Arts & Events

Around & About--Music & Theater--Marion Fay's New Music & Theater Classes

Ken Bullock
Friday January 08, 2016 - 02:03:00 PM

Marion Fay's unusual, highly participatory adult education classes in music and theater are starting up again this month. The 9-week Music Appreciation class, 10 a.m till noon every Thursday, will start January 14th. No previous classes or experience in music required. Concerts and classical music events will be attended, with discounted tickets and post-performance discussions, and composers, conductors and musicians from the Berkeley, San Francisco and Oakland Symphonies will come to the classes, which will also feature special events such as a St. Patrick's Day performance by a piano-cello duo, a program on the Habanera and a performance by two professional French Horn players. $90, not including discounted concert tickets. Register at the first class. 

Theater Explorations--nine 2-hour classes and four plays, with a choice of either a Monday or Thursday afternoon session, one beginning January 11th, the other January 14th, both at 1 p. m.--features attendance of theater performances with discounted tickets, followed by post-performance discussions, and guest speakers from Aurora Theater, Berkeley Rep and other Bay Area theaters. Special events include a presentation by lighting designer/playwright Stephanie Johnson and docents from Berkeley Rep, as well as an in-class dramatic performance. Plays include 'Little Erik' (after Ibsen) by Mark Jackson at the Aurora and 'Macbeth' at Berkeley Rep. $90 for nine weeks; register at the first class--and if attending 'Little Erik' at Aurora Theatre Co. in Berkeley on January 30th, bring $30 in a plain envelope for discounted ticket. 

All classes at the Northbrae Community Church, 941 The Alameda, Berkeley, near the Solano Avenue tunnel.