Mondays with the Waring

Mondays with the Waring is a series of Educational Seminars for the Community. The 2015 series was presented by Key Players’ Auxiliary Co Chairs Mary Ellen Blanton and Rev. Patty Spicer, ably assisted by committee members Cissie Bramer and Isabel Chapman. California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus was Presenting Sponsor. All seminars took place at the lovely 300 seat Indian Wells Theater.

The next series of Mondays with the Waring will take place after the 2017 Competition. Stay tuned!

The first series included the following presentations:

Monday, October 12, 2015

Composer Joe Giarrusso and Organist Bob Poehling presented an audio / visual presentation on the History of Music and the Orchestra recapping the major styles, periods, and composers from the 16th century to the contemporary world.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Concert pianist, recording artist, composer (and Waring artistic director) John Bayless demonstrated the Art of Improvisation on the piano. Brian Feng from USC’s Graduate School of Music made a special appearance.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Michael Rolland Davis, concert and recording producer (and Waring competition producer) presented a “behind the scenes” look with power point at what it takes today for young pianists to maneuver practicing, auditions, and competitions with recitals and performances.