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2014-2015 Season at Marines' Memorial Theatre, Union Square

verdi   From Haydn to Schoenfield:
Rockin' the Sonata with the Saint Michael Trio

Friday, September 19, 2014
Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco
  Music at its most fun! Both Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) and Paul Schoenfield (1947- ) are highly formal in their structure, employing the sonata form. Both present their ideas in three movements, following an arc that moves from spritely to introspective to exuberant. Yet Franz Joseph Haydn composed sonatas at the dawn of Europe’s classical period and embodied the formalism of the 18th-century Enlightenment, while Detroit native Paul Schoenfield's "Cafe Music" (1987) expresses the whimsy and energy of a 21st-century urban metropolis. Daniel Cher (violin), Michel Flexer (cello), and Russell Hancock (piano) — The Saint Michael Trio — demonstrate with passion, wit, and their own virtuosity how two utterly different composers use the same tools to express the sentiment of their age. Learn about them, watch and listen here.

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roman republic   The Roman Republic: 509-27 BCE
October 24 and 25, 2014
Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco
  From its legendary origins as a tiny cluster of villages in the Italian countryside, ancient Rome grew into a vast metropolis and the dominant power of the Mediterranean. Leaders of the Roman Republic established a constitutional framework that embodied principles of separation of powers, checks and balances, and the rights and duties of citizenship (for some), a model that endured for centuries. Ultimately civil strife exacerbated by wide disparities in social and economic well-being and the strains of governing a far-flung empire doomed Cicero’s Republican Rome in the first century BCE. From its modeling of democratic values to its golden age of drama and its Greek- and Etruscan-inspired art, the Roman Republic was a major turning point in western civilization that inspires us to this day.

Presented in collaboration with the Consul General of Italy in San Francisco and the Italian Cultural Institute.

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bagdhad   Charlemagne: The Father of Western Europe
February 27 and 28, 2015

Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco
  Even 1200 years after his death in 814, Charlemagne still symbolizes a critical turning point in Western civilization. King of the Franks and Lombards, Emperor of a New Rome, Charles the Great ushered in the Carolingian Renaissance and fathered a dynasty. Although political unity proved ephemeral, his economic, administrative, educational, and religious reforms created a new and enduring cultural identity that encompassed the heartland of today’s Western Europe. For the first time, the focus of European political power shifted from the Mediterranean, then dominated by Byzantine and Islamic empires, to continental (and Catholic) Europe.

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bagdhad   Bringing Lost Italian Carnival Music to the Stage
March 5, 2015

Hotel Rex San Francisco
  Humanities West’s first Salon at the Rex. Ars Minerva presents Bringing Lost Italian Carnival Music to the Stage. Join Artistic Director and mezzo-soprano Céline Ricci and pianist Derek Tam performing and in conversation about their upcoming mid-March Premier of the Lost Baroque Opera La Cleopatra. Join us in the Library Bar at the Hotel Rex at 5:00 PM for a pre-program drink.

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great war   The Great War: Cultural Reverberations Across Europe
May 1 and 2, 201
Marines' Memorial Theatre, San Francisco
  The First World War collapsed empires, redrew national boundaries, caused cataclysmic change in a generation of Europeans, and revolutionized long-held world views all across Europe. From 1914­18, “The Great War" raged amid a vast crisis of cultural confidence. The war to end all wars was a monumental catastrophe, one of history’s major turning points. Yet among The Great War's legacies of drastic political, social, and cultural change has been its immense artistic response in music, art, literature, and film.

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