Come learn the stories behind some of the greatest works of classical music, each term offering eight fascinating and fun lectures – choose the subject that most appeals to you or attend them all. No prior music history knowledge necessary: the only pre-requisite is the love of music!
|Fall Term: Russian Orchestral Works||Oct 13 – Dec 1|
|From the Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto to Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition to Stravinsky’s Firebird, orchestras and audiences have always been drawn to the power and exoticism of Russian music.|
|Winter Term: Verismo Opera||Jan 26 – Mar 16|
|In preparation for Vancouver Opera’s performance of Puccini’s La bohème, we will explore the phenomenon of verismo or “realism” in the post-Romantic era. In context we will also investigate works by Mascagni, Leoncavallo, Giordano and others.|
|Spring Term: The Philosophy of Music||Apr 13 – Jun 1|
|Drawing from examples in the Western classical tradition as well as a wide array of world and historical traditions, students will debate topics of music philosophy that continue to perplex musicologists today: questions of authenticity, tradition, culture and style.|