Russian Composers

2 Sessions: Mondays, January 24, 31

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sink Building, Room 233

Member Fee: $30, Non-Member Fee: $40


Russia’s Cultural Golden Age (1850-1910) produced great composers. This two-session course will highlight four of the most beloved masters: Mussorgsky (Pictures at an Exhibition), Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade), Tchaikovsky (1812 Overture) and Prokofiev (Dance of the Knights). Each composer’s biography will be studied to understand how the masterworks were composed and how they were influenced by the cultural and social conditions prevailing at the time. We will listen to an introductory lecture and then share the wonderful music. Time will be saved for Q&A.

Ari Landau is an educator and art enthusiast. He taught high school history, including art history classes, for ten years, and for several years enjoyed taking students to famous European museums and conducting his own tours. He completed formal instruction and received his certification as a docent from the Dallas Museum of Art. Ari earned his Bachelor of Science in history/education from the University of Colorado, his Master of Arts in history from the University of Northern Colorado, and his Juris Doctor cum laude at Gonzaga University. He has led hundreds of museum guided tours in European and American museums.