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LIVE MUSICAL CONCERTS ... FROM THE PIANO
ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING SONGS - Joy shares songs that have received the Oscar for Best Original Song written specifically for a film, as well as the stories behind their composers and creation and the awards themselves. Since 1934, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members who are songwriters and composers have annually nominated the finest songs of the year written for film, and the Academy as a whole has selected the winning composer and lyricist as well as song. Oscar-winning songs include The Continental, Lullaby of Broadway, The Way You Look Tonight, Thanks for the Memory, Over the Rainbow, When You Wish Upon a Star, The Last Time I Saw Paris, You'll Never Know, Swinging on a Star, It Might As Well Be Spring, Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, and many more. And just for fun, Joy will share a medley of nominated songs that did NOT win the Oscar, among them: I've Got You Under My Skin, Pennies From Heaven, That Old Feeling, They Can't Take That Away From Me, Wishing, How About You?, I'll Walk Alone, It's Magic, My Foolish Heart, That's Amore, The Man That Got Away, True Love, Unchained Melody and more! Concert up to 3 hours
A NEW YEAR, A NEW DECADE, A NEW SONG: Favorite Moments and Music from New Decades Past - As we end or begin a year, we look back at the melodies that began every new decade over the previous century. At the piano, Joy presents memorable stories, news events, and melodies. From 1910 to 2010, you will be amazed how much you remember and how much you didn't know. Through 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940, 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2000, and 2010, you'll experience a time trip of memories through the discoveries, inventions, personalities, and events that began each new decade, as well as many of the most notable songs, writers, and performers of those years. So many favorite melodies that bring so many special memories! It will be as if you are looking through the yearbook of your entire life. Concert up to 3 hours
A SERVING OF IRVING! The Remarkable Irving Berlin At the piano, Joy brings songs and stories of the legendary Irving Berlin to life. From teaching himself to play piano in the backroom of a saloon to one of the world's most respected, prolific, and distinctive songwriters, Irving Berlin was a pivotal figure among creators of American stage and screen musicals. This man who never learned to read music left a vast catalog of exquisitely crafted and beloved popular songs that have come to define the American musical tradition. He was to many an enigma: an immigrant whose music came to define America. A Jew who wrote the most popular Christmas and Easter songs of the 20th century. A small, quiet man whose music and productions were sung, danced, heard and seen on stages around the world. Re-experience the unforgettable music and the fascinating life of one of America's great treasures, Irving Berlin. Concert up to 3 hours
AN AMERICAN SONG BOOK Take a musical trip through time through songs and stories of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and film from many of America's most endearing composers and productions. One hour, 1.5 hour or 2 hour concert.
BOUNTY AND BLESSING: A THANKSGIVING LEGACY IN SONG - Across the world during harvest seasons, people of all cultures come together to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, for family love, home, and heritage. In this inspiring cconcert program at the grand piano, Joy explores universal messages of Thanksgiving from harvest and reaping songs and hymns from around the world. For fruitful crops and yields, peoples of all cultures expressed thanks and gave sacrifice. For the bounties of the New World and the future possibilities that spring from the gifts of freedom, American settlers and Presidents expressed proclamations for Thanksgiving Day over the centuries. For the beauties of nature and the support of friendship and family, writers and musicians of every creed have created passionate expressions of praise. As the entire human family assembles in these seasons to share common bonds of gratitude, we too will gather to hear and sing the melodies that celebrate our seasons of thanksgiving and seek to uplift our souls. Concert up to 4 hours
BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD: HIGHLIGHTS FROM AMERICA'S MUSICAL THEATRE Experience the American musical genre and its creators through Broadway, film, and vaudevillian stage music from turn-of-the-19th-century to present. Concert up to 4 hours. Click to download a Sample flyer for this program.
BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD: JEWISH WRITERS OF AMERICA’S MUSICAL STAGE AND FILM Experience the American musical genre and its Jewish producers, writers, and performers through Broadway, film, and vaudevillian stage music from turn-of-the-19th-century to present. Concert up to 4 hours. Click to download a Sample flyer for this program.
