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A Beginner’s Guide to Opera (8 weeks)

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm Wednesdays from 16 October 2019
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Newtown

“Opera is about life and everything that entails – love, hate and passion.” – Lesley Garrett
This course provides a guide to the appreciation and enjoyment of opera for the beginner, as well as a deeper exploration of the history and elements of opera for the more experienced listener. We explore the history, forms and structures of opera, considering the work of composers such as Mozart, Wagner, Verdi and Puccini, and listening to performances by some of the great singers. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Music Theory Classes for Adults

Music Theory Classes for Adults

Grade 1: Saturdays 10:00 am - 4:00 pm from 2 November 2019 (2.5 days)
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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Puccini

The Great Puccini (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 19 October 2019
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Turandot, Tosca - Puccini’s operas are performed more often than any other composer’s, and loved by millions of listeners worldwide. As well as opera, Puccini loved women, shooting, fishing, and sports cars, and lived a life that occasionally matched the drama and scandal of his opera plots. This study day examines the life and music of Puccini, with lots of musical examples from some of the greatest operas of all time. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Portrait of J. S. Bach

The Genius of J. S. Bach (1 day)

9:30 am - 4:30 pm Saturday 16 November 2019
Centre for Continuing Education, University of Sydney, Newtown

The composer of some of the most famous works of the classical repertoire, Johann Sebastian Bach has influenced perhaps more composers than any other figure in classical music. But he lived a quiet life, surrounded by the family he loved, and little-known in greater musical circles. This one-day course examines Bach’s life and music, illustrated by portraits, readings from his letters, and examples of his music. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Monet: Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge

An Evening in the Impressionist Period

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Friday 6 December 2019
WEA Sydney, 72 Bathurst St Sydney

Composers of the Impressionist period, such as Rachmaninov, Elgar, Sibelius, Puccini, Mahler, Debussy and Ravel, gave the world exotic and rich experiments in sound and beauty, in the last moments before many composers abandoned ‘normal’ music and moved to atonality. This lecture examines the strangely beautiful music of the turn of the twentieth century, in its historical and social context. No musical knowledge is necessary.
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Calendar of future events

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