First MUsic Mondays event launches at the Cellar Door

Marshall University’s School of Music and Theater launched their new music series, MUsic Mondays, at the Cellar Door, in Huntington, last night.

Participants drank wine and ate meals while enjoying the inaugural lecture on Beethoven featuring a discussion of his 9th Symphony.

The lecture, Beethoven: The Man Who Freed Music, was presented by professor of Music History, Dr. Vicki Stroeher.

The new fall series, titled The Path to the New Music, moves through the 19th and 20th century, investigating the influence of philosophical thought, art and literature and scientific theory on music.

The Path to the New Music got its title from an essay by one of composer, Arnold Schoenberg’s disciples, Stroeher said.

“I’m very excited to be in the community and love seeing so much of the community’s passion for music, I hope that it continues to grow,” Stroeher said. “I hope to bring to them the same love and joy I have for music and that I instill in them that same love and joy.”

Local writer, Sheila Redling, said she had no musical background prior to the lecture and found the event to be fascinating.

“It was very accessible. She made it very exciting and interesting,” Redling said. “I loved it, I’ll be back next month for sure.”

The music series will continue at 6:30 p.m., on Oct. 19, Nov. 16, and Dec. 14 at the Cellar Door, on 905 3rd Avenue.

Lectures cost $10 at the door and all proceeds go to support the music program.

“Maybe, they’ll listen to music a little bit differently, a little less, perhaps, passively,” Stroeher said.

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