Beatrice Benzi: Teatro alla Scala 

Milan’s Teatro alla Scala may be the world’s most renown opera house.  But more than a building, it’s a living Italian cultural institution that has a vast workforce and even its own in-house institute of higher education, the Accademia Teatro alla Scala.  Beatrice Benzi, a key member of the theater’s music production team and faculty at the Accademia, will guide us through the inner workings of “La Scala” like no one else can.  Come welcome Beatrice to our show!

When: Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Del Sol String Quartet

San Francisco’s Del Sol String Quartet likes music that asks the question “why not?”  And that “why not?” may shed light on their pioneering journey outside of the comfortable concert hall and into the darkest, most unwelcoming corners of Angel Island – the Ellis Island of the West Coast – a Kafkaesque administrative center formerly responsible for detaining countless would-be immigrants from China by decree of the Chinese Exclusion Act.  The quartet will present this and other, happier projects that are sure to inspire other string quartets to use “all the world [as their] stage.”  Come welcome violinists Sam Weiser & Benjamin Kreith, violist Charlton Lee and cellist Kathryn Bates to our show!

When: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

William Deresiewicz & Jonathan Zimmerman: The Ivy-League Miseducation of the American Elite?

For those who give credence to Pierre Bourdieu’s theory of social Distinction, William Deresiewicz’  Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite & the Way to a Meaningful Life – a rebuke of elite American families’ academic objectives – may not come as a big surprise: the premium elites place on accumulating “institutionalized cultural capital,” the likes of a diploma awarded by an Ivy-League university, naturally promotes their collective identity and distinguishes their “habits” from those of other social classes.  But theory aside, what happens in practice when elite American families earn Ivy-League diplomas but don’t take seriously the age-old liberal arts education that informed the civic-minded decisions of their forefathers and, instead of taking noblesse oblige to heart, are fixated on using their capital collections to improve their own private socioeconomic standing?  Novel pandemonium seems to be the result.  Come welcome William Deresiewicz and Jonathan Zimmerman, author of The Amateur Hour: A History of College Teaching, the pioneering study of the evolution of undergraduate education in the United States, to our show for an in-depth discussion about the relevance of real learning. 

When: Wednesday, September 8th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Martín-Jaime & Reyes Oteo: Music from Málaga

The Spanish port city of Málaga seems to be a great location for exchange, especially as pertains to culture.  The composer and conductor Martín-Jaime and electronic music composer Reyes Oteo – both of whom are residents of Málaga and teach at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Malaga – will guide us through the city’s music scene, discuss their roles in it and the important work they do at the Conservatorio.  Come welcome Martín-Jaime and Reyes to our show!

When: Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook Live

Chris Britton: Challenges of Continuing to Work as an Actor

You might already know Chris Britton, or at least the sound of his deep voice: it may be heard on hundreds of animation series (such as Mr. Sinister in “X-Men”), narrations and commercials.  Chris also works as character actor for film and theater and has written award-winning screenplays.  When imagining success in Hollywood, many of us are inclined to consider the newest, most promising débutant/e on the block.  Let’s explore the character actor industry from the perspective of an insider with a decades-long contribution to many aspects of the business in Canada.  Come welcome Chris to our show and get ready for some really meaningful drama.

When: Wednesday, August 25th, 2021, from 19:00-20:00 Central European Time (1:00-2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time)

Where: on Zoom and Facebook