– History and Culture of Music Lectures
– Opera Appreciation
– Concerts
– Multi-cultural music series
– “Hamiltones” chorus group
– The Chateaus

ZOOM Middle Eastern Percussion – 4 Week Series – Thursdays  at 1 pm – January 7, 14, 21, 28

Participants will be able to demonstrate and improve competence in their percussive ability as it relates to middle eastern drumming rhythms of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Anatolia, Iraq, Balkans, Turkey and Greece. Not only will class members develop strategies to identify and increase their accuracy in the following grooves: Ayoub, Beledi (Baladi), Beguine, Ciftetelli (Çiftetelli Tsifteteli), Curcuna, Halay, Malfouf (Malfuf Malfuuf), 6/8 time, 7/8 time (Laz), and 9/8 time (Karsilama) but also, participating in musical training enhances verbal memory, spatial reasoning and literacy skills. This class will prepare participants to interact with the Middle Eastern online groove mixer to record, evaluate, and improve performance. (an example of the groove mixer: Techniques taught and methods used will foster self-reliance, independence, and confidence in participants’ Middle Eastern percussion performance ability. Participants will use house hold items while in class and for practicing when not in class. 

Percussionist and educator Charles Z. Kalajian (b. 1988) uses his wide-ranging talents to adapt comfortably to a variety of environments. As a performing artist, he has performed and given master classes and clinics throughout the Southern New England area. As an educator Charles is currently teaching Percussion at the Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School and is on the music faculty of Rhode Island College, Community College of Rhode Island, and Bishop Hendricken High School. Charles teaches with passion and compassion and carries that into his teaching. Charles’ students see how enthusiastic he is about what he does, and it fuels their eagerness to learn. “The power to help my students make the world a better place through music is my calling and inspiration.” With that knowledge comes the urge to use his skills as a music teacher, to improve the lives of his students; it is not just an ability that he has, but a responsibility that he feels he must live up to.

ZOOM ‘PRAISES: Gospel Music of Black Women in Church’ with Kim Trusty – Thursday, February 18 at 1 pm

We will look at the role of the black women musicians in the church. Not only were they singers, but they also were accompanist and worship leaders through song in a time when women weren’t accepted in the work field, but were accepted in the church. How the women helped give the church a musical face from Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe to Aretha Franklin.