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Music Americana:
In Search of Greatness
Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: From sheer talent, pioneering a new direction, or outselling all their rivals, a few artists are widely regarded as foremost practitioners of their art. Their songs are legendary through the years, their styles imitated but never surpassed, and their triumphs and losses are brilliantly conveyed through their music. From the royal swing of the Duke to the soulful blues of Van Morrison; from the quiet warmth of Johnny Mathis to the buoyant pop of Alicia Keys; from the legendary classicism of Segovia and Horowitz to the soaring lyricism of Leonard Cohen, great artists inspire us in our time, and set the standard for future generations of musical performers. This series 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. By Request: Duke Ellington, Eddie Cantor, Jimmy Durante
2. The Giants: Andres Segovia, Vladimir Horowitz
3. Classic Voices: Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis
4. Truth to Power: Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Chapin
5. How Can I Keep From Singing: Barbra Streisand, Carly Simon
6. Into the Mystic: George Harrison, Van Morrison
7. Religion on Broadway: Fiddler On The Roof, Book Of Mormon
8. Poets and Muses: Leonard Cohen, Alicia Keys
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: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Date: Wednesdays, January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14, 21, 28
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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