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.
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.
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.
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.
The Maestro Why is a conductors 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)
Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Thursdays December 4, 11; Mondays December 8, 15