FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Thomas Elefant

Music Appreciation

Thomas Elefant, a conductor and a 2008 LLS lecturer, founded the Handel Festival Orchestra in September 2009, commemorating the 250th anniversary of G. F. Handel. The HFO, based in Manhattan, N.Y., is comprised of professional musicians from the Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes Schools of Music, including advanced amateur musicians. Currently, this young orchestra is performing in area churches and senior centers.

Previous positions held include: Founder / Conductor of the Inter-Generation Symphony Orchestra in T.A. Israel (2000 – ‘06), Music Director / Conductor of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Richmond, IN (1985 – ‘97), the Missoula Symphony Orchestra, Missoula, MT (1980 – ‘85), and Assistant Conductor in the Israeli Army Band (1976 –’77).

Thomas Elefant studied conducting at the Academia Chigiana in Siena, Italy, Tanglewood Music Festival in Massachusetts and Indiana University School of Music, receiving a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting.

From Bach to Sinatra

The intent of these four presentations is to illuminate certain aspects of music in order to gain deeper and greater understanding of the idiom. Music embodies a broad spectrum of forms and styles, and by incorporating examples from classical, Latin, gypsy, jazz and popular music, Elefant will point out the common aspects as well as defining the unique differences between them.

The result of better distinguishing knowledge of music leads to enhancement of the listening experience.

Four Lectures
  1. Music and its Elements; Form in Music or Music in Form? — Part 1: Definitions and discussions of Sound, Melody, Harmony, Rhythm, Form, Texture and questions about music you might have always wanted to ask yet never got around to.

    Part 2: Did composers write music without a structure, freely, or did they compose music in previously established forms? Discover the many forms that classical and popular music, even jazz, have in common.
  2. Gypsy Music of Hungary; The Violin, Virtuoso Violinists and the Legendary Jascha Heifetz — Part 1: We will hear authentic recordings of gypsy music performed by the world famous Lakatos Ensemble and highlight the features and characteristics of gypsy and other folk music of Hungary. We will also examine the influence gypsy music had on the music of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and even Brahms.

    Part 2: Tracing the development of the violin and famous violinists from Vivaldi to Heifetz. With the aid of a short film segment, discover why Heifetz is and always will be the greatest violinist of all time.
  3. Intimate Conversations in Music — A closer examination into the concerto repertoire of Beethoven and other selected composers reveals a conscious attempt by composers to portray, through music, conversations between different personalities.
  4. The Maestro — Why is a conductor’s role with an orchestra still a mystery? A realistic discussion and actual conducting by class members will reveal the practical functions and responsibilities of a conductor. Gain a true understanding of how a musician trains to become a conductor and observe the great conductors of the past in a short film segment.
Course # F4M5 — 4 weeks (Mondays and Thursdays)
  Place:Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
  Dates:Thursdays — December 4, 11; Mondays — December 8, 15
  Time:2:15–3:45 p.m.
  Fee:$34 / member; $54 / non-member