Previously recorded class.
You will be sent the link to a private playlist of all recorded sessions of this class.
YouTube Recording Only – Recorded Winter 2022 – You will receive a link to a private playlist
Don Dagenais will continue his course on the Music and Lives of the Great Composers for another six class sessions. We will learn about the lives and times of several more of the great composers and listen to lots of their music. The Winter term will focus on four composers in each 2-hour class session (30 minutes each). Among the composers we will cover this term are George Frideric Handel, Joseph Haydn, Frederic Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Edvard Grieg, Modest Mussorgsky, Johann Strauss, Jr., Gustav Mahler, Maurice Ravel, Igor Stravinsky, George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein.
Instructor: Don Dagenais is a longtime classical music and opera aficionado. He has served on the boards of many local music organizations and has been president of most of them, including the Lyric Opera, Summerfest, Kansas City Symphony Alliance, Kansas City Chamber Orchestra and UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance. He is also on the board of an opera training program in Arkansas. He has written several books of history about local music groups, including a recent book celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Lyric Opera. He has served as an unpaid consultant to performing arts groups around the country and was president of Opera Volunteers International. For over ten years he has chaired the Lyric Opera Guild opera travel program. He is semi-retired as a real estate attorney from Lathrop Gage, and lives in Kansas City with his wife Patricia, also a classical music fan. They have two grown daughters and two grandchildren.