Welcome to Learn With the Levitt! Join us every Thursday in January to learn about a different genre of music paired with wines. The class is available only at 7:30 p.m. on the date listed. Learn With the Levitt is a partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington Music Department.
Red, White and Bubbles: Exploring Classical Varietals and Music
In our first genre session, explore the classics: orchestral music, a sparkly Spanish cava, an American Chardonnay and a mysterious, old-world inspired red blend. We’ll consider the possible perceptions of both classical wine and music as “stuffy” or “archaic,” and discover that only one thing matters when it comes to both: Forget traditions, and focus on what you love! We’ll also learn about American composers Aaron Copland, Ellen Taafe Zwillich and John Adams and discover thrilling parallels with the wines.
Pairs with Campo Viejo Brut Rose, Prescription Chardonnay and 22 Pirates Red Blend
Click here for the class at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7
Click here to order the Classical Special Edition Wines for $80 (with $10 going to the Levitt) or all 12 music-series wines for $300 (with $50 going to the Levitt).
About your host
Laura Bennett Cameron is principal bassoonist of the five-time Grammy-nominated Dallas Winds, and assistant professor of bassoon and chamber music at the University of Texas-Arlington. She is an in-demand soloist for recitals and concertos around the world, having given a series of concerto performances in Italy in January 2020. A champion of the works of Roger Boutry, she has published the largest body of research on the composer in English and continues to expand the resources available on his life and works. Her debut CD, French Masterworks for Bassoon and Piano (Indesens Classique, 2016) with Boutry at the piano, has been praised as “virtuosic, lyrical and engagingly musical.” Her second album with Boutry, Encounters, is expected in 2021. Laura has performed with the Dallas Symphony, Fort Worth Symphony and the Boston Philharmonic, among others. She has a doctorate in music from Indiana University, a master’s in music from the New England Conservatory and a bachelor’s degree in music from West Texas A&M University.
About your instructor
Megan Sarno is a musicologist whose research focuses on the cultural dimensions of early 20th century French music. She is assistant professor of music at the University of Texas-Arlington. She earned her doctorate at Princeton University in 2016. Megan has published on the music of Claude Debussy, Camille Saint-Saëns, and André Caplet. Her articles appear in 19th-Century Music, Journal of Musicological Research, Nineteenth-Century Music Review and Notes. In 2016, she was the recipient of a Chateaubriand Fellowship, which funded archival research in Paris, France.