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Fox Run Residents Study Beethoven, Brahms and Appalachian Bluegrass

January 3, 2017

NOVI, MI (January 3, 2017) -- Among the dozens of interesting resident-run clubs at Fox Run, one of the most popular is the Music Study group. George Smith and Dan Braude started the club in 2011. The group of like-minded music lovers gets together once a month to explore a different composer, genre, or musical trend.


The members of the group range from talented musicians, including a former concert pianist, to people who don't play a note but simply enjoy music.


George says he falls into the latter category. His mother was an accomplished pianist and violinist, so George grew up with music in the household and developed a love for it early on.


"I am not a musician, but I know a lot about music," George says. "To me, music is one of the proofs that there is a God. A few years ago, it occurred to me, 'Why don't we have a music group here at Fox Run?'"


George decided to fill the void by starting a music study group. The very first program focused on Beethoven's "Symphony No. 6."


Over the years, the group has put on more than a hundred presentations on topics ranging from Broadway music to the works of German composer Johannes Brahms, from Italian music to the music of Appalachia, and from folk songs to opera.


One interesting program explored "unfinished masterpieces," including the notable "Unfinished Symphony" by Austrian composer Franz Schubert.


George has also developed a couple of programs on Russian composer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, George's current favorite musician.


Any Fox Run resident interested in presenting can develop a program for the group. The meetings run at least an hour and begin with an introduction about that day's music. The group then listens to the music. Afterward, they discuss it, and attendees can ask questions of the presenter.


"Bill Wilson did a very interesting one on the music of the concentration camps," George says. "There were very skilled musicians interred there, and they would organize music groups."