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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

Rossini Unmasked: The Comic Genius with a Serious Side

Jan 8 - Feb 12
Wed: 10 am - Noon 
Wayne Gooding

Explore Rossini’s creative output, playing comedies and dramas side by side to highlight the distinctive features that made him a master of bel canto style.

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how music works
How Music Works

Jan 17 - April 3
Friday: 10 am - Noon
James Stager

Understand the building blocks of music and how they create the magic of the music you love!

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Points of Convergence
Points of Convergence: Jazz Meets Classical

Jan 23 - Feb 27
Thursday: 1 - 3 pm
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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Musical Lineage
The Course of Music: Medieval/Renaissance to 20th Century & Beyond

Feb 4 - Mar 3
Tues: 10 am - Noon 
Rick Phillips

Follow the thread of musical styles from the Medieval era to contemporary times.

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Russian Passion & Power: Tchaikovsky Symphonies

Feb 19 - Mar 18
Wed: 10 am - Noon 
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 
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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The Piano Music of Schumann & Brahms

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

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

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The Operas of Giuseppe Verdi

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

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

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