Brilliant musical artists, drawing from classic and primitive sources and their imaginations, create the popular and profound sounds and songs of our time. What endures?
From the new American lyricism of Rogers & 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 singing through the years.
This course 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.
The New Century — Gilbert & Sullivan, Rogers & Hart
American Classics — George Gershwin, Aaron Copeland
The Voices — Boswell Sisters, Anita O’Day, Roberta Flack
The Liberation of Soul — Ray Charles, Righteous Brothers
Leonard Bernstein Presents — Liberace, Glenn Gould, Dave Brubeck
For the Ages — Barbra Streisand, Eva Cassidy
Passing the Torch — Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Arlo Guthrie
Another World — Antonio Carlos Jobim, Leonard Cohen