‘Classical Music Is for You!’


Join the West Tisbury library for year two of “Classical Music Is for You!” According to a press release, starting Thursday, Jan. 9, at 10:30 am, David Rhoderick will offer a weekly beginner series devoted to the appreciation of classical music — no previous knowledge is required, just a desire to listen and learn. Explore classical music in a “paddling pool,” where we explain ideas and terms in plain English, with plenty of listening. This series is presented by the Martha’s Vineyard Chamber Music Society and the West Tisbury library. Free and open to the public.

With today’s smartphones, computers, high-speed Internet and the increasing proliferation of low-cost or free streaming services, it’s never been easier (or less expensive) to access and listen to top-quality classical music. If you are drawn to particular melodies or orchestral pieces and want to listen and learn more — but are put off by the apparent difficulty of finding and taking the next step — this brand-new series of classical music appreciation classes is just for you.

These classes will include expert guest speakers, recorded music, videos, live music demonstrations and performances, interactive content and discussion, and much more. Some topics that will be covered are music genres and styles, instruments and groups, composers, works, history, what to listen for in live performances, and basics of musical notation.

Classes will meet winter Thursdays from 10:30 to 11:45 am, starting Jan. 9.

David Rhoderick is a pianist and organist. He was previously the director of music at the

West Tisbury Congregational Church and president of the Martha’s Vineyard

Chamber Music Society. He is a fellow of the Royal Schools of Music, and holds a postgraduate diploma in music from the Open University. For questions and suggestions, please contact David at ClassicalMusicIsForYou@gmail.com.

For more information about this event, please call the library at 508-693-3366 or email ogately@clamsnet.org.