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Lecture series on great composers

February 15, 2009

Washington County Free Library, in partnership with the Maryland Symphony Orchestra, will present a four-part "Great Composers Lecture Series" beginning Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.

The lectures will be held at the library's main branch at 100 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown. The remaining lectures will be March 25, April 29 and May 27 at 7 p.m. The series is free but reservations are requested. Call 301-739-3250, ext. 136, to reserve a seat.

The series begins Feb. 25 with a lecture on Verdi presented by Andy Rosenfeld, associate professor of music and chair of the Fine Arts Department at Mount St. Mary's University, where he directs the choral program and teaches courses in music history and theory.

Giuseppe Verdi is generally known as the composer of some of opera's most enduring and best-loved works.

What many people don't realize, however, is that Verdi was also an important figure in Italian politics, lending his talent and celebrity to the cause of the Italian unification movement. The lecture will look at some of his most beloved works - particularly Il Trovatore - not only for the sake of their richly beautiful music, but also for the role they played in the formation of a new nation.

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For more information on the Great Composers Lecture Series, go to www.marylandsymphony.org or www.washcolibrary.org on the Web.

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