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.
Opera Masterpieces, ILL588 – Hours: 7.5
You will see and hear scenes from famous/familiar operas presented on DVDs. The opera presentations will include La Traviata, Rigoletto, La Boheme, Madama Butterfly, Don Giovanni, The Marriage Of Figaro, Lucia Di Lammermoore, The Valkyrie, and Siegfried. Before presenting each opera scene on DVD, the teacher will provide information about the composer, the setting, and the cast, as well as a synopsis of the opera. Following each video presentation, you will discuss the music, the opera singers singing and acting, costumes, scenery, props, and lighting. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
The History of Opera, ILL565 – Hours: 7.5
Learn the history of opera over a period of more than 400 years, from 1590 to the present time. Subjects covered include an historical presentation of Opera as an art form; opera production including staging, drama, dance, scenery, and costumes; biographies of opera composers; and the evolution of opera styles. In addition, you will view live opera performances captured on DVDs to obtain first-hand knowledge of the visual and audio aspects of operas performed centuries ago, and up to the present time. Following the viewing of each opera, you will be encouraged to participate in exchanging views on various aspects of the opera. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
In lectures and on DVDs you will see and hear Opera Divas, famous/familiar female opera singers.They will be featured in a variety of operatic roles, in various operas and in opera houses throughout the world. The opera presentations will feature such Opera Divas as Renee Fleming, Maria Callas, Joan Sutherland, and others. The operas will include La Traviata, Rigoletto, Aida, and more. Before presenting an Opera Diva singing an aria on a DVD, the teacher will discuss characteristics of the singing voice, vocal technique, the roles performed by the singer and a synopsis of the opera/scene. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.
Piano Conversations: Four Giants of Romantic Music, ILL662 – Hours: 6
Join renowned concert pianist and music lecturer Dr. Rachel Franklin for 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 Mendelson: The Perfect Prodigy; Week 2: Robert Shumann: Music and Madness; Week 3: Fryderick Chopin: A Fragile Revolutionary; Week 4: Franz Liszt: Rock Star of the 19th Century. Tuition waiver applies; seniors pay fee only.