Legends in Popular Music
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Great musical artists embody their times, blending real roots and achievements with myth, acquiring legendary status as they create new styles of music and tell our story in sublime form. From the orchestral jazz of Paul Whiteman to the symphonic rock of Bruce Springsteen, from the naked soul of Etta James to the tuxedo'ed eloquence of Michael Crawford, from the teen-pop humor of Lieber & Stoller to the decades-long virtuosity of Eric Clapton, their songs and performances inspire us through the years.
This series will examine the work, biographies, and enduring importance of these legendary musical artists and attempt to sort myth from reality, with videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances, and a few surprises.
1. The Grand Tradition: Paul Whiteman, Branford & Wynton Marsalis
2. Birth Of The Blues: Ethel Waters, Dinah Washington, Etta James
3. From Broadway To The Brill Building: Frank Loesser, Lieber & Stoller
4. Love, Marriage & Pop Music: Fleetwood Mac, ABBA
5. They Call It Country: Kenny Rogers, Garth Brooks, Martina McBride
6. Shootout On The Big Stage: Theo Bikel, Patti Lupone, Michael Crawford
7. Still Rockin’: Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen
8. The Next Generation: Liza Minelli, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and has released eleven CDs, including the 2011 releases Songs of Freedom and Dylan Jam + 2 with his group, Big Brass Bed. He performs at festivals, at concerts, and in clubs locally and throughout North America and Europe. He was named Best Local Acoustic Performer in Broward and Palm Beach counties by the New Times and one of the "10 Magnificent Musicians" of Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post. Previous Music Americana courses include The Birth of Rock & Roll, The Great American Songbook, and Mastery Of The Art.
||7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
||Wednesdays, September 25; October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13
||Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
||$68 member / $98 non-member