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Music 101 Program Saturday @ Main Library

Have you ever wanted to read music but have not had training?  Massanutten Regional Main Library is offering this weekend a one-time opportunity in placing you on the fast-track to reading music. 

Music 101 will be presented Saturday, April 19, 1 pm, at the downtown branch.   Dr. Barry Kolman, Music Director and Conductor of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra , Lexington, Virginia, will present the program which is open to participants of all ages. 
Kolman is the award-winning author of The Language of Music Revealed, which teaches readers how to read and write music.  As a result, participants can understand and appreciate music more.  Kolman calls the 300-page work an “un-text” book since it diverges from the typical musical instruction.  He says it is fun to read, conversational, and non-intimidating.  The book is geared toward younger audiences, but it does appeal to all ages and readers, from self-taught musicians who play only by ear, to students taking private lessons, to adults with interest, and even to non-musical types who desire to learn music.

Kolman has been a conductor for some 35 years and leader of the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra for 25 years.    In addition to the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, he has conducted the Madison Symphony Orchestra of Virginia, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra of Minnesota, and guest-conducted numerous orchestras including the St. Petersburg Philharmonic in Russia, the State Orchestra of Azerbaijan in Baku, the Orchestre Royal de Chambre of Belgium, the Orquestra do Norte in Portugal, and many others.  He has performed concerts of tango throughout the world with the young Argentinean singer, Estefania Holman. 

Kolman has also recorded five CDs and recently applied his musical talents to the film score, The Planets, which features images taken by NASA’s Hubble Telescope.  

Kolman professionally believes symphony’s need to cultivate new, younger audience members; therefore, he is committed to making orchestra music  “more approachable and more appreciated.”
“What a wonderful educational yet fun opportunity for the entire family!” says Cheryl Griffith, Community Relations Manager, Massanutten Regional Library.  “Even if you have guests for the holiday weekend, I would bring them along on this musical adventure,” she encourages.

The program is free and open to the public.

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