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Learning to Listen at Classical MPR

Posted at 11:07 AM on February 23, 2011 by Emily Reese (7 Comments)
Filed under: Events

I can't tell you how often I meet someone who wants to learn more about classical music. Usually, this revelation stems from their discovery of where I work; and, more specifically, what I do for where I work.

After meeting a few hundred people (or so) who wish they knew more about classical music, I thought, "Let's teach them."

"Learning to Listen" was born. A series of six free classes over the course of four months, held here at Minnesota Public Radio in the Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser studio, led by hosts of Classical MPR. The first class is Tuesday, March 1st from 7-8:30 p.m.

It's an opportunity to fill in the gaps of your knowledge of classical music. And if you have no knowledge at all, come to the first session, listen, and learn.

Our first session (Tuesday, 3/1) starts at the beginning, or as close as we can come to it. For centuries, not much happened. But then the French started writing secular music and the Germans followed their lead. The musicians for Notre Dame Cathedral started taking more liberties with their sacred works. After a couple hundred years and a handful of historically significant events, the Reformation rocked Europe. Then the Church of England split (for the first time).

All of these events drastically changed the landscape and course of classical music, and as exciting as it is to discuss, it's even more exciting to hear. Come, listen, and learn.

The classes are free, but please register here in advance.


Comments (7)

Count me in for Music 101 - I love that you're doing this, Em!

Posted by alison young | February 23, 2011 12:33 PM


Good idea! And it would be great if you could make these sessions available afterward as podcasts.

Posted by Kris | February 23, 2011 2:00 PM


This is just the sort of thing that makes you think, Why didn't anybody think of this before? Which proves it's a great idea. Thank you!

Posted by Eric | February 24, 2011 9:31 AM


Bummer! Less than 24 hours on the market and sold out! Perhaps the Maud Moon, while acoustically perfect, is not the perfect venue for this.

Posted by Bob C | February 24, 2011 10:41 AM


Please consider additional dates for each session. Being so quickly filled, the public's interest in these types of presentations is obvious.

Posted by Shirley J | February 26, 2011 5:16 PM


Yes - please - please make this avialable as a podcast.

Posted by Naomi | February 28, 2011 5:36 PM


I would love to attend this. Please add more classes.

Posted by marge johnson | March 2, 2011 9:44 AM