A Note On Opera: Felix Mendelssohn's "Die Erste Walpurgisnacht"

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A Note On Opera: Felix Mendelssohn's "Die Erste Walpurgisnacht"
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Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta says
Join us for our latest lecture in our "A Note on Opera" series as we look at Felix Mendelssohn's "Die erste Walpurgisnacht."

In keeping with the Goethe-Zentrum commemorating its 40 years in Atlanta, in 2016 "A Note on Opera" will include various adaptations of some of Goethe's literary output. The first in this series will be Mendelssohn's setting of "DIe erste Walpurgisnacht" [The First Feast of Saint Walpurga]. Goethe's poem tells of conflict between pagans seeking to continue their religious observance atop the Brocken in Germany's Harz Mountains despite Christian authorities' prohibitions. Goethe intended the text to be set to music, but when the first composer was unable to complete it, Felix Mendelssohn volunteered to do the job himself. Mendelssohn's composition is sometimes viewed as his own personal statement, as a German Jew, of being part of a religious minority. "Die erste Walpurgisnacht" is a choral symphony for orchestra, chorus, and soloists, but lately it has begun to be staged.

Course to be taught in English by David Kerr. No pre-existing knowledge of music required.

Admission:
Advance by one week prior: $10 for members; $20 for non-members,
At the Door: $15 Members, $25 Non-Members,
$55 for 6 for Members, $110 for 6 for Non-Members

Please use the link below to register in advance for this course session and receive a discounted rate.
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