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Musical Tales

Great Stories Behind Great Music
Mondays, at 10 am, EDT 
January 8 - March 25, 2024
Registration Status: OPEN

Finding the place where a composer uncovers the inspiration to write music often comes from surprising locations. And generally speaking, there is often a story behind every great musical work. Some music goes even further and strives to tell a story through the notes of a musical score. Sit back, relax, and join Joe Marchio on a journey to discover some of the greatest stories ever told in music. 

The Coffee Cantata/Bach


The Ring Cycle/Wagner 

Má vlast/Smetana



Don Quixote/Richard Strauss

Right of Spring/Stravinsky

An American in Paris/Gershwin

Quartet for the End of Time/Messian


Symphony No. 1/Price

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Joe Marchio
Instructor & Guide

Joe Marchio is a graduate of the College of Wooster, where he earned both a Bachelor’s degree in organ performance and a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies. He earned a Master of Divinity degree at the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, and a Master of Music degree in choral conducting at the Boston Conservatory. Joe became Music Director of the Chatham Chorale in 2010. He is also the Pastor and Director of Music of the First Congregational Church of Chatham.

Joan Hill
Owner, Host, & Director

Years ago, it was suggested to Joan that she might offer an art program, and she jumped at the chance of a lifetime. Bringing together all of her life's passions, the development and administration of Artful Journeys is an exhilarating process for Joan.


Joan was born and raised in the apple country of the Hudson River Valley in New York; her father was a gentle, very tolerant, educated land surveyor, and her mother was the efficient business administrator and home engineer. The youngest of four children, Joan was encouraged to pursue anything she wanted, but also to do her best. Sometimes that was very difficult, especially succeeding three very accomplished siblings.


Some of the best stories behind great compositions - and help yourself to listen more interestedly. Joe Marchio will focus on one story a week, for the most part.  Each session will last about one hour, with a 45-minute talk followed by Q&A.


Your armchair in the comfort of your home & a good cuppa...
Your computer, tablet, or mobile device 

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  • Each session will cost $15 or listen to the entire series of 12 for $160

  • PayPal is preferred; however, we do take checks   

  • Upon receipt of payment, you will receive an email with the link to the lecture with instructions on how to login

To register for a session or the series, please click below:

A Zoom link will be provided by email within 24 hours of each meeting.

For details or questions, please click here to contact Joan Hill.
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