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San Francisco Performances Announces New Fall Online Series
“Back to School with Bob Greenberg” on Front Row

Free online podcasts with SF Performances Music-Historian-in-Residence Robert Greenberg

Podcasts will be released on a weekly basis as noted below at http://sfperformances.org

PODCAST #1
“Yours for a Song” | THURS, SEPT 10, 2020 | Free
An exploration of the history of art song and German Lieder

PODCAST #2
“Winterreise” | THURS, SEPT 17, 2020 | Free
A deeper look at one of Schubert's great song cycles

PODCAST #3
“The Original Fab 4—A Brief History of the String Quartet” | THURS, SEPT 24, 2020 | Free

PODCAST #4
“Mozart's Prussian Quartets” | THURS, OCT 1, 2020 | Free
A deeper dive into these Mozart favorites

PODCAST #5
“Sergei Prokofiev: The Pianistic Steel Trust” | THURS, OCT 8, 2020 | Free
An exploration into the life and work of Sergei Prokofiev

PODCAST #6
“Why All the Fuss About Beethoven” | THURS, OCT 15, 2020 | Free

PODCAST # 7
“The Guitar and the Art of Transcription” | THURS, OCT 22, 2020 | Free
A look at the history and evolution of the classical guitar

PODCAST #8
“The Impact of Andalucían Flamenco on Spanish Song and Dance” | THURS, OCT 29, 2020 | Free

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—August 7, 2020—San Francisco Performances (SFP) announces “Back to School with Bob Greenberg,” a free podcast series on its Front Row online platform. The eight podcasts colloquially named “BobCasts” will be consecutively released each Thursday beginning September 10 through October 29, 2020 and available on SFP’s website at sfperformances.org.

SFP President, Melanie Smith conceived of the series as an engaging way to present the programmatic themes running through the 2020–21 season while enlisting the deep knowledge and affable wit of SFP music historian-in-residence, Robert “Bob” Greenberg.

“In my capacity as music-historian-in-residence of San Francisco Performances, I have prepared a series of eight, 15–20 minute BobCasts linked to SFP’s 2020–21 season. (Yes; we’ve chosen to call these podcasts “BobCasts”. Perhaps I should be embarrassed to have my name interpolated into such an otherwise time-honored term. However, the term “BobCast” is not of my creation but rather, that of my wiser colleagues at San Francisco Performances. Consequently, I stand [sit] before you, both flattered and unashamed.)

The BobCasts are intended to give historical context to the music being performed this coming season. I looked for common threads between the upcoming programs, common threads that would allow a single podcast (okay, yes, podcast) to address multiple programs. These commonalities are compositional genre (song recitals, guitar recitals, and string quartet concerts); individual composers receiving lots of play (Mozart, Beethoven, Prokofiev); and the music of Spain. The podcasts bear the following titles:

  1. Yours for a Song: The Art of the Song
  2. Franz Schubert’s Winterreise
  3. The Original Fab Four: The Birth of the String Quartet
  4. Mozart’s “Prussian” String Quartets
  5. Sergei Prokofiev: The Pianistic Steel Trust
  6. Why All the Fuss About Beethoven?
  7. The Guitar and the Art of the Transcription
  8. The Impact of Andalucían Flamenco on Spanish Song and Dance

With one exception (“Why All the Fuss About Beethoven?”), the podcasts all feature musical examples. Each one is intended to be a self-contained entity; informative, entertaining and, perhaps, here and there, a tad bit irreverent.“  —Robert Greenberg

About Robert “Bob” Greenberg

Robert Greenberg was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1954, and has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1978. Greenberg received a BA in music, magna cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976. In 1984, Greenberg received a Ph.D. in music composition, With Distinction, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Greenberg has composed over fifty works for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal ensembles. Recent performances of his works have taken place in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, England, Ireland, Greece, Italy and The Netherlands, where his Child’s Play for String Quartet was performed at the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam.

Greenberg has received numerous honors, including being designated an official “Steinway Artist,” three Nicola de Lorenzo Composition Prizes and three Meet-The-Composer Grants. Notable commissions have been received from the Koussevitzky Foundation in the Library of Congress, the Alexander String Quartet, the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, San Francisco Performances, and the XTET ensemble. Greenberg is a board member and an artistic director of COMPOSERS, INC., a composers’ collective/production organization based in San Francisco. His music has been published by Fallen Leaf Press and CPP/Belwin, and recorded on the Innova label.

