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Ralph Vaughan Williams at 150   

This class will be presented both in-person at the Vineyard Church and online via Zoom.


Come join us to celebrate the 150th birthday of the great English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams with a survey of his life and music. Known for his amazing output of symphonies, concertos, and choral music, Vaughan Williams was a pioneer in documenting English folk music, an editor of the Anglican hymnal, and an avid supporter of local choral ensembles. In this class we will survey Vaughan Williams’ distinguished career and discuss his innovative and powerful music. We will hear generous examples of his compositions including the Serenade to Music, the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, and excerpts from symphonies and concertos.  


Henry Aldridge is a Professor Emeritus of Electronic Media and Film Studies at Eastern Michigan University. He has presented Elderwise lectures for many years. Dr. Aldridge is an amateur musician and regularly plays the Barton pipe organ at the Michigan Theater. He holds degrees from the University of North Carolina and the University of Michigan and is a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee.


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