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Music Americana:
A Century In Song
Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Brilliant musical artists, drawing from classic inspiration, primitive sources, and their imaginations, create the popular and profound sounds and songs of our time. What endures? From the new American lyricism of Rodgers & Hart to the "Girl From Ipanema" of Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, from the swingin' harmonies of the Boswell sisters to the experimental jazz of Dave Brubeck, from the patriotic Aaron Copeland to the worldly Leonard Cohen, great artists transcend categories and popularity. Their music endures through the years. This lecture series will examine the early and recent work, biographies and enduring importance of these legendary musical artists, with new videos and films, live performances and a few surprises.
1. The New Century: Gilbert & Sullivan, Rodgers & Hart
2. American Classics: George Gershwin, Aaron Copeland
3. The Voices: Boswell Sisters, Anita O'Day, Roberta Flack
4. The Liberation Of Soul: Ray Charles, Righteous Brothers
5. Leonard Bernstein Presents: Liberace, Glenn Gould, Dave Brubeck
6. For The Ages: Barbra Streisand, Eva Cassidy
7. Passing The Torch: Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie
8. Another World: Antonio Carlos Jobim, Leonard Cohen
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.

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Date: Wednesdays, January 8, 15, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 19, 26
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $68 member / $98 non-member

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