This edition of Andrea Ratuski’s Musical Cities series takes us to Central Europe.

We’ll explore the music and culture of these great cities through recordings and vivid images, to make you feel like you’re really there.

Join Andrea Ratuski as she journeys to the glittering Czech jewel, Prague, and Hungary’s majestic Budapest. Along the way, we will experience the music of Dvořák, Suk, Smetana, Janáček, Reicha, Liszt, Bartók, Kodály, and many more. We’ll also visit castles, concert halls, churches and coffeehouses to give you a real sense of these splendid cities.


The glittering city of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is home to some of the most exciting music-making in Europe. The best-known Czech classical composer, Antonin Dvořák, built his career in Prague, at first drawing on the folk melodies and rhythms of the people, later premiering magnificent symphonies admired the world over. Bedřich Smetana’s music immortalized the Moldau River, which flows majestically through the city. Even Mozart chose to premiere Don Giovanni in this progressive city.

In this course, we’ll also discuss Bohemian Baroque composers and today’s Prague Spring festival, as well as explore the stunning architecture of Prague’s Old Town Square, the city’s lively artistic life, and famous writers like Kafka.


The handsome city of Budapest, Hungary, divided by the Danube River, boasts a proud tradition of classical and folk music. Béla Bartók travelled the countryside collecting and recording old traditional music of the peasants that was at risk of being lost, then transformed it into his compelling and contemporary musical language. We’ll explore examples of both. Zoltán Kodály often joined him on his excursions and created his own infectious, vivid style.

We’ll also hear some of today’s finest Hungarian performers, such as András Schiff, Ádám  Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, not to mention the traditional Hungarian instrument, the cimbalom. We’ll discuss the music in the context of the city’s rich history and art and we’ll check out the city’s castle, great churches and old world coffeehouses.


Evening Class – CANCELLED


Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00pm

April 11 to May 2 (4 weeks)


1B03, Bryce Hall, UWinnipeg


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  • Instrument:

    Music Appreciation