Turns out you do know classical music

Sponsored by: The Gaillard Center

Many people find classical music a little too “high society.” They are intimidated by symphony concerts and are unlikely to add Beethoven or Mozart to their iTunes playlist. But why? It’s just music. Every day people appreciate music in a variety of forms so why be scared off by classical music?

One way to combat this fear of classical music is by introducing children to classical greats from an early age. If attending symphony concerts or hearing classical music at home starts young, these children are less likely to grow into adults who shy away from attending a classical music concert.

Second, be open to trying something new. Research supports the fact that trying new things and breaking out of your comfort zone can make you happier. What do you have to lose? The price of a concert ticket and a few hours out of your evening. What if you loved it? What if you found a new art form to thoroughly enjoy? Think of how much pleasure you would add to your life simply because you weren’t intimidated but rather adventurous.

Lastly, many people may find they know more classical tunes than they think. Popular classical pieces have been used in commercials, movies and even cartoons. Many of them are so well-known that we can easily hum along, forgetting these are classical pieces worthy of any symphony orchestra concert at the Gaillard Center.

So the next time you’re balking at the idea of a symphony performance on date night, review this list and discover you know more classical music than you realized.

If you ever watched "The Lone Ranger" or Looney Tunes cartoons, then you know “Overture to William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini.

And what about “Symphony #5” Ludwig van Beethoven? You know you’ve done a “duh-duh-duh-duh” to invoke something menacing.

Dramatic movies have often turned to "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner for musical accompaniment.

The organ music of "Toccata and Fugue" by J.S. Bach, well, no creepy vampire, ghost or mystery scene is complete without.

Been to a wedding lately? Then you’ve most likely heard “Canon in D major” by Johann Pachelbel. It’s often used in place of the wedding march as the bride makes her way down the aisle.