Greenberg has performed, taught and lectured extensively across North America and Europe. He is currently music historian-in-residence with San Francisco Performances, where he has lectured and performed since 1994. He has served on the faculties of the University of California at Berkeley, California State University East Bay, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he chaired the Department of Music History and Literature from 1989–2001 and served as the Director of the Adult Extension Division from 1991–1996. Greenberg has lectured for some of the most prestigious musical and arts organizations in the United States, including the San Francisco Symphony (where for ten years he was host and lecturer for the Symphony’s nationally acclaimed “Discovery Series”), the Chautauqua Institute (where he was the Everett Scholar-in-Residence during the 2006 season), the Ravinia Festival, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Van Cliburn Foundation, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, Villa Montalvo, Music @ Menlo, and the University of British Columbia (where he was the Dal Grauer Lecturer in September of 2006). In addition, Greenberg is a sought after lecturer for businesses and business schools. For many years a member of the faculty at the University of Pennsylvania/Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program, he has spoken for such diverse organizations as S.C. Johnson, Canadian Pacific, Deutsches Bank, the University of California/Haas School of Business Executive Seminar, the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, Harvard Business School Publishing, Kaiser-Permanente, the Strategos Institute, Quintiles Transnational, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the World Presidents’ Organization, and the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco.

Greenberg has been profiled in the Wall Street Journal, INC. Magazine, the Times of London, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, the University of California Alumni Magazine, Princeton Alumni Weekly, and Diablo Magazine. For fifteen years Greenberg was the resident composer and music historian to National Public Radio’s Weekend All Things Considered and Weekend Edition, Sunday with Liane Hansen.

In February 2003, The Bangor Daily News (Maine) referred to Greenberg as the “Elvis of music history and appreciation”, an appraisal that has given more pleasure than any other.

In May 1993, Greenberg recorded a forty-eight lecture course entitled “How to Listen to and Understand Great Music” for the Teaching Company/Great Courses Program of Chantilly, Virginia. (This course was named in the January, 1996 edition of Inc. Magazine as one of “The Nine Leadership Classics You’ve Never Read”.) The Great Courses is the preeminent producer of college level courses-on-media in the United States. Twenty-Five further courses, including “Concert Masterworks”, “Bach and the High Baroque”, “The Symphonies of Beethoven”, “How to Listen to and Understand Opera”, “Great Masters”, “The Operas of Mozart”, “The Life and Operas of Verdi”, “The Symphony”, “The Chamber Music of Mozart”, “The Piano Sonatas of Beethoven”, “The Concerto”, “The Fundamentals of Music”, “The String Quartets of Beethoven”, “The Music of Richard Wagner”, and “The Thirty Greatest Orchestral Works” have been recorded since, totaling over 550 lectures. The courses are available on both CD and DVD formats and in book form.

About San Francisco Performances

San Francisco Performances has been a leader in the Bay Area cultural scene since our founding in 1979. With a strong curatorial vision and adventurous programming, we are the city’s premier presenter of intimate concerts and solo performances.

We have introduced hundreds of established and emerging classical music, jazz and dance artists to audiences, including Yo-Yo Ma, the Juilliard String Quartet, Philip Glass, Wendy Whelan, and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. We also champion a new generation, committed to building a contemporary and equitable repertoire. Performers like violinist Jennifer Koh, tenor Lawrence Brownlee and pianist/composer Vijay Iyer are moving their art into the present and future, making it accessible to younger audiences while converting many traditionalists to new possibilities. They represent the path forward.

Quality, intimacy and connection are the hallmarks of San Francisco Performances. We nurture unique relationships with today’s best artists to create an accessible, warm and engaging arts experience.

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SAN FRANCISCO PERFORMANCES PRESENTS:
“BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BOB GREENBERG”
SFP MUSIC HISTORIAN-IN-RESIDENCE

WHEN: Thursday, September 10, 2020
WHERE:
Online at sfperformances.org
PROGRAM: “Yours for a Song”
An exploration of the history of art song and German Lieder
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 2020
WHERE:
Online at sfperformances.org
PROGRAM: “Winterreise”
A deeper look at one of Schubert's great song cycles
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 2020
WHERE:
Online at sfperformances.org
PROGRAM: “The Original Fab 4 — A Brief History of the String Quartet”
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

WHEN: Thursday, October 1, 2020
WHERE:
Online at sfperformances.org
PROGRAM: “Mozart's Prussian Quartets”
A deeper dive into these Mozart favorites
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

WHEN: Thursday, October 8, 2020
WHERE:
Online at sfperformances.org
PROGRAM: “Sergei Prokofiev: The Pianistic Steel Trust”
An exploration into the life and work of Sergei Prokofiev
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

WHEN: Thursday, October 15, 2020
WHERE:
Online at sfperformances.org
PROGRAM: “Why All the Fuss About Beethoven”
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

WHEN: Thursday, October 22, 2020
WHERE:
Online at sfperformances.org
PROGRAM: “The Guitar and the Art of Transcription”
A look at the history and evolution of the classical guitar
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

WHEN: Thursday, October 29, 2020
WHERE:
Online at sfperformances.org
PROGRAM: “The Impact of Andalucían Flamenco on Spanish Song and Dance”
TICKETS: Free
CONTACT: (415) 392.2545; sfperformances.org

Contact Nancy Bertossa at nancy@sfperformances.org.

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