16. July 2009 · Comments Off on It’s Never Too Late · Categories: Links

… to go back to school!

It was starting to get embarrassing: I’d been living in New York City for 20 years and had never been to the symphony.

I considered myself a well educated person, read books and magazines, spent hours at art museums. But for some reason, live classical music intimidated me. Maybe it was the tuxedos and evening gowns worn by the members of the New York Philharmonic, or those mysterious pauses between movements when everyone seemed to know not to applaud.

So last fall I audited a music appreciation course at Hunter College, part of the City University of New York — the first time I had been back to college since I graduated in 1976. I wanted to learn just enough about Western classical music to enjoy an evening at the opera or a chamber music performance. I also wanted to finish what I’d started in my first semester of college when I signed up for — then dropped out of — an introductory music class.

You can read the whole thing if you’d like.

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