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Explore orchestra with Jason

Jason Weinberger will be a guest lecturer when Wartburg College’s Keep on Learning community education series resumes in September. Weinberger, our conductor, Artistic director and CEO, will explore the social history of ensembles in a series called Music through the Ages. His four lectures will trace the evolution of the orchestra against the backdrop of social and political dynamics from the 16th century through the present.

“I wanted to give people a glimpse inside the orchestra and provide a context for the music that isn’t always there when folks go to a concert. People don’t always realize that orchestra selections are tied to the social and political life of the community at that time,” Weinberger said. He hopes the wide-reaching topic will give attendees a “greater appreciation and deeper sense of what is happening on stage” during any symphony performance.

The class meets Thursday mornings, Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24 in the Heritage Room of Saemann Student Center. Coffee will be served at 9 a.m., followed by the class from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Parking is available near Saemann Student Center for those entering campus by Wartburg Boulevard.

Pre-registration is not required. The first class of each session is free; a $30 fee due at the second class covers the rest of the session. Join Jason for what promises to be a fascinating exploration of the history of orchestras!