|A Woman's Heart: Poetry-into-Play|
|Session||First 6 weeks 30-Jan|
This course looks at a play in poetry covering primarily women's perspective on life, love, loss, juvenile delights, jaded divorce, death, dignity, deliverance. It is peppered with salty dialogue; simmered with sweet memories; swirled together with rhythm, and succulent sounds. We will be discussing what Judith Partelow addresses in her play. The script of A Woman's Heart will be our text and will be provided in the first class.
Coordinator: Rod Owens
Rod retired from teaching high school English in 2014. He dove into the bracing waters of Cape Cod theatre in 2016 and now relishes performing as three men in A Woman's Heart.
|Bel Canto Operas|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 19-Mar|
Bel Canto, beautiful singing, flourished in the early 19th Century in the operas of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini. Characterized by gorgeous melodies and thrilling singing, the bel canto operas featured in this course include such masterpieces as Norma, Lucia di Lammermoor and L'Elisir d'Amore, among others. The class will feature great performances from opera houses around the world.
Coordinator: Steve Piontek
Steve has presented several opera courses for A.L.L., including classes on the operas of Verdi, Mozart, Puccini and Rossini, as well as one on French opera masterworks. He has been a passionate opera lover for decades and takes great pleasure in sharing his enthusiasm.
|Carole King: Voice of Generations|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 23-Mar|
In this course, we will explore Carole King's music, accomplishments and legacy in and beyond the world of music. Carole speaks to generations through decades of songs, honesty, and action (for example, working to preserve the Northern Rockies wilderness). Course participants are invited to read Carole's candid 2012 memoir, Carole King: A Natural Woman, but this is not a requirement for the course. Her memoir inspired the successful Broadway musical, 'Beautiful'.
Coordinator: Nancy Weida
Nancy is a retired university professor and former departement chair. She has taught a variety of courses at A.L.L
|More of the Greatest Movies of All Time|
|Session||12 weeks 29-Jan|
In this course we will discuss the themes and issues that arise from the selection of films. Each participant will be requiired to watch these films prior to class.
Coordinator: Stephen R. Pastore
Stephen, local know-it-all, will either drive you crazy or allow you to join the club. He is the president of the Emile Zola Society (USA) and was the only American named to the Council of Management of the Thomas Hardy Society (UK). He is a published novelist and playwright and has taught at the university level for over 30 years.
|Opera's One-Hit Wonders|
|Session||First 6 weeks 29-Jan|
Some composers wrote only one opera; others wrote more than one but only one has held the stage since it was composed. This course will feature performances with stellar casts of six of these one-hit wonders: Fidelio, Cavalleria Rusticana, La Gioconda, Hansel and Gretel, Mefistofele and Andrea Chenier.
Coordinator: Steve Piontek
Steve has previously presented courses on the operas of Verdi, Mozart, Puccini and Rossini and takes great pleasure in recruiting A.L.L. members into the ranks of opera lovers. He has also been a coordinator for several other A.L.L. courses.
|The Doc is IN|
|Location||Multimedia Center in Wilkens Library|
|Session||9 weeks 23-Feb|
These are not your mother's documentaries. Today's docs inspire, educate, elucidate and entertain. They have become so popular that there are entire film festivals devoted to them, and they are the intellectual darlings of Sundance We screen docs on subjects as diverse as the arts, environment, science and politics and from the whimsical to the sobering. Discussions are lively with opinions encompassing diverse points of view. PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE WILL RUN FOR 9 WEEKS BEGINNING 2/23/2018.
Coordinator: Lili Seely
Lili discovered Fellini and other now-legendary foreign film directors, in her teens and has been in pursuit of excellence in cinema ever since. She has worked for, or volunteered at, many film festivals and art cinemas and is passionate about film as an artistic medium.
|Women in Music: Billie, Bessie, Bonnie and More|
|Session||First 6 weeks 31-Jan|
A general survey of Women in Music from the early 20th Century right up to the present, the course will include singers, songwriters and composers from various genres including (but not limited to) jazz, blues, country and classical. Recordings, video clips and lots of class discussion will be used to augment lecture material.
Coordinator: Gina Poole
Gina is a teacher and musician, and currently the Music Director of the Goldenaires Singing Seniors in Natick. A passion for choral music and education is a driving force in her life. Gina is a singer and also plays piano and guitar. A former schoolteacher, she has also directed church choirs.