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ENRICH-0040 – Music: Holiday Classics (ENRICH-0040_HOLI)

Joy to the World: Four Centuries of Holiday Classics

Hark! ‘Tis the season for holiday music! In nearly every tradition, music plays an integral role in spiritual holidays. Whether festive or somber, childlike or mature, traditional or contemporary, music puts us in the mood! Join two popular Enrichment Program instructors as they lead this two-session course covering four centuries of holiday music. In the first class, Marc Shulgold features Handel’s beloved Messiah (1742), sharing the remarkable story of how it came to be and how it stands alongside other glorious sacred and secular music of the Baroque. You’re likely already familiar with the Hallelujah Chorus, but what else does Handel’s work offer? Marc shares historic perspectives to facilitate a more fulfilling listening experience before you head to the Colorado Symphony to enjoy a live performance of Messiah. In the final session with Betsy Schwarm, discuss how the world changed in the two centuries after Handel and listen to how the sounds of the season also changed. Explore holiday music from the 19th century and beyond, including Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio (1858), Liszt’s Christus (1872), and Respighi’s The Adoration of the Magi (1927). Betsy also covers more recent offerings, including Gerald Finzi’s In Terra Pax (1954) and Karl Jenkins’ Stella Natalis (2009), a work that is decidedly intercultural. Reflect on music for Hanukkah and the winter solstice, as well. Come away fully immersed in the holiday spirit! 10% discount to Symphony subscribers.

Three sessions
Thur., 7-9 pm, Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 2017
Symphony performance, Sat., 7:30 pm, Dec. 9
Location: Room 229, Lamont School of Music, Newman Center for Performing Arts, DU campus

Betsy Schwarm (Elizabeth Glesner), music historian, writes program notes that have appeared internationally and gives pre-performance talks for the Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado.

Marc Shulgold, music journalist, concert lecturer and teacher, was the music and dance writer at the
Rocky Mountain News for nearly 22 years.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 13Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $125


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Thursday30th November 20177th December 201707:00PM - 09:00PMNewman Performing Arts CenterBetsy Schwarm
Saturday9th December 20179th December 201707:30PM - 09:30PMN/AMarc Shulgold