Listening Labs

Like a book club… but for MUSIC!

Are you curious about learning more about classical music? Want to become a better listener? Improve your familiarity with musical terms and how to talk about a performance you've attended?

Join us as we listen and delve into various pieces and composers featured throughout the 2024 Lakes Area Music Festival. Prior to each session participants will be asked to listen to the featured piece of music. Then, during the 90-minute session we will discuss what you heard, learn more about the context of each composers' work, and listen to excerpts with guided discussion.

All levels of musical knowledge are welcome! Discussions will be led by Minneapolis-based conductor, Hannah Schendel.

  • Wednesday, June 12: Beethoven's 9th Symphony (including the famous “Ode to Joy”)
  • Wednesday, June 19: Mozart's Symphony No. 38 / Antonin Dvorak's Violin Concerto
  • Wednesday, June 26: Richard Strauss' Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Journey)

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Each session will be held 10-11:30 a.m. at a location in Brainerd.
Signup to receive preparatory information and location.
Suggested donation: $15
Coffee and scones provided.

Hannah Schendel

Recognized for her musicality and technical command, Hannah Schendel, has a reputation as a brilliant and collaborative conductor. This season, Schendel has served as Cover Conductor with the Minnesota Orchestra where she assisted Osmo Vänska, Ruth Reinhardt, and Tito Muñoz, Music Director of the Wayzata Symphony Orchestra, and Interim Conductor of the Carleton Orchestra. She was recently a semifinalist in the Sergey Kussewitzky International Conducting Competition, and attended the Cabrillo Festival for Contemporary Music led by Cristian Măcelaru.

During the 2022/23 season, Schendel served as Assistant Conductor for the opera Fellow Travelers with CCM Opera, and Cover Conductor for Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Schendel recently studied orchestral conducting at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.