In-Person Class: The Elderwise classroom at the Vineyard Church.
Rising 20th Century Composers: Carl Nielsen and Peter Boyer
This class focuses on the exciting and dramatic music of two classical composers at the opposite ends of the 20th century. Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) is widely recognized as the most famous Danish composer, whose works are now increasing in popularity in the United States with classical music stations and in concert halls. We will listen to his beautiful and haunting Third Symphony (1910-11) and several other popular pieces. Peter Boyer is a living American composer (b.1970) who is one of the most frequently performed orchestral composers of the current generation, including works commissioned for the inauguration of President Biden, the 95th birthday of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, as well as the Grammy nominated Ellis Island: The Dream of America. We will listen to his spectacular First Symphony (2012-13) and other short works.
Toby Teorey is the current Vice-Chair of the Elderwise Council. He is retired from the University of Michigan (Computer Science and Engineering) and in retirement, pursues his enduring love of world history, music, and culture.