Sample questions from Eyerly lectures:
How is Donizetti like Willie Mays?
What do Mahler and Hillary Clinton have in common?
What's the average age of a Met opera this year?
Eyerly's fresh approach to opera and classical music has attracted a growing audience. His popular lecture series at the Mahaiwe Theater in the Berkshires and his sold-out courses at The Juilliard School's Evening Division are drawing novices and cognoscenti alike.
MET OPERA LIVE IN HD at the MAHAIWE THEATER
Since 2007, Eyerly has introduced the Metropolitan Opera "Live in HD" broadcasts for the Mahaiwe Theater in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. "I'm a composer, so I ask 'why' a lot," says Eyerly. "Why does Rossini introduce Cinderella with a plain ballad, then deluge her with notes when she appears at the ball? Why does Gounod lavish Roméo and Juliette with four duets, but prevent them from singing in unison until the end? Why does Verdi call for piccolo and cello when Falstaff describes his girth?"
Mixing erudition and humor, Eyerly's lectures enhance the opera-goer's experience. Lectures take place at the Mahaiwe Theater, just off Main Street. To order lecture tickets, please call the Mahaiwe at (413)528-0100. To reserve lunch at the adjacent Castle Street Cafe, please call the Cafe at (413)528-5244. For a schedule of Met Opera HD broadcasts offered at the Mahaiwe Theater, go to www.mahaiwe.org.
THE JUILLIARD SCHOOL: ADULT EDUCATION
Eyerly's Evening Division courses have stimulated minds for more than 15 years. Understanding Classical Music provides an overview "from chant to Copland," with (often amusing) definitions of the mysterious terms found in program notes, plus great recordings to illustrate musical styles and concepts. Opera This Season takes an in-depth look at half a dozen masterpieces being performed locally, giving students the opportunity, outside of class, to see the operas they've studied.
For more information, please call The Juilliard School at (212)799-5000, extension 273, or go to www.juilliard.edu/evening.