CAROLE KING AND HER TAPESTRY OF SONG Her talent at the piano was obvious by age four, her hit songwriting established by her early 20s, leading to a blockbuster career as one of the most prolific and influential pop songwriter/recording artists in history. Biography class or class series up to 6 hours
A CELEBRATION OF THE SOUL: MUSIC & MIRACLES OF OUR LIVES - uplifting and inspiring music from musical traditions, cultures, composers and lyricists around the world. Folk, Pop, Film, Stage, Hebrew and Yiddish, and original songs from Joy’s repertoire are woven together with uplifting stories of the human experience. Concert up to 2 hours. The music for this program may be individualized to a specific theme or season as desired.
A CELEBRATION OF THE SOUL: MUSIC & MIRACLES THROUGH JEWISH EYES - A conversation and concert of spiritual and historical themes of Judaism and its connection to other faiths and of the meaning and significance of Jewish holidays and observances. A rediscovery of our personal lives, goals, and motivations of the past and the year to come. Concert up to 2 hours. This program may be individualized for a specific holiday or observance, season, or as desired. Click to download a Sample flyer for this program.
CRAZY FOR COLE: LEGENDARY LYRICS & MUSIC OF COLE PORTER: Experience Joy Katzen-Guthrie in concert with the music of one of America's musical legends, the creator of some of the most sophisticated melodies and lyrics to grace the Broadway stage, Cole Porter, whose songs reflect his experience and his outlook on life. From his beginnings in Peru, Indiana, through his life in New York, Paris, London, and Hollywood, we'll get to know Porter through his songs and the recollections of his friends and colleagues. Concert up to 2 hours
CRAZY FOR GERSHWIN! Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood, and Hit Parade were significantly affected by the work of George and Ira Gershwin, who fused the genres of stage, film, jazz, and classical music into a distinctly unique American voice. Examine the lives, music, and magic of these two great artists through this live concert. Concert up to 2 hours.
DAYENU: WONDERS AND MIRACLES OF PASSOVER: A Concert/Discussion of the Traditions and Songs of the Pesach Season - Joy shares music and stories of Pesach from Jewish communities around the world, from the symbols and foods of the seder to the stories and songs within the haggadah and the many rituals that accompany the Pesach tradition. Concert up to 2 hours
THE DIVINE DIVAS Featuring JOY KATZEN-GUTHRIE, ELAINE SILVER, SHANA SILVER AND BONNIE WHITEHURST IN THE ROUND - The Divine Divas are singer/songwriters who perform original, spiritually-oriented music that is thoughtful, fun, inspiring, joyous, and geared toward raising vibratory rates, both individually and communally, with the clear intention of uplifting one another and the planet. Their concerts are in a Round Robin format filled with personal stories and thoughtful, amusing, and insightful reflection and anecdotes of life, love, emotions, challenges, joy, and discovery. Joy, Elaine, Shana, and Bonnie have distinctive styles and backgrounds that include folk, classical, stage and pop music. They will share music both separately and together and you'll love the result.
FACETS OF LOVE - Celebrating love through songs dedicated to love of family, friendship, country, faith, and life. Concert up to 2 hours
A FINE ROMANCE … WITH DOROTHY FIELDS Lyricist Dorothy Fields is overlooked among her contemporaries Gershwin, Hart, Berlin, Porter, Mercer. What a shame! Her work is notable not only for the timelessness of her writing, but for her perseverance as a woman within an industry notorious for its glass ceiling. Fields proved she could stand equally with the greatest writers of her generation. Upon this centennial of her birth, we’ll discover her creativity spanning six decades, with classic moments on record and film from the 20’s-30’s (I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, On The Sunny Side of the Street, Don’t Blame Me, The Way You Look Tonight) to the 60’s-70’s (Big Spender, If My Friends Could See Me Now, It's Not Where You Start, It's Where You Finish). Concert up to 2 hours
THE GOLDEN AGE OF BROADWAY: BERLIN TO BERNSTEIN Re-live the extraordinary decades of the 1920s through 1950s when some of the greatest composers America has ever known created their musical comedy and musical drama masterpieces, including Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Arlen, Harburg, Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein and much more.Concert up to 2 hours.
