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Peggy Herring
Administrative Assistant
English, Rhetoric, & Humanistic Studies

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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. 


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 2007-2008 

(W&L Concerts are in Lenfest Center at 8:00; VMI concerts are in Jackson Memorial Hall at 7:30)


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.

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