Encore class highlights classical music

San Juan College Community Learning Center
Under director Thomas Heuser, the San Juan Symphony will perform concerts this fall that feature the works by Mozart, Dvorak, Stravinksy and Brahms.

Classical music opportunities are often well attended by an older audience, and the Encore program at San Juan College has designed a class to enhance those experience. The class is entitled "Listening Beyond the Music: Appreciating the San Juan Symphony." The class is designed for adults 50 and older but is open to anyone 18 and older looking to enrich their classical music experiences.

Music has been used to convey emotions and connect humanity for centuries, and the San Juan Symphony has a fall program full of emotion. Under the new leadership of Music Director Thomas Heuser, the San Juan Symphony’s fall concerts include works by Mozart, Dvorak, Stravinksy and Brahms.

"I am delighted to have the students of this course join the San Juan Symphony audience," Heuser said. "We hope to make them connoisseurs of classical music! The combination of classroom conversation with pre-concert lectures and performances should provide a strong foundation of historical perspective and descriptive musical vocabulary. Ultimately, I hope to make everyone's reactions to music more vivid and informed, and for music in our daily lives to take on new dimensions of detail and value."

The San Juan Symphony performs with Caliente Choir and the Durango Choral Society in 2011 at the Henderson Fine Arts Center in Farmington.

Students will rediscover old musical favorites, such as the overture to "The Marriage of Figaro" and Brahms' "German Requiem," and deepen their understanding with cultural information and pre-concert symphony talks. For more information on the San Juan Symphony’s "Resounding" fall schedule, visit sanjuansymphony.org.

In addition to guest lectures by Heuser, the classroom experience will be shaped by two experienced local music educators. Christopher Argotsinger is the band director at Farmington High School. He has a bachelor's degree in music education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colo., and a master's degree in band conducting from Sam Houston State University's American Band College, in Huntsville, Texas. Laura Argotsinger is the choir director at Farmington High School. She received bachelor's degree in music education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., after completing her bachelor's degree in fine arts from the University of Northern Colorado.

"We aim to help people listen to different elements in music that they've not heard before to maximize their listening enjoyment," said Laura Argotsinger.

For more information on "Listening Beyond the Music" and other fall Encore classes, visit sanjuancollege.edu/Encore or call San Juan College’s Community Learning Center at 505-566-3214.