Music appreciation at the Capitol Theatre

If music transcends language, then there should be no need to speak at author Lorraine Kneier’s music appreciation workshop

If music transcends language, then there should be no need to speak at author Lorraine Kneier’s music appreciation workshop at the Nelson Capitol Theatre. But for many of us, language can help to enhance our understanding of music, so that we can listen a little better.

This free workshop, made possible through the support of the Capitol Theatre, connects us with the language of music on Tuesday, October 15 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.

Based on Kneier’s 2008 book Music: A Window to the Soul – Experiencing Classical Music through Informed Listening, the workshop promises to enhance the listening experience for our ears and hearts.

The event is well placed: those who plan to attend the opening concert of Symphony of the Kootenays at the Capitol Theatre October 19  at 7:30 p.m. will have ears attuned and ready for more.

Kneier brings with her a lifelong interest in music and experience as a music teacher, educational administrator of music and fine arts programs, choir director, workshop leader, adjudicator, and entertainment coordinator for major fundraising events.

She hopes that the works she has chosen for appreciation will find resonance among workshop participants regardless of musical tastes or experience.

“It is the soulful quality of the great masters that transcends generations and cultures,” she says.

Participants will be guided through the second movement of Albinoni’s Oboe Concerto Op. 9 No. 2 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4,  and  Smetana’s Maldau.

The presentation will include information about the lives of the composers and discussion of the elements of each piece, offering opportunity for a unique musical encounter.

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