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Music Americana:
Pioneers Of Popular Music
Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the LLS 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Great musical artists often achieve popularity by seeking a true expression of their ideas and breaking new ground in composing, recording, and creating historic performances of their music. From Stan Kenton’s big bands to the Allman Brothers’ brilliant improvisations; from Jo Stafford’s chart-toppers to Madonna’s legendary tours; from the Four Seasons’ pop harmonies to Stephen Schwartz’s sophisticated scores for Pippin, Wicked and The Prince of Egypt; and from the pioneering guitar of Chuck Berry to the mind-blowing wizardry of Tommy Immanuel, great musical artists expand our music and world with their songs and creativity. This course will examine the work, biographies and enduring importance of these musical artists, and attempt to sort myth from reality, using updated videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances and a few surprises.

1. The Art of Jazz: Stan Kenton, Modern Jazz Quartet
2. The Voices: Jo Stafford, Shirley Jones, Anne Murray
3. The Vocal Art: Lambert Hendricks & Ross, Four Seasons, Jersey Boys
4. Guitar Gods: Chuck Berry, Jeff Beck
5. The Art of Rock Singing: Cher, Joe Cocker, Madonna
6. To Jam or Not to Jam: The Allman Brothers, Steely Dan
7. The New Broadway Musical: Stephen Schwartz, Kinky Boots
8. The New Golden Age: Paul Winter, Carlos Nakai, Enya, Tommy Immanuel
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 14 CDs, 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."

Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Date: Wednesdays, October 4, 11, 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15, 29
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $100
Non-member - $130
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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