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

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: What makes a song beloved or a performer celebrated? Though popularity may arrive during childhood or from a long, heartfelt struggle, what artists pursue is the gift of expression and the right song at the right moment. From the musical poetry of Neil Young to Broadway’s soulful Audra McDonald, from the wild improvisations of Dizzy Gillespie to the sweet blues of Bonnie Raitt, and from the unstoppable force of Jerry Lee Lewis to the future shock of David Bowie, great musical artists create, orchestrate, and sing the moods and the memories of our lives, one song at a time.

LECTURES:
1. The Rock of Ages: Jerry Lee Lewis, Leon Russell
2. The Singers: Marilyn Monroe, Patti Page, Christina Aguilera
3. Sound the Trumpets: Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Chris Botti
4. Behind the Curtain: The Wrecking Crew, Muscle Shoals
5. The Songwriters: Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young
6. In Search of Modern Man: David Bowie, Sting
7. New Stars of Broadway: Audra McDonald, Kristen Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara
8. Guitar Gods & Goddesses: Santana, Bonnie Raitt
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 fourteen CD’s, including the 2014 releases Rod MacDonald: Later That Night and Big Tent with his band, Big Brass Bed, and recently published his first novel, The Open Mike. 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."

Rex Blazer (fiddle) is a founding member of the nationally-known contradance band Lift Ticket, and is a veteran of several seasons as a fiddler at the South Florida Renaissance Festival. He performs regularly with local traditional bands and with Rod MacDonald.

Bill Walach (mandolin) has been performing traditional tunes since the 1960s in New England, and has published a book of Quebec fiddle tunes and recorded a CD of experimental music for mandolin and tuba. He and Rod first played together in 1973 in Connecticut.

F384
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Date: Wednesdays, October 5, 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member advance registration - $100
Door price member/non-member - $130

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