|Carole King: Voice of Generations|
|Session||Second 6 weeks 22-Mar|
We will explore the music of Carole King and her accomplishments and legacy in and beyond the world of music. Her joy and gratitude speak to generations through decades of songwriting, performing, and environmental activism. Students are invited to read her 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 enjoys creating and offering a variety of A.L.L. courses. In her decades as a multidisciplinary college professor (mathematics, business, women's studies), Nancy shared her love of books, music, sports, and history with her students.
|Great Musicians Give Master Classes|
|Session||12 weeks 30-Jan|
If you think you know your favorite pieces of classical music pretty well, here is a course that will make you think all over again. Youtube has a fantastic collection of master-class videos in which some of the worlds most celebrated musicians share their secrets with aspiring students. The professors include famous pianists, violinists, singers and conductors; the students are already excellent but understandably nervous; and the classes are rich in insight, fun, tension, wonderful music making and occasional heartbreak.
Coordinator: John Temple
John is a semi-retired business writer, lifelong listener, former classical concert reviewer for the Boston Globe and Providence Journal, Sturgis Library trustee, and occasional presenter on historical topics. Last fall he led a 12-week A.L.L. course on Mozart's piano concertos.
|How To Read a Movie Visually|
|Session||12 weeks 28-Jan|
A movie has a basic structure through which the screenwriter/director keeps an audience enthralled. Its successful construction guarantees the audience's participation in the film. This course will examine this structure by viewing and discussing films from different periods of filmmaking, enabling the student to understand (read) the successful execution or failure of a film's story line and thus augmenting the enjoyment of the movie-watching experience. This is the same course as last semester, except that we will watch 4 different films.
Coordinator: Joseph Gonzalez
Joseph is a native Cuban, raised and educated in the United States. He was a bilingual script supervisor in movies, commercials, music videos and television as well as a screenwriter of short and feature films. He studied film at the New School for Social Research in New York City and worked for twelve years as an editor/writer for several national magazines.
|Session||First 6 weeks 29-Jan|
The small island nation of Cuba has had a huge impact on music around the world. Class time will be spent listening to and discussing the musical styles which developed in Cuba, including Danzon, Rumba, Son, Conga, Bolero, Mambo and Timba. We will also look at music which developed in other countries, based on Cuban forms, such as Afro-Cuban Jazz and Salsa.
Coordinator: Greg Polanik and Corina Iukovici
A semi professional musician by night, Greg has over 50 years of performing experience and has studied music theory and Jazz history. He traveled to Havana twice to research Cuban music. Corina shares Greg's love of Cuban music and Havana. She is doing research and working on the computer presentation for the class. Corina coordinated, with Greg, an A.L.L. Jazz Fundamentals course in 2015.
|The Beatles: A Magical Musical Tour|
|Session||12 weeks 28-Jan|
The course will offer a historical and critical analysis of the monumental contributions of The Beatles not only to music but to Western culture as well. Almost every one of their albums broke new ground and they demonstrated that pop/rock music was capable of incorporating numerous musical styles, harmonies, and song forms. Virtually all innovations in pop/rock music from the mid-sixties to the present owe a debt to one (or more) of The Beatles' albums. We will trace the development of The Beatles from their beginnings through their solo careers, looking at them both from a musical and a sociological perspective
Coordinator: Lew Taylor
Lew is a retired public librarian and has both a BA and MA in American History. Lew has taught many courses at A.L.L. and is the owner of I Cannot Live Without Books in West Dennis.
|The Doc is IN|
|Location||Multimedia Center in Wilkens Library|
|Session||First 6 weeks 1-Feb|
PLEASE NOTE: This course will count as a six-week class, but it will meet for eight weeks from 2/1 to 3/9. 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.
Coordinator: Lili Seely
Lili discovered Fellini and other 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.
|The Great American Songbook|
|Session||First 6 weeks 31-Jan|
This course is a general survey of that classic era of American popular music from the 1920s to the 1950s which is commonly referred to as The Great American Songbook. We will explore the songs, songwriters, lyricists and composers, including Arlen, Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter and Rodgers. Recordings, video clips and class discussion will be used to augment lecture material.
Coordinator: Gina Poole
Gina is a teacher, musician and lifelong learner who has just completed her first year coordinating classes at A.L.L.
|Understanding and Loving the World's Great Music Part II|
|Session||12 weeks 29-Jan|
This 12 week course is a survey of Western classical music from Beethoven to the present that will place the music in its historical and sociological context. We will present brief biographies of the composers, and give musical examples to demonstrate the changing styles of composition and open the door to a body of work to which the class members may never have been exposed. Opera and its notable performers will be reviewed. At least one lecture will be devoted to women composers.
Coordinator: David Quinn
David's love of classical music started at about age 5 and was nurtured by piano lessons at the Faelten Piano School in Boston followed by self education ever since. He has taught at high school and college levels. Selections from his extensive collection of recordings will be used as examples in class.