Peggy Herring
Administrative Assistant
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies

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Timmins-Gentry Music Society 2010-2011

The Timmins-Gentry Music Society is both a social and an educational club that promotes the understanding and appreciation of classical music. It was founded in 1951 and is named in honor of John Timmins, VMI Class of '49, a lover of classical music who died in Korea in 1950, and Professor Emeritus Tom Gentry, VMI Class of '44, who was its faculty adviser and guiding spirit for 47 years. For a description of its general activities, click here

This page contains information on the Society's current activities and events, primarily for its members. It is always under construction and is updated often, so members should check it regularly. To see last year's events and activities, click here.

Details of concert series at Washington & Lee and Garth Newel, as well as concerts at VMI, are posted on this page as they become available. 

The Annual TGMS New York Trip 

This year's trip to New York will take place March 24-27, 2011. At the Metropolitan Opera, we will see Charles Gounod's Romeo et Juliette, conducted by the great tenor, Plácido Domingo, and starring Angela Gheorghiu as Juliette. The New York Philharmonic concert will include works by Haydn, Ligeti, and Bartok (for the program, click here).

While in New York, you are required to see a musical or play and to spend at least one hour in a museum of your choice. For information on what plays are in New York, go to Playbill Online. For information on museums in New York, click here. For a subway map of New York, click here. This map has "mouseovers" that show you which trains go to each stop. Here also is a subway map in PDF format that you can save and print. 

Musical Activities: 

Attendance at all VMI concerts and at least one performance in the W&L Concert Guild series is required of every cadet going to New York. Concert Guild tickets are paid for with Society dues, supplemented by the Timmins Fund. All members are particularly encouraged to attend the VMI concerts, which are free. Other concerts are sometimes listed here as potential TGMS field trips.

Concerts for 2010-2011 

(W&L Concerts are in Lenfest Center at 8:00; VMI concerts are in Jackson Memorial Hall or Gillis Theater of Marshall Hall at 7:45)

W&L: Tuesday, October 5, 2010: Andrew Willis will perform on a restored 1814 Clementi fortepiano 

VMI: Wednesday, October 13, 2010: Victor Asuncion performs an all Chopin Concert

VMI: Wednesday, November 10, 2010: The Dunamis Trio will perform trios by Joaquín TurinaAvi Schönfeld, and Mendelssohn (JM Hall)

W&L: Tuesday, February 8, 2011: The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Chamber Ensemble will perform a program that includes Dvořák’s Sextet in A Major and Mendelssohn’s Octet for Strings.  

VMI: Wednesday, March 2, 2011: Garth Newel Chamber Players, J.M. Hall: The trio will be joined by pianist Misuzu Tanaka to perform a Piano Quartet by Gustav Mahler (first movement, 1876) and Alfred Schnittke (Second Movement, 1988); Gabriel Faure’s Piano Quartet, Op. 15 in C Minor, and the short La Muerte Del Angel by the Argentine tango master Astor Piazolla. 

W&L: Tuesday, March 29, 2011: Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn and students from the Curtis Institute will perform a program that includes Brahms' Sonata for Viola and Piano in F minor and Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio in E-flat, K. 498.

VMI: Wednesday, March 30, 2011:Hesperus Early Music Ensemble, Gillis Theater, Marshall Hall (CLE)


All meetings will be held at 7:45 p.m. in Scott Shipp 201 unless otherwise noted here. 

  • Monday, Sept. 6, 2010: Organizational meeting (DTT in Scott Shipp 201)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010: Met at Washington & Lee, where Dr. Timothy Gaylard of the W&L Music Department introduced us to the restored 1814 Clementi fortepiano, which was played in the Oct. 5 Concert Guild recital.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2010: Guest speaker, pianist Dr. Lynne Mackey of Eastern Mennonite University, discussed and performed contemporary avant garde music.
  • Tuesday, November 16, 2010: CIC Matt Winks discussed and demonstrated the classical guitar.

Next Meeting:  

Wednesday, February 9, 2011: Prof. Rachels will discuss the opera Romeo et Juliette, by Charles Gounod.

Future Meetings: 

Date TBD: Prof. Baragona will discuss the symphonic program that we will hear in New York.

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