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Glorious Gershwin (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 8 February 2020
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

One of the few composers who successfully blended the jazz and the classical traditions, George Gershwin left a music legacy that ranges from the popular song to the classical concerto. From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood, from Rhapsody in Blue to An American in Paris, from Shall We Dance to Porgy and Bess, and a string of memorable songs as well... Join us as we discover the life and music of the American genius who tried to ‘make a lady out of jazz’.
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A Morning in the Baroque Period (2.5 hours)

10:00 am - 12:30 pm Monday 10 February 2020
Northside Opera Study Group, 454 Pacific Highway, Lindfield

The Baroque period has given us some of the most dramatic and beautiful compositions of music history. In this lecture we explore the rich complexity of Baroque music, providing insight into the works of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi and their contemporaries, in their social and historical context. Learn what makes Baroque music sound Baroque, and what the great composers were striving to achieve.
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Music Theory Classes for Adults

Music Theory Classes for Adults

Grades 1-2, Monday mornings for 8 weeks from 17 February 2020
Grade 1, Saturdays from 22 February 2020
Susan Deas Music, Leichhardt

These intensive courses will take you through the grades of AMEB Musicianship, with added course material showing you how the theory applies to both classical and contemporary music. Learn the secrets of music, and how to use them. The courses provide an excellent background to the understanding of music for adults who are learning to sing or play a musical instrument, and lay foundations for future courses in higher grades. Learn new skills or refresh old ones.
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A Beginner's Guide to Classical Music (8 weeks)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 19 February 2019
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Newtown

Interested in classical music but don’t know how to start? Been listening for a while but need some guidance? This course provides a framework for understanding classical music, examining the major periods of music history, the music of the great composers, and the main classical genres. Each week we will listen to some works and examine their historical, social and musical context. You will be able to explore your own taste in music and learn how to find more of what you like. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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What is an Oratorio? (1 evening)

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday 28 February 2020
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

“For my part, they give me an idea of heaven, where everybody is to sing whether they have voices or not.” - Horace Walpole on Handel’s oratorios, 1743. Combining words and music with choir, soloists and orchestra, the oratorio is one of the grandest genres of classical music. Join us as we explore how this wonderful genre works, with its origins and structures. We will listen to excerpts from such great works as Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Ludwig van Beethoven, 1820

The Legend of Beethoven (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 14 March 2020
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Newtown

For over two hundred years, Beethoven’s music has spoken to us and moved us in ways no previous composer had ever achieved. Born at a pivotal point in European social and musical history, he took the conventions of the classical period and moulded them into the beginnings of Romanticism in music. This one-day course will tell the tragic and inspiring story of Beethoven’s life, richly illustrated with pictures, readings, and the music of this great composer.
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Calendar of future events

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