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This is Sinatra! Celebrating the Man, His Music, and Cultural Impact   

What made Frank Sinatra the most popular singer and entertainer of the 20th century is a fascinating study of grit and determination that begs to be told. The many difficulties in his personal and professional life over his six-decade career constantly forced him to reinvent himself multiple times and stay relevant. It has been said that if his career ended in the late 1940s when he was known as The Voice, he would be remembered as a first-class singer, but not as a legend. It was only after his career hit rock bottom in 1952, that he climbed back from near obscurity and found his soul to become the cultural icon known as the Chairman of the Board and Ol’ Blue Eyes.

If you are a Sinatra fan or want to know the backstories on what made Sinatra Sinatra, this multimedia presentation will highlight his incredible singing on records, movies, television, Las Vegas and in concert halls. We will also focus on lesser-known career facts about how he impacted our culture and managed to stay on top of the entertainment world in the 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond.

Click here for a one-minute video intro to the class.