake Placid Institute.
Regularly in demand as a violinist/violist, Ms. Klugherz has performed regularly at such festivals as Banff, Juneau Jazz and Classics, Olympic Music Festival, Santiago de Compostela (Spain), Festival Internacional Hispanoamericano de Guitarra (Mexico) and Festillesime (France), As a Cultural Specialist for the United States Information Agency and sponsored by the Fundacion Andes, she has performed solo concert tours and residencies throughout Latin America. She has released the CDs: The Violin and Viola Music of Amy Beach, Echoes--Premieres for Viola of Asia, Africa, and the Americas (Centaur) Three Lyric Pieces, Dance Bagatelles on Dexter Morrill's Music for Strings (Capstone): and is the author of A Biographical Guide to Spanish Music for Violin and Viola (Greenwood Press). Named one of the 10 best of 1998 by the Oregonian, the Beach recording garnered national attention as soundtrack to Ken Burns' recent PBS series "The War." Selected as a Perkinson Fellow to the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College (2006), Professor Klugherz has researched, edited and arranged little known African and African/American music for viola.
Pianist Steven Heyman has appeared in solo recitals, chamber music concerts, and as concerto soloist throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. He has appeared in London, Paris, Prague, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Oslo, Montreal, Quebec, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Washington, Salt Lake City, Juneau, Philadelphia, and New York, among others. In New York, he has appeared in Lincoln Center, Columbia University, Carnegie Hall, and as an invited artist for a Juilliard tribute to the late legendary artist/teacher Adele Marcus. He received his education at the Juilliard School as a scholarship student of Adele Marcus and at the Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna with Hans Graf. Mr. Heyman has won prizes in over a dozen national and international competitions. As a result of winning the Juilliard School’s Concerto Competition, he appeared with the Juilliard Orchestra in Lincoln Center.
Very active in new music, he has been involved in dozens of premieres, including premieres in Europe and Asia, and has CD recordings on the Opus One, Leonarda, Renegade Classics, Innova, and Squires labels. In 2010, he is featured on three CD's, two on Innova dedicated to new music commissioned by the Society for New Music titled Serendipity (which has two works written for and dedicated to Mr. Heyman) and one for Centaur, featuring premiere recordings of works for viola and piano with Laura Klugherz titled Echoes. On the Black Box label, he contributed the Chiaroscuro, a two piano work in quartertones along with pianist and former student Andrew Russo on an all Corigliano CD. From England, BBC Magazine listed this CD as their North American Record of the Month for August, 2006 and this recording went on to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the category for Best Chamber Music Performance. Several composers have written and dedicated music for Mr. Heyman. He has played with the nationally recognized and award winning ensemble The Society for New Music for 25 years and received a special tribute from this organization in 2008.
Currently he is an Associate Professor and co-chair of the Keyboard Department at Syracuse University where he has been the recipient of the School of Music’s Most Outstanding Faculty Member Award. He also serves as the Artist-in-Residence at Colgate University. In the summer of 2007, Mr. Heyman gave concerts and classes in Beijing and Shenyang China. At the conclusion of a residency at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music, he was appointed a Visiting Professor.
Courageous Leadership | Sandra Ford Walston
Saturday 8 pm, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 4 pm
Come learn from Sandra Ford Walston, The Courage Expert, author of "COURAGE: The Heart and Spirit of Every Woman/Reclaiming the Forgotten Virtue","STUCK 12 Steps Up the Leadership Ladder" (2010) and "FACE IT! 12 Obstacles that Hold You Back on the Job" (2011).
COURAGE—An Inside Job!
IF YOU'RE STUCK, HERE'S HOW YOU CAN FACE IT!:
You will learn to recognize situations that require courageous leadership such as how to give yourself permission to be courageous, confront uncomfortable truths, speak without ambiguity, transcend rejection, and find new solutions during times of uncertainty by embracing your everyday courage. There is a direct correlation between your success quotient and your courage quotient.
"HELLO SATURN!" "HELLO NEPTUNE!"
Communicating with People from Another Planet
Have you found yourself thinking, "We speak the same language, but we're just not connecting!" This sense of disengagement with others can cause stress, waste precious time and embed in our mind assessments that may not be true. People have a preference for either Saturn or Neptune when it comes to their communication style (nothing to do with astrology). Join in this fun and interactive program to learn which style you prefer and how to bridge the interplanetary communication gap.
How Your Preference Affects the Way You Interact
The participant will learn skills that can be applied the next day to improve time management approaches that collide at work and in personal life. After learning the two critical preferences of time management, participants will identify their own style, learn the strengths and weaknesses of both approaches, and learn how to work with clients and employees with the same or different style. Join in this fun and interactive program to learn which style you prefer and how to bridge the obstacles between the two preferences.
THE POWER OF LANGUAGE
Creating Action through Words
Language determines the way you think, act and interact with those around you. Critical to effective communication is to understand the use of linguistics and how words enhance (or undermine) the welfare of everyone you come into contact. You will learn that when you speak, you are "acting." Linguists technically call the process "performative acts"—learning the five linguistic speech "acts" moves people to action.
