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History, Politics, and Culture Converge in GCU Music Course

Garden State Maestro Anthony LaGruth Leads “Music of the 20th Century”

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 8, 2010—What do history, culture, politics, and personality have to do with music that endures? Everything, according to Maestro Anthony LaGruth, the lecturer leading “Listening to the Music of the 20th Century” this fall at Georgian Court University.

“The labyrinth of music created in the last century is worth of our voyage,” says Maestro LaGruth, artistic director and acting director of the Garden State Philharmonic. Participants in the class will explore why composers sought out certain sounds and textures in their music.

“Listening to the Music of the 20th Century” is one of 11 courses offered this fall through the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning, GCU’s specialty curriculum for participants ages 50 and over who enjoy college-level courses. MILL classes, which run five to seven weeks, focus on thought-provoking topics and are taught by experienced professors and lecturers who are leaders in their fields.

The new course marks the second time Maestro LaGruth has developed a class especially for adult learners in the MILL program. In “Listening to Music of the 20th Century,” students will study the impact of maverick musical personalities whose work “created the soundtrack of modernism, war, jazz, mass culture, the 1960s and politics,” says Maestro LaGruth. The five-session course, which will cover everything from the influence of Mozart to the role of minimalism in pop and rock, runs September 22 through October 20, and meets Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus.

Registration for Maestro LaGruth’s class is $140 per person, and enrollment is open only to paid MILL members. An annual $25 fee allows participants to become members of the McAuley Institute, which offers enriching and challenging classes without the hassles of homework, tests, or course credits. MILL members also attend two social networking events and invitation-only activities with headline guests who appear at GCU throughout the year.

Join the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Registration forms are also available at, and full course descriptions for MILL classes are in the latest edition of Mosaic, GCU’s publication of McAuley Community Center programs and events.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.


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