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F16B3 Music in Eden: A Survey of Cuban Music

There is a legend that when God created the world, it included a beautiful island (i.e., Cuba) surrounded by warm clear waters, populated by beautiful people, and filled with music everywhere. My experiences in Cuba have led me to believe that at least the last part -- music everywhere -- is true. This course will trace the history of music in Cuba: its roots, its practices, and its musicians. With the assistance of Youtube videos, recordings, film, and a visiting Cuban musician friend, classes will involve listening and watching and participating in interactive discussions. If the stars align properly, learning a Cuban dance or two might happen as well, since music and dance are closely linked in Cuban traditions.

Instructor: Ken Nafziger is professor of music at Eastern Mennonite University and artistic director and conductor of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. He was named winner of the prestigious 2015 Circle of Excellence in the Arts Award. He has made numerous trips to Cuba, become friends of many Cuban musicians, conducted several of Cuba's top orchestras and choirs, taken choirs to Cuba, and hosted a Cuban choir in Harrisonburg. Nafziger's undergraduate degree in music is from Goshen (Indiana) College, and his DMA is from the University of Oregon. In addition, he spent a post-doctoral year in Germany, where he studied conducting with the noted Bach scholar, Helmuth Rilling.


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Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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