Beginning Monday night, March 18, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra is offering weekly music appreciation classes that are meant to help listeners understand and enjoy JSO concerts more fully. The five-week sequence of classes is titled “What You Can Only Get From an Orchestra!”
The classes will be held on Monday evenings, March 18, 25, April 8, 15, 22, from 7-8:30 p.m. at the JSO’s Performing Arts Center, 215 W. Michigan Ave., downtown Jackson. Anyone who loves music and wants to enjoy concerts even more should attend these classes. The instructor is Dr. Andrew Mead, professor of Music Theory, University of Michigan. He is also a composer, church organist, member of the JSO Board of Directors and resident of Brooklyn.
Mead describes “What You Can Only Get From an Orchestra” this way:
An orchestra is a large, complex organization of specialized players, each extensively trained, who come together to make music. Putting such an ensemble together takes a lot of effort, time and money. These five lectures explore why we persist in taking the trouble to form orchestras, by looking at what they contribute to our pleasure in music.
1: Do you really need all those people?
2: If there are one hundred people on stage, why are only two people playing?
3: Let’s add a soloist!
4: Let’s add a chorus!
5: Guided tours.
There is a fee of $50 per person, including materials, for all five classes. Space is limited. To register, call the JSO office at 517-782-3221, ext. 118 or sign up online at firstname.lastname@example.org.