Arizona Opera's Director of Education hosts a four-session class to discuss the history of western music and how it expresses the world throughout the ages.
Western music is an integral part of our culture, but rarely do we take the time to learn about how motets, symphonies, operas, nocturnes, musicals and more came to be. In this four-part series, join Joshua Borths, Director of Education at Arizona Opera, on a journey from the music of ancient Greece to the songs of today. Celebrate the sounds of the past, and what they reveal about the world we live in right now.
PART I: SACRED BEGINNINGS • 4/3/18
The foundations of Western music can be traced back to the Ancient Greeks. Learn about the basics of Western music through Greek philosophy and how we retained these ideas in sacred music up to the Renaissance.
PART II: SECULAR EXPLOSIONS • 4/10/18
The baroque saw the birth of what we understand today as "Western music." Listen and learn how the baroque masters perfected their craft and catapulted their emotional music headlong into the classical era.
PART III: EMOTIONAL RESONANCES • 4/17/18
Romantic music is arguably the most beloved of all eras in classical music. Learn how the Romantics rebelled against their forefathers and created the canon of classical music as we know it today.
PART IV: MODERN EXTREMES • 4/24/18
Influenced by the anguish of world wars, the music of the twentieth century explored uncharted musical waters and redefined the meaning of the word "music." Today, we are still unraveling these musical experiments today as contemporary composers express the world around us all.
- Cost: $60 for four (4) sessions .
- Cost covers admission to all sessions.
- Admission only available for full class series; meetings cannot be attended individually.
- Registration at 602.274.0067.