Z Online Class: A Zoom invitation link will be sent one day before class begins.
Aaron Copland (1900-1990) and Amy Beach (1867-1944), both born and raised in America, are considered to be among the greatest American composers, and measure up to the very best in the world for the modern and romantic eras, respectively. Scott Yoo’s “Great Performances – Now Hear This” music-filled documentaries titled Aaron Copland: Dean of American Music, and Amy Beach: American Romantic, were just completed for the PBS 2021-2022 season. The videos feature excerpts from each composer’s most famous works, including Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Piano Variations, Our Town, and Fanfare for the Common Man; and Beach’s Gaelic Symphony, Hermit Thrush at Morn, and Romance for Violin and Piano, among others. Mr. Yoo discusses the evolution of each composer, to find the right blend of the American experience and European-style classical pieces.
Toby Teorey is the current Vice-Chair of the Elderwise Council. He is retired from the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and in retirement pursues his enduring love of classical music and world culture.
Instructor(s): Toby Teorey
Dates: 11/10/2022 - 11/10/2022
Times: 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Building: Online Course
Room: Online Classroom via Zoom
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C In-Person Class: This class will be taught in person, in the classroom at the Red Cross building.
Enrollment: The American Red Cross pandemic protocols may limit the enrollment for this class.
Registrants will be informed in advance, and a waitlist will be available.
Phil Spector (1939-2021), whom Tom Wolfe termed “The First Tycoon of Teen,” composed and produced “little symphonies for the kids” from the late 1950s into the 1960s and beyond. After a traumatic childhood, a teenage Spector entered the pop music world. He launched his own record firm at the age of 21, and peaked with African-American girl groups – the Crystals, Darlene Love, the Ronettes – and his distinctive “wall of sound.” Later, Spector worked with Ike and Tina Turner, the Beatles, and others. However, his deeply disturbed behavior gradually worsened. He shot an actress in his Los Angeles mansion, and later died in prison. In this class we will hear samples of Spector’s wonderful music as presenter Mike Homel traces Spector’s tragic life from beginning to end.
Michael Homel is Professor Emeritus of History at Eastern Michigan University. He specializes in 20th century American history and American urban history. He is the author of Unlocking City Hall: Exploring the History of Local Government and Politics, and other publications on urban politics and education.
Instructor(s): Michael Homel
Dates: 9/29/2022 - 9/29/2022
Times: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Building: Red Cross Building
Room: A & B