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Music Americana:
The Legacy Of Popular Music
Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Great musical artists turn roots, tradition and inspiration into new songs, speaking to us through wars, social changes and technology growth into a new century. From Harry Warren’s At Last and Lullaby Of Broadway to Elton John’s Your Song and Candle In the Wind, from the Everly Brothers’ plaintive harmonies to the worldly explorations of Yo Yo Ma, from the emotional depth of Nina Simone to the plucky heroines of 21st Century Disney films, music and song cut a trail through the wilderness, deepening our understanding of our time. This lecture series will re-examine the work, biographies and enduring importance of these musical artists, and attempt to sort myth from reality, using updated videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances and a few surprises.
1. Hit Songs From Film -- Harry Warren, Yip Harburg, Henry Mancini
2. To Jazz Or Not To Jazz -- Lena Horne, Nina Simone, Diana Krall
3. Let It Be Love -- Everly Brothers, Carole King
4. Songwriting Singers -- Donovan, Van Morrison, Rod Stewart
5. Behind The Curtain -- Julie Andrews, Marni Nixon, Alison Krause
6. The Art Of Reinvention -- Tony Bennett, Elton John
7. The Cutting Edge -- Pat Metheny, Yo Yo Ma, Lady Gaga
8. Disney's Rebirth  -- The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Frozen
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 thirteen CDs, including the 2013 releases Rod MacDonald: Later That Night and Big Tent with his band, Big Brass Bed.  He performs in festivals, concerts, and 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.

Time: 4:15 pm - 6:00 pm
Date: Wednesdays, January 7, 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11, 18, 25
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member

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