Timmins-Gentry Music Society 2007-2008
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 6-9. At the Metropolitan Opera, we will hear one of the great works of 20th-century opera, Peter Grimes, by Benjamin Britten. The New York Philharmonic will perform Haydn's Symphony No. 48, “Maria Theresia”; Luciano Berio's "Folk Songs," with soprano Dawn Upshaw; and the Symphony No. 4 by Beethoven.
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.
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 2007-2008
(W&L Concerts are in Lenfest Center at 8:00; VMI concerts are in Jackson Memorial Hall at 7:30)
- VMI: Wednesday, September 12, 2007: Kandinsky Trio will perform the Trio in C Major, Hob. XV: No. 27, by Haydn, the Trio in D Major, Op. 70, No. 1, by Beethoven, and the Trio G Minor, Op. 15, by Smetana.
- W&L: Tuesday, October 9, 2007: Marc-André Hamelin will perform a program of piano music by Haydn, Chopin, and Debussy.
- VMI: Wednesday, November 14, 2007: The Audubon String Quartet will perform the String Quartet No. 1 ("American Dreams") by Peter Schickele, the Italian Serenade in G major by Hugo Wolf, and the String Quartet in C minor (Op. 51, No. 1) by Johannes Brahms.
- VMI: Wednesday, January 30, 2008: The Baltimore Consort will perform "Adew Dundee," a program of early and traditional music of Scotland.
- W&L: Tuesday, February 10, 2008: The King's Singers will perform a variety of vocal music from the Middle Ages to the present.
- VMI: March 12, 2008: The Garth Newel Piano Quartet will perform Mozart's Piano Quartet in G minor (K. 478), Gernot Wolfgang'sMetamorphosis (for piano quartet), and Robert Schumann's Piano Quartet in E flat (Op. 47).
All meetings will be held at 7:45 p.m. in Scott Shipp 201 unless otherwise noted here.
- Monday, Sept. 17, 2007: Organizational meeting
- Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007: Discussion of "The Great Joshua Bell Washington Metro Experiment." For the story, click here.
- Wednesday, November 7, 2007: COL. Bill Badgett gave a preview of the music to be performed by the Audubon String Quartet at the next concert.
- Tuesday, February 5, 2008: COL. Tom Gentry gave a preview of the opera Peter Grimes, which we saw in New York.
- Tuesday, February 26, 2008: Prof. Baragona gave a preview of the symphonic program that we heard in New York.
- Wednesday, April 2, 2008: Dr. Preston Manning, retired surgeon, discussed his interest in classical music.