Sandra Ford Walston, the Courage Expert, has been a learning consultant, speaker, coach, writer and corporate trainer for seventeen years. She innovated the concept of StuckThinking™ in the disciplines of courageous behaviors, individual and organizational personalities and leadership styles that focus on the tricks and traps of the human condition. She is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® and the Enneagram. Sandra also instructs at the University of Denver.
Banjo in Motion | Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Monday 8 pm
Béla Fleck has been playing banjo for over 35 years, in a myriad of different musical styles. His group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones put the banjo back on the map in the jazz world, and he is known for playing classical music, and music from around the world as well as American roots music and bluegrass. Often considered the leading banjoist of our time, Béla has won 13 Grammies and been nominated for 25 – in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.
Béla Fleck and the Flecktones have garnered a strong and faithful following among jazz and new acoustic fans. They have shared the stage with Dave Mathews Band, Sting, Bonnie Raitt and the Grateful Dead, among many others, made several appearances on The Tonight Show in the Johnny Carson days and the Jay Leno days, as well as Arsenio Hall, and Conan O'Brian. Béla also appeared on Saturday Night Live and David Letterman.
Profiled in Newsweek (2008) for creating a “gorgeous, joyful new sound,” songwriter and clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn takes her bold and expansive musical vision to new heights on her third recording, City of Refuge (January 11, Rounder Records). Raw, ethereal and at times lushly orchestrated, the album melds the forces of renowned producer Tucker Martine (the Decemberists, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens) with Washburn’s classic songwriting and old-time storytelling aesthetic.
Abigail and Tucker along with songwriting collaborator and multi-instrumentalist Kai Welch amassed an impressive group of artists and friends including guitarist Bill Frisell, old-timey fiddler Rayna Gellert, string arrangements by Jeremy Kittel of the Turtle Island String Quartet and guzheng (the ancient Chinese zither) master Wu Fei. Chris Funk from the Decemberists and Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket also appear on the record.
Memoir and Profile-Writing | Marjorie Rosen
Tuesday 8 pm and writing sessions Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 4 pm
TAKE A LETTER, DARLING! WOMEN, WORK, & THE CELLULOID CEILING
MARJORIE ROSEN's presentation details how American movies throughout much of the 20th century – and on into the 21st – have depicted working women, and what positive or negative messages these images convey to audiences. During this discussion, she will integrate popular and sociological history with funny and entertaining clips, starting with the image of the upwardly mobile shopgirl, as portrayed by Clara Bow in the witty 1927 silent movie, "It." Other movie heroines whom she discusses include Barbara Stanwyck as "Baby Face," Rosalind Russell as the crackerjack reporter in "His Girl Friday;" Joan Crawford, the home-baker-turned-restaurateur in "Mildred Pierce;" Doris Day as a vengeful interior decorator in "Pillow Talk;" and Wall Street novice Melanie Griffith trying to get her male bosses to take her seriously in "Working Girl." The hour-long presentation is both pointed and wonderfully entertaining.
MEMOIR & PROFILE-WRITING: "YOUR LIFE, YOUR OPINIONS, YOUR MEMORIES"
MARJORIE ROSEN will discuss the key to writing a short memoir, emphasizing the power of the lead anecdote, which should sum up something critical about how a person regards herself or himself. She will read a number of opening anecdotes from well-known memoirs – for instance, from Jeannette Walls' "The Glass Castle," Mary Karr's "The Liar's Club," and Patti Smith's "Just Kids" – and discuss what they reveal about their subjects, and how and why they work; then she will read a few successful, and unsuccessful, anecdotes written by her students and explain the differences. Midway through the presentation, she will ask everyone in the audience to write an opening sentence or two, even an anecdote, about themselves, very much off the top of their head, and call for volunteers to share their work. Afterwards, she will open the floor to questions and comments. Three writing sessions this week.
Marjorie Rosen is the author, most recently, of "Boom Town: How Wal-Mart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community" (2009). Her book, "Popcorn Venus: Women, Movies, and the American Dream," was a bestseller and the first to explore the image of women in movies. Marjorie has also written "Mia & Woody: Love and Betrayal" (with Mia Farrow's former nanny), and the novel, "What Nigel Knew" (co-authored as Evan Field). A former editor at the New York Times Magazines and senior writer at People, she has published articles in magazines as varied as Ms., Good Housekeeping, the New York Times "Arts & Leisure," and Playboy. She also authored a number of After-School and Schoolbreak Specials for kids, including CBS's "The Alfred G. Graebner Handbook of Rules and Regulations," ABC's "First the Egg," and ABC's "Read Between the Lines," which won a Best Actor Daytime Emmy for Philip Bosco. A tenured associate professor of journalism and film at Lehman College- CUNY, she is a three-time MacDowell Colony Fellow and was a 2009-2010 Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Grad Center's "Center for Place, Culture and Politics." She is currently writing a book about Betty Comden and Adolph Green, the award-winning screenwriters and Broadway librettists/lyricists.