Music Appreciation Online

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Join the Winspear Centre and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Musicologist, D.T. Baker, and guest instructor, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra’s Assistant Conductor and Community Ambassador, Cosette Justo Valdés, for an engaging and lively series of music appreciation courses. Classes featuring a variety of genres will be offered live online via Zoom.

$99 per course (8 classes)
75-minute sessions (on Zoom)
Class size is limited

Fall Semester Courses:

Strength in Numbers - The Story of the Orchestra, and Those Who Lead It

with D.T. Baker | Starts November 10th

French composer Hector Berlioz dreamed of an orchestra that numbered in the hundreds, and included 30 harps! But he didn’t have to pay for his dream. Orchestras have ever been part of the greatest achievements in western art music, while those who have led them have provided some of the most colourful, creative, and controversial figures during that history. This course follows the trail from small ensembles to the grand collectives of today, with music excerpts all along the way.

Register    10:00 - 11:15 AM | Tuesdays and Thursdays

$99 for 8 classes | 75-minute sessions (via Zoom) | Class size is limited

The Music of Latin America

with Cosette Justo Valdés | Starts October 19th

South and Central America have a rich body of music that has been and continues to be composed. Throughout the course, we will explore great pieces that have not received the same amount of attention as its contemporaries in Europe and North America. We will get to know some exciting pieces, discover some amazing composers, and learn more about composers you already know! Get ready to groove as we go on this journey together, exploring classical music from Latin America from the 18th century to the most relevant popular genres.

2:00 - 3:15 PM | Mondays and Wednesdays

This course has begun! If you missed registering for it, stay tuned for when it might be offered again.

A History of the Broadway Musical

with D.T. Baker | Starts September 29th

The Broadway musical traces its roots to colonial America, and came fully into being in the early 20th century. At its height, it was a part of the cultural fabric – its creators and stars were well-known celebrities, and its scores have given us some of the most treasured songs ever written. Today, its relevance can be called into question, although shows such as Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen have shown there is still plenty of life in the genre. Explore it all in the stories, and so much of the amazing music in this course.

2:00 - 3:15 PM | Tuesdays and Thursdays

This course has begun! If you missed registering for it, stay tuned for when it might be offered again.

Meet the instructors:

D.T. Baker

D.T. Baker is well known to Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Winspear Centre audiences through his program notes, and popular pre- and post-concert presentations, as well as his 10 years as classical music writer for the Edmonton Journal. A 42-year veteran of the music industry, he has worked in many aspects and in nearly all genres of music. Presently Musicologist for the ESO/Winspear Centre, Mr. Baker is also a popular lecturer and instructor on music throughout the community.

Cosette Justo Valdés

Cosette Justo Valdés is the Assistant Conductor and Community Ambassador of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, starting in the 2018-19 season. Born and raised in Cuba, as a daughter of amateur musicians, she’s loved music all of her life, and she began learning piano and music theory from age 8. At 18 she saw a symphony orchestra for the first time and immediately knew she wanted to be a conductor. She took up conducting in 2002 at the National Institute of the Arts of Cuba, in Havana, and after graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Orchestral Conducting, she was appointed Music & Artistic Director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Oriente (OSO) (Santiago, Cuba), Cuba’s second-most important orchestra.