|The Beatles: A Magical Musical Tour|
|Location||Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth|
|Session||12 weeks 9/11|
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 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||8 weeks 10/12 - 12/7|
PLEASE NOTE: This course will count as a six-week class, but it will meet for eight weeks from 10/12 to 12/7. 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 Operatic Masterworks of Richard Strauss|
|Session||First 6 weeks 9/10|
The operas of Richard Strauss, mainstays of opera houses the world over, are a feast of gorgeous music and intriguing stories. This course will showcase, among others, Der Rosenkavalier, Salome and Ariadne auf Naxos. Great performances from houses around the world will be featured.
Coordinator: Steve Piontek
Some of the courses Steve has previously presented have featured the operas of Mozart, Verdi, Puccini and Rossini, among others. passionate opera lover for decades, he takes great pleasure in sharing his enthusiasm.
|Understanding and Loving the World's Great Music|
|Session||12 weeks 9/14|
This course is a survey of Western classical music from ancient times through the career of Mozart. The music will be placed in its historical and sociological context. A synopsis of the elements of harmony and brief biographies of the composers will be offerred. Musical examples will demonstrate the changing styles of composition and open the door to a body of work to which class members may never have been exposed.
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.
|Women in Music: Billie, Bessie, Bonnie and More|
|Session||First 6 weeks 9/13|
A general survey of Women in Music from the early 20th Century right up to the present, this course will include singers, songwriters and composers from various genres including (but not limited to) jazz, blues, country and classical. Recordings, video clips, live music 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 music education is a driving force in her life. Gina is a singer and also plays piano and guitar.