FAU Lifelong Learning Society, Jupiter
Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D., and Bill Bowen
 
 

Music Appreciation


Joan Friedenberg, Ph.D., (Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University) is a 30-year professor of education, author, and international consultant and Bill Bowen is a 35-year journalist, including 23 years at the Palm Beach Post. Both overlapped their careers with a penchant for performing music — Joan (keyboard, guitar, harmony arranger/vocalist), a classically trained musician, has played and sung in several bands and choruses in New York, Illinois, and Florida, and Bill (guitar, harmonica, banjo, vocals) has had several stints busking in bars and restaurants from Jupiter to Key West. Their meeting in 2010 was fortuitous, as their performances in various Palm Beach County venues as the harmony-centric PinkSlip Duo led to using their complementary talents as writers and educator to create programs about their musical heroes. Recent ventures include “Woody Guthrie: 100 Years of Song” at the Lake Worth Playhouse in March 2013, written and directed by Joan and Bill, which elicited standing ovations and favorable reviews, “This Land is Your Land: The Life and Song of Woody Guthrie” for FAU-Jupiter LLS, and “John Lennon: Nixon’s Pariah, The Left’s Messiah” for FAU-Jupiter LLS: and Grand Edventures.