New Hampshire

Ages of Musical Greatness: Baroque to 20th-Century America

Gain a deeper understanding of the triumphs of Western culture as you join renowned scholars to learn about the great artists, composers and thinkers who have shaped our world.
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Program No. 16619RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

In a serene setting, examine the finest art, music and architecture beginning in Third Century Rome and continuing to the 20th Century. Explore the fine Art of Michelangelo and Baroque Bach. Then delve into Beethoven’s Portrait of the French Revolution and the following era of 'Romanticism'. Next, explore the 'Ring Cycle' of Richard Wagner and how he pushed music to the breaking point. Our journey will continue as we discover Impressionism through the works the two Claudes, Monet, and Debussy. To conclude examine composers between the wars and genius works snuffed out by the Holocaust. Our final statement is a portrait of America the Beautiful told through nature, art, music, poetry and folk tales. An outstanding instructor— referred to by his students as "the Beethoven of lecturers" — leads you on a whirlwind discovery of some of Western culture’s greatest achievements.
Activity Level
Easy Going
Minimal standing and walking.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discuss the works of Michelangelo, Bach, Beethoven and other composers.
  • Learn about Richard Wagner, Romanticism and composers between the wars.
  • Enjoy an evening of music presented by a professional musician from the Monadnock region along with an opportunity to participate in an evening of local traditional music and dance.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event, and a value-priced single room.
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Gregory S. Athnos
Gregory Athnos is a retired professor of music at North Park University in Chicago, Ill. In addition to being an outstanding musicologist and conductor, Gregory has authored two books, "The Easter Jesus and the Good Friday Church" and "The Art of the Roman Catacombs." He has the unique record of being an instructor for Road Scholar programs for 38 years, and has received the award of "Outstanding Elderhostel Instructor." Greg and his wife, Doy, live in Chicago.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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