Many great works of art have intriguing backstories and subplots, often riddled with mystery and prophetic timing. This class will examine and outline six great pieces of symphonic music, with recorded examples—one each week for some detailed scrutiny—but also uncover and highlight some of the myths and colorful backgrounds that have surfaced over the years. Our focus pieces will be Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, Brahms Symphony No. 3, Tchaikovsky’s Pathetique Symphony, the Enigma Variations by Elgar, Ravel’s ravishing ballet score Mother Goose, and ending with the Ninth Symphony of Shostakovich, written in 1945 at the conclusion of World War II. Each class member will receive a free ticket to the Olympia Symphony concert on Sunday April 28—which will include the Ravel ballet score surveyed in this class. General Public/Members: $68/$62 For more info or to register, call 360.586.6181 or stop by the Olympia or Lacey Senior Center. Registration starts March 4th.
Huw Edwards is the Music Director and Conductor of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra, currently in his 14th season. He is credited with greatly improving the quality of the Orchestra, picking appealing programs, warmly relating to the audience and being active in the community. He has taught music history and music appreciation classes in many cities and is adjunct professor at SPSCC. Huw received his Bachelors in Music from the University of Surrey (England), earned a Masters at SMU in Dallas, and was a Doctoral candidate at Northwestern University.