• Music Appreciation and Community Band Classes



    This passionate opera appreciation class sets the stage for a more complete enjoyment of the live Met Opera broadcasts at Bay Area theaters and adds intriguing topics about opera in general. Those who’ve wondered what opera is about, as well as those who’ve held season tickets for years, are sure to relish this class.

    Class Schedule

    10/ 07:  Turandot by Giacomo Puccini. The icy Chinese princess, known for beheading her suitors, is melted by a mysterious commoner. Features famous tenor aria “Nessun Dorma”.

    10/14: “Shattering Ceilings: Women Change Agents and Representation in Opera” with guest speaker Jazmine Harnishfeger.

    10/21:  Manon by Jules Massenet. Manon tells the story of an impulsive young woman drawn into the Belle Époque world of male desire. She recklessly chooses luxury over love and pays the ultimate price. 

    10/28:  Akhnaten by Philip Glass. “Ancient Egypt in Glass: Ritual Representation and the Impact of Akhnaten”. The third of Glass’ trilogy of ‘portrait’ operas exploring science (Einstein), politics (Gandhi), and religion (Egyptian pharaoh Akhnaten).

    11/04:  Madama Butterfly by Giacomo Puccini. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and comprehensive portraits of a woman in the history of opera. There is little action; just the slow poetry of the soul. 

    11/11:  No class. Veterans Day Holiday.

    11/18:  No class

    11/25:  Doña Francisquita by Amado Vives.  Castanets, fandangos, and parade of singable tunes punctuate this delightful Spanish operetta.

    12/02:  Wozzeck by Alban Berg with guest speaker mazza-soprano Deborah Rosengaus. The opera follows Wozzeck, victimized by war and the woman he loves, as he slides through a PTSD haze into madness. Berg, who was called to military service while writing the opera, infuses the score with realistic, powerful emotion. 

    12/09: Holiday Opera Sing Along and Party

    Live Met Broadcasts

    (Encores or recorded repeats of operas are usually broadcast in theaters on the following Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. and/or 6:30 p.m.  Check theaters for show times.)

    10/12 9:55 a.m. Turandot with Christine Goerke, Roberto Aronica, James Morris. 

    10/26 9:55 a.m. Manon with Lisette Oropesa, Michael Fabiano. 

    11/9 9:55 a.m. Madama Butterfly with Hui He, Andrea Carè, Plácido Domingo.

    11/23 955 a.m. Akhnaten with Anthony Roth Costanzo, J’Nai Bridges, Dísella Lárusdóttir. 

    1/11 9:55 a.m. Wozzeck with Elsa van den Heever, Peter Mattei. 

    San Mateo Senior Center

    Registration fee includes a $5 site surcharge.

    080807            M              2:30 - 4:30 pm               Deghi         10/07 – 12/09   (no class 11/11,11/18)          $105

    Fee: $105. Payable by check or credit card during first class. (Transportation and tickets to operas not included.) Guest pass for single class is $15.



    West Bay Community Band

    Musicians Wanted! If you’ve been itching to play again come join the West Bay and San Carlos Community Band. Our band has over 60 fun-loving musicians who enjoy playing music of all styles and periods, performing, and appreciate being part of an ensemble. All instruments needed. Gain new musical knowledge and skill. NO audition required. For more information, contact Erinn Washburn at

    Class times can be found by visiting the West Bay Community Band website. Registration for this class can be completed either in class or online visiting the website:


    Mills High School   (No class 9/02, 11/11)

    080823         M               New time­čí¬7:30 - 9:30 pm              Washburn            8/19 – 12/09       $100