The symphony orchestra has been at the center of musical expression in western civilization for over three hundred years. This course gives students an introduction to the world of the modern orchestra, as seen and heard in the music performed live by the San Antonio Symphony. Students will regularly attend the San Antonio Symphony's concerts during the semester. We will prepare for concerts by studying the music, composers, genres, instruments, and historical developments represented on specific concert programs. In addition, throughout the semester a handful of core repertory works such as Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni, Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, and Strauss's Death and Transfiguration will be studied. The course also introduces students to the business of running a modern orchestra through lectures and readings in arts management. (Offered every year).
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