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Classical sensibilities explored in weekend musical feast

Catherine Lee of the Historical Performance Ensemble will introduce classical period dances and costumes in one of the Music History sessions sessions. -
Catherine Lee of the Historical Performance Ensemble will introduce classical period dances and costumes in one of the Music History sessions sessions.
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It could be a music weekend to remember — at least in the classical sense.

If an afternoon of insight into the lives, times and music of Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven is the type of thing that gets your pulse racing, you may want to circle the weekend of Nov. 22 on your calendar.

Conversation and hands-on trial-and-error are part of the mix as the Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association hosts its fourth installment of its Music History series, this time focusing on the classical period.

"The workshops, focusing on music composed in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, will feature some big names in the music and dance world: pianist Susan de Burgh, cellist Lawrence Skaggs, singer Ellie Higginson, and historical dance expert Catherine Lee," a press release from CVMTA spokesperson Ann Mendenhall states.

Scheduled sessions include a forum on the vocal and opera music of the Classical period, a piano masterclass, workshops for piano and orchestra and a dance workshop.

"Yes, it is fun to try out the dances popular in the late 18th century, such as the Minuet and the Gavotte, and to see the amazing period costumes up close!" the release reads.

The clinicians will also introduce the film In Search of Haydn and host a panel discussion and demonstration titled What is the Classical Period and Why does it Share its Name so Freely?

The weekend will culminate Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m., with a gala concert given by the clinicians.

Sessions are aimed for ages 11 and up and prices depend on what sessions you elect to attend. More here, or call 250-748-8196 or 250-709-2395.

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