Peggy Herring
Administrative Assistant
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies

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Timmins-Gentry Music Society 2009-2010

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 April 8-11. At the Metropolitan Opera, we will see Mozart's romantic fantasy, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflöte), in the production of Judy Taymor. The New York Philharmonic concert will include works by MozartBrahms, and Max Bruch (for the program, click here), featuring virtuouso violinist Joshua Bell.

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 one performance in the W&L Concert Guildseries 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 2009-2010 

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

VMI: Wednesday, September 30, 2009: The Kandinsky Trio will perform Haydn’s Trio in E-flat Minor, Joaquín Turina’s “Circulo,” and Schumann’s Trio in D Minor, Op. 63

W&L: Wednesday, October 7, 2009: The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will perform Rossini's String Sonata No. 3, Johann Sebastian Bach's Double Violin Concerto, and Tchaikovsky's "Serenade for Strings."

VMI: Wednesday, October 28, 2009: The Baltimore Consort will perform "Adió España, Music of the Golden Age of Spain"

VMI: Wednesday, March 10, 2010: The Garth Newel Piano Quartet will perform Mozart's Piano Quartet No. 1 in E-flat Major, K 439, and Dvorak's Piano Quartet No. 2in E-flat Major, Op. 87. 

W&L: Tuesday, March 23, 2010: Concert Guild, Lenfest and Class of '64 present Porgy and Bess.


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

  • Monday, Sept. 14, 2009: Organizational meeting

  • Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009: Alan Baragona gave a preview of the upcoming concert by The Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2009: David Rachels talked about an experiment conducted by Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten and violinist Joshua Bell, whom we will be hearing this year with the New York Philharmonic.

  • Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2010: Alan Baragona gave a preview of Mozart's Die Zauberflöte

  • Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010: David Rachels gave a preview of the New York Philharmonic Concert
  • Tuesday, March 2, 2010: John Brodie gave a preview of Porgy and Bess.


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