GOLDEN MUSICAL MOMENTS A delightful varied cabaret concert of songs and stories from popular music, stage, film, and more. A marvelous trip in time through some of America's most memorable musical moments. Any length desired
HANUKKAH CIRCLE OF SONG: STORIES & SONGS OF THE HANUKKAH HOLIDAY- Discover and re-discover the history and joyful music of Hanukkah from around the world in this delightful program of discussion and music. Any length desired Click to download a Sample flyer for this program.
THE HEART AND HISTORY OF JEWISH MUSIC: Ten Centuries of Jewish songs from around the world. Folk and liturgical Hebrew, Kaballist, Chassidic, Ladino, Yiddish, Israeli, and American Jewish music with stories/history of the songs and composers. Concert up to 4 hours. Click to download a Sample flyer for this program.
HELLO JERRY! THE SPARKLE OF JERRY HERMAN 85-year-old composer/lyricist Jerry Herman, creator of iconic musicals Milk & Honey, Hello Dolly, Mame, Mack & Mabel, Dear World, La Cage Aux Folles, has known spectacular success and phenomenal failure. In 1961, the young writer burst on Broadway with Milk and Honey, plus Tony and Grammy nominations. Hello, Dolly! and Mame enjoyed monumental success, while Dear World, Mack and Mabel, and The Grand Tour floundered. La Cage Aux Folles renewed Herman's belief in himself and the American musical theatre. Not only was it a broadway bluckbuster, it was a personal heroic statement from Herman and his co-creators. Discover why these days remain The Best of Times for Jerry Herman and his musicals. Lecture/Class up to 10 hours or concert up to two hours
HOLIDAY CIRCLE OF SONG - STORIES & SONGS OF THE SOLSTICE HOLIDAYS - A discovery and re-discovery of the history and joyful music of winter holidays and observances from around the world in this delightful program of discussion and music of Hanukkah, Christmas, Solstice, New Year, and more. Concert up to 2 hours
HOME SWEET HOME: AMERICA'S MUSICAL LEGACY: An American History Lesson through the music of America by its many writers. Hear incredible stories and songs of America, beginning with the earliest known American writers to the present -- as well as the legacy of songs of conscience Americans have written over the centuries. Lecture Course up to 10 hours, or Concert up to 4 hours.
I LOVE NEW YORK! - A delightful collection of songs and stories of the people, places, excitement, and feelings of the Big Apple over three centuries. From Sidewalks of New York, 45 Minutes from Broadway, Lady With The Lamp, The Bowery, Ballad of the Triangle Fire, and The Subway Glide, to New York State of Mind, Manhattan, 42nd Street, Lullaby of Broadway, I Happen to Like New York, On The Town, and much more, you'll love this time trip through the great city's history and music, with Joy presenting the songs live at the piano. Concert up to 3 hours.
IN CONCERT: A SIXTIES SPECTACULAR!! A veritable Sixties Symphony at the grand piano. It was the decade of Bye Bye Birdie, Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Byrds. Of The Twist, The Frug, The Locomotion, The Boogaloo, The Shingaling, The Jerk, The Chicken, The Monkey, The Penguin, and the Mashed Potato. It was the era of Motown, Mercer, McKuen, Mancini, and Man of La Mancha. Of Hippies and Hair. From Doo-Wop to Dylan, from Peter Paul & Mary to Petula Clark, from the Stones to Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Sly Stone, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, it was a powerful, transformative moment in American and world history. This decade launched the songwriting careers of Carole King, Neil Diamond, Bobby Russell, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, and James Taylor and made Broadway icons of Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Anthony Newley, and Stephen Sondheim. Relive this amazing decade year by year, both in history and in music, through a concert sixties symphony of song. Class series of up to 6 hours from the piano.
THE IRRESISTABLE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN - Nominated for more than 30 Oscars, Sammy Cahn’s list of original lyrics reads like a history of 20th century popular song, including “I’ll Walk Alone,” “It’s Been a Long, Long Time,” “Time After Time,” “Second Chance Around,” “ Let it Snow,” and “Three Coins in the Fountain,” “The Tender Trap,” “Love And Marriage,” “All the Way,” “Call Me Irresponsible,” “Come Fly With Me,” and “High Hopes,” among many others. Concert up to 2 hours.
