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Music Appreciation

Music Appreciation
Kyra Millan singing

What inspired Beethoven to write his 5th Symphony?

What’s the difference between a cadenza and a cadence?

How does Purcell use musical word painting to make us feel the emotions of his characters?


 
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of great composers, artists, and musical works. The Royal Conservatory School in Toronto offers an unsurpassed breadth of Music Appreciation classes taught by experts in a welcoming and intimate environment. These sessions are designed to expand your understanding and enjoyment of music across genres and historical periods, from the rich traditions of the past to exciting new creations of the present.

With sessions offered in the morning, afternoon, and evening, there is sure to be something that sparks your curiosity and fits your schedule. Select sessions include live performances by the rising stars of The Glenn Gould School and special concert ticket offers to enhance your experience.

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2020 Music Appreciation Classes

Points of Convergence
Points of Convergence: Jazz Meets Classical

Jan 23 - Feb 27
Thursday: 1 - 3 pm
$210
Mark Micklethwaite

Discover the similarities and differences between classical and jazz while exploring the intersections that have spawned new musical treasures.

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Tchaikovsky
Russian Passion & Power: Tchaikovsky Symphonies

Feb 19 - Mar 18
Wed: 10 am - Noon 
$175
Rick Phillips

Everyone knows about Tchaikovsky's ballets. Learn about his symphonies!

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French Melodie
The Art of Song: French Mélodie

Feb 26 - Mar 25
Wed: 1 - 3 pm 
$150
David Eliakis

Explore the art form of the French mélodie through the works of composers such as Fauré, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, and more. 

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Brahms
The Piano Music of Schumann & Brahms

Mar 5 - Mar 26
Thurs: 1 - 3 pm 
$145
Rick Phillips

The distinctive, original, and beautiful piano music of Schumann and Brahms is revealed with their similarities and differences.

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Verdi
The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

April 1 - May 6
Wed: 10 am - Noon 
$185
Wayne Gooding

Trace the arc of Verdi’s career, highlighting his stylistic development, dramatic priorities, and major innovations to opera.

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Beethoven

The Symphonies of Beethoven: The Universe in Music

May 6 - June 10
Wed: 10 am - Noon
$210
Rick Phillips

2020 marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven! Celebrate by delving into his nine musical masterworks.

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Art of Song
The Art of Song: English Song

May 6 - June 3
Wed: 1 - 3 pm
$150
David Eliakis

Discover more about the art of song through the great song repertoire of English composers.
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Learn@lunch

[email protected]: 4 More Great Composers

May 19 - June 9
Tues: Noon - 1 pm
$70
Rick Phillips

Back by popular demand - yet again! This one-hour lunchtime series will feature composers Chopin, Brahms, Ravel and Copland.

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