Odyssey: It's Romantic, Isn't It?

Lectures and performance by the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra

Berlioz's autobiographical Symphonie Fantastique provides a fascinating window into the bizarre world of early 19th-century European music. The late 18th century established a fabulous set of rules and procedures that everyone seemed happy with, and composers wrote in this cosmopolitan Austro/German classical style. It was a grand old time until the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars brought about the rise of a pesky middle class that demanded much more. All of this social unrest was the beginning of what we now call Romanticism. Composers didn't want to write to forms and structures; they wanted to express their feelings! No one expressed his feelings more intensely than Hector Berlioz. Come and explore the lives and music of Berlioz and his contemporaries—not for the timid!

912.580.01 Homewood campus
Lectures: Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 23, 6:45 to 8:15 p.m.
HSO performance: Saturday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall
Cost: $63 (3 hours plus performance)

JHU full-time faculty/staff are eligible for 80% tuition remission; spouse for 50%. You will be unable to register online and receive the discount. Please contact 410-516-8516 for more details.