I'VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE: HIT PARADE MEMORIES From the mid 1930's to the mid 1950's, Your Hit Parade celebrated America's greatest songwriters and their hit songs. During this period, America created some of its most distinctive melodies and lyrics that transformed music worldwide. At the grand piano, Joy will take you on a sentimental journey through highlights of the top songs on the hit parade charts. You'll also re-discover the work of some of the most prominent songwriters during this period, including Sammy Cahn & Jule Styne, Hoagy Carmichael, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, and Frank Loesser. It's a time trip through many of the greatest melodies and composer/lyricists from America's Golden Era of Popular Song. Concert up to 4 hours or Lecture Class series from the piano up to 10 hours. Click to download a Sample flyer for this program.
JOY KATZEN-GUTHRIE IN CONCERT with A JOYOUS MUSICAL CELEBRATION, Uplifting songs and stories of the human experience from musical traditions, cultures, composers and lyricists around the world. Folk, Pop, Film, Stage, Hebrew and Yiddish, and original songs from Joy’s repertoire woven together with uplifting stories of the human experience. One hour, 1.5 hour or 2 hour concert. The music for this program may be individualized to a specific theme or season if desired. Click to download a Sample flyer for this program.
LEGENDS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE Meet some of America's greatest musical legends, creators of sophisticated melodies and lyrics for stage and film, including Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, and more. Concert up to 4 hours.
MASTER OF MELODY: JEROME KERN - During this centennial year of the premiere of Jerome Kern's music on Broadway, we remember the man whose fresh, distinctive melodies were beloved by musicians, vocalists, dance artists, audiences, and colleagues. When it came to melody, Kern was in a class by himself, working with the finest lyricists of his era, creating more than a hundred scores for stage and screen. His songs, including his brilliant score of Show Boat, are among the most influential in musical theatre history. Lecture course up to 8 hours, Concert up to 2 hours.
MEMORABLE MUSIC FROM TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICALS Since 1947 when the American Theatre Wing established its Tony, Broadway's memorable music and performances have been justly honored. In celebration of the announcement each April of Tony nominations for the previous year's productions, Joy will take us on a time trip at the grand piano through favorite songs from America's Tony-winning scores that capture many of the memorable moments of the American Broadway theatre. Concert series up to 6 hours.
MODERN SHABBAT NUSACH: NEW JEWISH LITURGICAL MUSIC - Joy shares modern melodic settings of Shabbat liturgical texts, comparing musical settings from Ashkenazic Reform to Sephardic, Chasidic, folk, pop, Israeli, and classical settings of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Along with an examination of the Hebrew prayer text, learn of the background of the composers, hear newer melodies as well as familiar ones and join in song. Lecture class series and live performance up to 6 hours
A MUSICAL CELEBRATION OF JERUSALEM CONCERT In 2017, Israel marked 50 years since the milestone moment when Jerusalem was reunified during the Six Day War and Jews returned to the Kotelthe Western Wall. Joy celebrates Jerusalem through music and writings of the city from the hearts and minds of Jews through the ages. Concert up to 4 hours.
THE MUSIC OF OUR MIRACLES AND THE MIRACLE OF OUR MUSIC Miraculous stories of human experience as told through song, including themes of prayer, festivals, freedom, family, faith, beauty, and celebration that are present in spiritual scriptures and traditions year-round. Concert up to 2 hours.
THE MUSICAL MAJESTY OF MANCINI - The unprecedented 72 Grammys and 18 Oscars for which he was nominated attest to the timelessness of Henry Mancini's music. Whether writing, arranging, conducting, or concertizing jazz-infused themes of Peter Gunn and The Pink Panther to lush symphonic artistry of Love Story and Days of Wine and Roses, Mancini's themes simply are unforgettable. His scores transformed television and film, giving a third-dimensional life to the characters, stories, and emotions of motion pictures that will live on and on. Lecture Class up to 6 hours or Concert up to 2 hours
A MUSICAL SALUTE TO LONDON - You'll love this collection of music by, about, and for the glorious city of London. We'll take a stroll on a Foggy Day in London Town, hear the Nightingales Sing in Berkeley Square, and meet Eliza Doolittle in the vegetable market at Covent Garden. We'll enjoy songs of London's own Noel Coward and Andrew Lloyd Webber, hear music of Oliver, Mary Poppins, and Sweeney Todd, and even stray outside the city to pay tribute to the famed White Cliffs of Dover. Lecture Course up to 6 hours, or Concert up to 2 hours
A NEW YEAR … A NEW DECADE … A NEW SONG! Favorite Moments and Music from Decades Past Joy presents memorable stories, news events, & melodies that began every new decade over the previous century to the present. You'll be amazed how much you remember and how much you didn't know! An amazing musical time trip! Concert up to 4 hours full Lecture/concert series of up to 6 hours at the piano.
OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MELODY! The Unforgettable Music of Richard Rodgers in Concert - The music of Richard Rodgers brought new sophistication to musical theatre. In his collaboration with Lorenz Hart, his melodies personify the intimacy, distinctiveness, and energy of America's Jazz Age. In collaboration with Oscar Hammerstein II, his music captures a world ranging from Americana and Europe, to the exotic Far East and South Pacific, all heightened by inspiring stories with unforgettable characters and choreography. Experience the life and music of one of the world's great composersRichard Rodgersand his co-writers in this 90-minute concert. Concert up to 4 hours
OH, SAY! CAN YOU SING! - Enjoy a festival of the music of America as we pass out songsheets and sing of the American experience. From Home Sweet Home to Old Folks at Home, from Manhattan to Sidewalks of New York, from Carolina Moon to Carolina in the Mornin,' from Shenandoah to Roll On Columbia, from Hail, Columbia to Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean, from America the Beautiful to America (My Country 'Tis of Thee), from Stars and Stripes Forever to Battle Hymn of the Republic, from Give me Your Tired, Your Poor to This Land is Your Land, from Simple Gifts to Let the Rest of the World Go By, from Yankee Doodle to Yankee Doodle Dandy, from Home on the Range to Take Me Home, Country Roads and much more! Joy will provide the songsheets you bring your vibrant voices. Concert up to 4 hours
RAGS TO RICHES: A CELEBRATION OF RAGTIME! In honor of the centennial of Irving Berlin's transformational hit song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band," which set off a ragtime mania worldwide, Joy presents a concert of favorite ragtime songs and instrumentals from the likes of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Irving Berlin, Bert Williams, Fats Waller, and many more fun, exciting and entertaining examples of cakewalks, turkey trots, vaudeville, Broadway, & concert stage ragtime classics. Concert up to 4 hours or Class series of up to 6 hours at the piano. Note: Acoustic piano required for this concert.
RICHARD RODGERS & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II: A CELEBRATION OF THE MEN & THEIR MUSIC In the 1940s and 1950s, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were American musical theatre. From Oklahoma to The Sound of Music, we'll examine their lives, explore their many contributions to the art form, and appreciate their legacy of music. Concert/Lecture class up to 8 hours, or Concert up to 4 hours.
SACRED RENEWAL AND DISCOVERY: SONG, PRAYER, AND TRADITIONS OF ROSH HASHANAH AND YOM KIPPUR - At the piano, Joy presents a musical celebration of life and renewal in this month of Elul, the final month of the Jewish yeara time for prayer, self-introspection, and spiritual preparation for the year to come. Joy shares stories and meanings of prayer and musical modes of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish calendar and the months ahead, distinctive rituals and food traditions around the world, and insights during this sacred and celebratory season. Concert up to 2 hours.
SEASONS OF OUR GRATITUDE An exquisite collection of Thanksgiving, Sukkot, and Harvest hymns and prayers of gratitude, from around the world, with moving stories, history, and spiritual traditions. Concert up to 2 hours.
