Odyssey: Five great symphonies and not by Beethoven, Haydn, or Mozart

Brahms No. 3, Dvorak No. 7, Franck D Minor, Tchaikovsky No. 5, and Rachmaninov No. 2. What makes them great? All have earned a popular following in the concert hall, but what gives them their special appeal? From playing and listening to these works and studying their scores, orchestral horn player and music lover Douglas Blackstone believes they are remarkable because of their near perfect structure. They are the epitome of sonata-allegro form; their writers have taken what they learned from Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven to a completely satisfying degree.

Each session will be dedicated to listening, following the score, and examining how the composer uses sonata form and different keys to progress within movements, so that the next time you listen, it will be with a fresh and better informed ear!

Mondays, Sept. 22 to Nov. 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m. No class Oct. 13. Cost: $149

JHU full-time faculty /staff members are eligible for 80 percent tuition remission. Spouse/same-sex domestic partners are eligible for 50 percent remission. You cannot register online and receive the discount.

For more information or to register, call 410-516-8516.