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Maestro Anthony Lagruth Leads GCU Course on Music, Culture of Vienna

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 25, 2010—Garden State Philharmonic Artistic Director and Conductor Anthony LaGruth is leading classical music lovers on a cultural excursion during “Musical Vienna: The City of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Beyond.”

The course, which began March 24 and runs through April 28, meets Wednesdays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Sambol Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus. It is one of several classes offered through GCU’s McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning, a program tailored for participants ages 50 and over who enjoy college-level learning.

The course explores the lives of some of the world’s greatest composers, and gives context to the culture and that shaped their careers. Participants also will discuss how Vienna became musical capital of the world and its influence on citizen composers.

While “Musical Vienna” marks the first time GCU has partnered with the maestro, the campus community is no stranger to his achievements.

Maestro LaGruth, who works with a range of outreach programs and music education projects, has been with the Garden State Philharmonic for nearly a decade, and has drawn critical acclaim for his performances in the United States and abroad. He has worked alongside contemporary composers like Hans Werner Henze, John Corigliano, and Pulitzer Prize winner Karel Husa. He also has collaborated with soloists like Philip Smith, Devy Ehrly, Christopher Collins Lee, and Neil Sedaka.

“Musical Vienna” is one of several classes offered this spring through the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning. Since its launch in the fall of 2009, McAuley members have enrolled in the classes which they say are academically challenging and offer chances for them to broaden their insight on specific topics. The courses, which cover history, culture, the arts, wellness and literature, often challenge preconceived ideas and help members establish new friendships.

An annual membership fee of $25 opens the door to thought-provoking topics taught by experienced professors year round. Institute members take classes on GCU’s historic Lakewood campus, enjoy select meet-and-greet events with headline speakers and entertainers appearing at GCU, and attend two social networking events, among other benefits. They also weigh in on future McAuley courses.

To register for the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning and any of its classes, contact GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or More information is available at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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