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On Music

Finding Joy in Music

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Feb 3, 10:00am
Rowe Center 10:00am
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On Music
Finding Joy in Music

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Fred Plotkin, lecturer

In challenging times, music is not just a balm for the soul but can magically arouse feelings of joy. Fred Plotkin will explore how this happens, with abundant examples that will lift your spirits and put a smile on your face.

This presentation is part of Fred Plotkin's On Music series.

A professionally administered negative COVID-19 rapid antigen or PCR test, along with a valid matching photo ID, is required for all visitors 12 and older. In lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, voluntary proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, along with a valid matching photo ID, may be presented. Masks are encouraged, and they are required for children between the ages of 2 and 11 unless a negative COVID-19 test or voluntary proof of being fully vaccinated (for children ages 5-11 eligible for vaccination) is presented on their behalf. Certain artists and ensembles may require masks. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 Protocols.


Fred Plotkin

Fred Plotkin

Fred Plotkin is one of the world’s leading experts on opera, food and wine and everything Italian. He is the author of Opera 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Opera (the standard text in America for opera education); Classical Music 101: A Complete Guide to Learning and Loving Classical Music; and six definitive books on Italian food. He has worked for many opera companies, including La Scala (as a Fulbright Scholar) and the Metropolitan Opera. He lectures regularly at the Smithsonian Institution, NYU and the University of Oxford. In 2010, he was named America’s wine journalist of the year. He organizes and leads food and opera trips for New York Times Journeys. In 2015, he was made a Cavaliere della Stella d’Italia, the Italian equivalent of a knighthood and an honor rarely accorded to foreigners.


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