The Columbia Orchestra Bill Scanlan Murphy giving a Prelude lecture presents a series of "Preludes," a discussion series held before each Classical Concert. This enlightening, entertaining series allows you to experience the stories and ideas behind the concert's selections in an interesting, informal setting. Each free session runs from 6:30-7:10.

Concertgoers everywhere agree that the more you know about the music you are hearing, the more you enjoy it. Our “Preludes” series is designed to offer you that knowledge in a way that is easy and fun. We hope that you will enhance your concert experience by joining us for each Prelude!

About Bill Scanlan Murphy

Bill Scanlan Murphy was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1954 and holds an MA degree from the University of Oxford. A professionally complex life has included hosting radio shows (rock, classical, and documentary) for the BBC, writing music for television dramas and working with diverse performers ranging from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra to the Beach Boys and Charles Manson. “Cease To Exist,” a radio documentary on the musical life of Manson, remains the most-listened-to documentary in the history of the BBC Radio One network.

A parallel career as a naval historian has resulted in a book on early submariners and numerous articles and radio features, including one on how many composers have been naval officers. Bill Scanlan Murphy currently teaches at Howard Community College and is Director of Music at Lovely Lane United Methodist Church in Baltimore.

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