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Music Appreciation & Theory Classes

Welcome to the Music Appreciation and Music Theory class page. Below is a list of Music Appreciation & Theory classes for the Spring 2014 semester.

Click on the dates under each class description to register online 

Music Appreciation 

Recovered Voices: An Examination of Lesser-Known Composers and Masterworks of the Early Twentieth Century
16-Week Course | Thayer Hall | FREE
Led by James Conlon (Music Director of LA Opera) and assisted by Robert Elias (President of The OREL Foundation), this course will examine two generations of composers who were active and, in many cases, very successful and influential in Europe prior to the entrenchment and dominance of the Nazi Party in Germany from 1933 to 1945. The music and lives of these composers--most, though not all of them, Jewish--will be examined in depth. The course will also review the lives and works of composers who lived in exile during those years, some of them here in Los Angeles. It will examine a variety of questions: Who were these composers and why do we know so little of their music? What were the artists’ artistic milieus? Why were these composers and their works suppressed? What happens when art collides with its society? Why were the works of these composers, many of whom having thrived before 1933, not revived after World War II? How do composers express themselves in times of great upheaval and personal duress? What are the challenges in reviving excellent, though relatively unknown, works?

Mondays | January 13 - April 28 | 5:30-7:30pm  

This course is made possible through The Ziering-Conlon Initiative. 


Workshop in Classical Music Presentation
John Steinmetz | 6-Week Course | $235 | Olive 270
Be a part of the artistic process in this exciting new course. Each week students from the Colburn Conservatory will give musically inspired performances for the class followed by a deep discussion about the music, or a related topic.  The workshop atmosphere allow the audience to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the process and growth of each student. 

Mondays | March 31 – May 5 | 5:30-7:00pm 


Six Sacred Choral Masterpieces 
Doug Dutton | 6-week Course | $235 | Grand 242
An introduction and close examination of six monumental masterpieces of choral literature, including works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Britten.

Wednesdays | March 19 – April 23 | 7:30 – 9:00pm 



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Adult Studies
Adult Studies student with tenor saxophone

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