MANCHESTER - Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning presents a two-part lecture with Erik Nielsen on Wed nesday, July 30, about Ludwig van Beethoven. The lecture will be held at the Southern Vermont Arts Center's Yester House in Manchester.

Part One is entitled "Why Listening to Beethoven Still Matters" and will take place from 2-3 p.m. Nielsen will explore Bee tho ven, his times and some of the musical approaches he used in creating his masterpieces. He will show through examples why Beetho ven's work remains fresh and inspiring today and why listening to it is still a moving experience.

Part Two follows at 3:15-4:15 p.m. and will look at two of Beethoven's most popular and enduring works - the Piano Concerto #5 (nicknamed The Emperor) and Symphony #7. Both are works from his late-middle period when he was at the height of his popularity. Nielsen will use examples to help listeners explore the works with greater understanding and derive increased enjoyment from the Manchester Music Fes ti val concert happening the following day. Following the lecture on Wednesday, everyone is invited to stop in and listen to the MMF rehearsal in the Arkell Pavilion.

The registration fee is $15 if paid in advance or $20 at the door. For more information and to register, visit greenmtnacademy.org or call Gloria Palmer at (802) 867-0111.


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