Lifelong Learning Music, Theater, and Film Courses
Lifelong Learning courses are designed primarily for students age 50 and over. Not all listed courses are offered each semester. See schedule of Lifelong Learning classes to find current schedules, location, dates, and costs.
Music: Food For Thought
The Art of Listening: A Fresh Look at Music You Love, LLI-716 – Hours: 8
Did you ever wish you understood great symphonies, Broadway musicals or classic jazz at a deeper level? This course, led by a conductor, will help you to sharpen your critical listening skills, to learn what to listen for, and thereby to enhance your enjoyment of the music you love. Each class session will focus on a different musical genre: Great Symphonies, Choral Masterpieces, Broadway Musicals, and Classic Jazz. Join the class for insightful explanations, timeless mu- sic and engaging discussion. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
An Elegant Sufficiency: Musical Masterpieces from Schubert’s Last Year LLI-893 8 Hours
Benjamin Britten called Schubert’s last year “the most miraculous year in music history.” In his great late works, Schubert reached more often and more extensively for emotion-heightening effects of wildly juxtaposed harmonies and key changes, ever pushing the boundaries. This course will explore the harmony and musical textures of Schubert’s late piano sonatas, chamber works, the Mass No. 6, and his beguiling song cycle Winterreise. Comparisons to contemporaries and Schubert’s mileu will provide context to the examination of Schubert’s masterpieces from 1827-1828.
Journey through Music: “Doo-Wop”, Motown, R&B, and Rock ‘n Roll LLI-859 12 Hours
Join us as we examine how the genre of Pop Music developed from “Doo-Wop” through Motown and R&B to Rock ‘n Roll. This course examines the music of four decades from the 50’s birth of Rock ‘n Roll through the 60’s Teen Idols, the 70’s Philadelphia Sound and “Disco” ending at the 80’sarena-size Rock. Anybody who listens to Pop Music will gain an understanding of how we arrived where we are today…and how the artists of today evolved from and emulate the early pioneers of Rock Radio.
Piano Conversations: Four Giants of Romantic Music, LLI-662 – Hours: 6
This class will engage you in the world of music—live piano performances, listening to recordings, and fascinating discussion on the lives and works of four composer geniuses of the Romantic Period. These four extraordinary composers were born between the years 1809-1811. This course takes a unique look not only at their works, but also at the fascinating way in which their paths intertwined, both socially and artistically. Composing, conducting, performing, writing and editing-all four created some of the greatest music in our concert halls today. Week 1: Felix Mendelssohn: The Perfect Prodigy; Week 2: Robert Schumann: Music and Madness; Week 3: Fryderyk Chopin: A Fragile Revolutionary; Week 4: Franz Liszt: Rock Star of the 19th Century. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Sondheim Songbook LLI-870 2 Hours
He almost turned it down, but mentor Oscar Hammerstein II convinced the young Stephen Sondheim to accept an invitation to collaborate with the team of West Side Story: Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins, and Arthur Laurents. After which, Sondheim’s musicals, such as Sweeney Todd and A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, have captivated Broadway audiences. In 2014, with the success of Into the Woods, Sondheim is again prominent in American pop culture. Learn about the influences and creative process of this American musical genius, Stephen Sondheim.
The Beatles LLI-924 4 Hours
Learn how the Beatles changed the world! The instructor will share personal experiences and photos of his travels to England. Hear what it was like playing Paul McCartney’s piano in Liverpool; touring the Casbah Coffee Club with Rory Best; and visiting Eleanor Rigby and Father McKenzie’s graves. In addition, the instructor will reflect on his visits to Abbey Road Studios in London, and Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields in Liverpool. View film clips, listen to Beatles’ songs, and experience piano demonstrations of what made their music stand out.