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Rip Jackson discusses the History of Music at Grace Church

Rip Jackson, Minister of Music at Grace Congregational Church, will present a two-part series "The History of Western Music in Performance," at The Gables at East Mountain, in Rutland, Vermont on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 1:30-3 p.m.
Rip will discuss the styles and historical performance practices of the various musical periods and demonstrate with examples played on the harpsichord and piano and through singing. The first Wednesday will focus on the ancient music of Europe from the mystical 8th century Gregorian chant through the mid-18th century magnificent late Baroque works of Bach and Handel. The second Wednesday will feature music from 1750 through the modern era and begin with Mozart and Beethoven's grand works and end with the innovative 20th century composers such as Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Leonard Bernstein. Each lecture will end with a question and answer period.

Rip, an accomplished singer, composer, conductor, director and keyboardist, specializes in baroque repertoire and performance practice. He studied music history, piano, harpsichord and organ at Florida State University, received his master's degree from Emory University and completed doctoral work at Case Western Reserve University. He is currently the director of the Rutland Area Chorus and Orchestra, teaches voice, piano and organ, and directs local Broadway productions.

The lectures are free and open to the public. As space is limited, please contact Randi Cohn at 770.5275 or rcohn@thegablesvt.com to reserve a seat. The Gables, an independent living retirement community, is located at 1 Gables Place, off of Gleason Road, in Rutland.