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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In a serene setting, examine the finest art, music and architecture beginning in Third Century Rome and continuing to the 20th Century. From the Art of the Roman Catacombs and the Search for the Bethlehem Star, explore the Renaissance, Michelangelo, Baroque Bach and Rembrandt before delving into Beethoven’s Portrait of the French Revolution, America and the Brothers’ War and Post-Romantic Mahler. In addition to the new music of Schoenberg and his followers, we will conclude with a portrait of America 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 and Rembrandt, then journey to beautiful Lake Sunapee for a boat ride and visit to the Art Museum at Colby Sawyer College.
  • Learn about art in the Catacombs along with the music of the master composers Bach, Beethoven and Mahler.
  • Enjoy an evening of jazz and storytelling by a professional singer and storyteller along with an opportunity to participate in an evening of local traditional music and dance.
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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.
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Wayne R Miller
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