Classical Encounters

This music appreciation mini-course is offered in groups of four class sessions, designed to explore four basic periods of music – Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the various styles and learning terminologies that improve one’s knowledge and appreciation for what is happening in the music. These sessions are ideal for people who wish to sharpen their listening skills.

Classical Encounters Fall 2020

Presented Online –  Tuesdays, October 27 through November 17 from 7-8 p.m. Registration required.

This “virtual” mini-music appreciation course, offered in four class sessions, is designed to introduce people to the world of classical music or serve as a refresher course for those already familiar with classical music.

It explores the four basic periods of classical music – Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the various style periods and learning terminologies that improve one’s knowledge and appreciation for what is happening in the music. The goal is to have the listener be more comfortable when listening to classical music.

The instructor is Morrie Brand, (pictured) Director of the Westmoreland Symphony’s Academy of Music and Music Director of the Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra Program.  He is a former college music teacher and professional musician with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, now an active music teacher and composer.

There is no tuition fee for these class sessions, but you must register in advance. Participants are encouraged to make a small donation to the WSO in support of the Westmoreland Youth Symphony Orchestra program (WYSO). Please register by Monday, October 26.

 

 

 

Clasical Encounters – this music appreciation mini-course is offered in groups of four class sessions, designed to explore four basic periods of music – Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the various styles and learning terminologies that improve one’s knowledge and appreciation for what is happening in the music. These sessions are ideal for people who wish to sharpen their listening skills.

Classical Encounters II provides a more in-depth focus on topics including The Life and Times of Joseph Haydn, Beethoven’s Life through his Symphonies, Mahler and Strauss, and Masterpieces of 20th Century Music.

Morrie Brand, instructor and current Academy of Music director, is a former professional musician and composer, and was a college music instructor for more than ten years before becoming an arts manager.

Tribune-Review: Morrie Brand looks to bring classical music to the masses – one class at time

If you have questions about the course content, please email instructor Morrie Brand at [email protected]

 

 

 

 

Front Row Livestream Season

Order Today!

Recent blog posts

Valentine’s Day Weekend Concert!

Westmoreland Symphony presents Classical Heart, a Livestream concert featuring Mark Kosower Greensburg, PA – The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Classical Heart as part of its Front Row Season on February 13, 2021, at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The digital concert will be live-streamed. The concert features Cleveland Orchestra’s principal cello Mark Kosower performing Boccherini’s Cello… Read More

Read more

Celebrate the Season with Home for the Holidays

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Home for the Holidays on Saturday, December 19, 2020 beginning at 7:30 p.m. The WSO will perform holiday classics including Joy to the World, The First Noel, Deck the Halls and popular tunes including Christmas Time is Here from the 1965 program “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and Mel Torme’s The Christmas Song, as well as Anderson’s… Read More

Read more

Opening Night Concert to feature photos from the Carnegie Museum of Art

The Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra presents Back to Bach on October 24, 2020 at the Palace Theatre in Greensburg, beginning at 7:30 p.m. The digital concert will be live streamed. The WSO is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Carnegie Museum of Art for a very special performance on Opening Night. As the WSO musicians perform George Walker’s “Lyric… Read More

Read more