SEIZE THE DAY! Holidays You Never Knew! - Did you realize that January 8th is Bubble Bath Day and January 16th is Nothing Day (a day for absolutely nothing)? Don't try to steal Hoodie-Hoo Day on February 20th It's copyrighted! Peanut Butter Lovers celebrate their day on March 1st, while in May, International Migratory Bird Day is observed worldwide. July 1st really is Canadian Humiliation Day to recognize people who have been humiliated in Candian history. Food and drink lovers enjoy National Iced Tea Day on June 10th, Pecan Pie Day on July 12th, and Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day on August 8th. Lefties celebrate their rights on International Left Hander's Day, August 13th. On October 6th, choose your celebration from Come and Take it Day, International Frugal Fun Day, Mad Hatter Day, AND Physician Assistant Day. If you happen to be Marooned without a Compass, celebrate it on November 6th. Life is brighter on National Flashlight Day, December 21st. Who knew?!! Discover more opportunities to Seize the Day with local, regional, national, and international observances created by proclamation, local custom, individuals, and even official trademark and sing some songs to fit the day! Concert or concert series up to 6 hours
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY: SONGS FOR THE SOLDIERS - It truly was a magical musical era. The legendary composers and lyricists of America's golden age of popular music as well as gifted writers worldwide were focused on creating music to lift spirits and bring hope during dark days of the war. Relive the songs that Joy shares at the grand piano, as well as the moments that drew us together, connecting friends and families with their loved ones overseas, entertaining our troops through the devoted efforts of the USO, and uniting the world toward an outcome of freedom and victory. Up to 2 hour concert
A SENSATIONAL CENTENNIAL SING-ALONG! - sing-a·long (sng-∂-lông) noun or phrasal verb: community singing, group singing, an event of singing together at gatherings or parties, less formally than choir singing, unison singing or singing in harmony, singing with or without a songbook or song sheets, singing folk songs, patriotic songs, hymns and drinking songs, a universal feature of human culture. Joy brings the song sheets, you bring your voices and enthusiasm to sing songs from 100 years ago when Moonlight Bay, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, and Waiting for the Robert E. Lee were hits, through the years that follow, with Peg O’ My Heart, Smiles, Ja-Da, Danny Boy, You Made Me Love You, Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral, Paper Doll, Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and much more. Concert up to 4 hours
SENSATIONAL MUSIC OF THE BIG BAND YEARS - Joy's live concert at the piano features musical highlights from the orchestras, vocalists, and themes of the Swing Era. Hear songs from the repertoires of Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Peggy Lee, the Dorsey Brothers, Artie Shaw, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tormé, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Rosemary Clooney, Guy Lombardo, Sarah Vaughan & more along with stories of how the music was created and recorded, the orchestras, performers, and songwriters as you listen to unforgettable melodies and lyrics of this sensational era in American popular music. Up to 3 hour concert
SHALL WE DANCE: MUSICALS OF THE 1950's The 1950s brought new sophistication to musical theatre. Strong books heightened with words and music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Loesser, Frank Loesser, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, Meredith Willson and Adler & Ross and others gave new focus to the theatre. Concert up to 2 hours.
SHIREI SUKKAT SHALOM: A Celebration of Songs of the Sukkot/Thanksgiving Season A concert celebration of Sukkot, Simchat Torah, and the season of gratitude and harvest. Concert up to 2 hours
SHIRAT HANEFESH: THE JEWISH SPIRIT IN SONG - Centuries of Jewish music and history come to life through stories and songs of the Diaspora and Israel. Folk and liturgical Hebrew, Chassidic, Yiddish, and popular Jewish songs will bring new insight into Jewish faith, prayer, and experience. Concert up to 3 hours.
A SIXTIES SPECTACULAR!! - It was the decade of Bye Bye Birdie, Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Byrds. Of The Twist, The Frug, The Locomotion, The Boogaloo, The Shingaling, The Jerk, The Chicken, The Monkey, The Penguin, and the Mashed Potato. It was the era of Motown, Mercer, McKuen, Mancini, and Man of La Mancha. Of Hippies and Hair. From Doo-Wop to Dylan, from Peter Paul & Mary to Petula Clark, from the Stones to Sinatra, Sam Cooke, Sly Stone, Sonny & Cher, and Simon & Garfunkel, it was a powerful, transformative moment in American and world history. This decade launched the songwriting careers of Carole King, Neil Diamond, Bobby Russell, Jimmy Webb, Kris Kristofferson, and James Taylor and made Broadway icons of Cy Coleman, Jerry Herman, Sheldon Harnick, Jerry Bock, Anthony Newley, and Stephen Sondheim. Relive this amazing decade year by year, both in history and in music, through a sixties symphoony of song from Joy at the piano. Concert up to 4 hours.
SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: A PIANO/VOCAL CONCERT With the 25th anniversary of Sleepless in Seattle around the corner, among memorable attributes of the heart-tugging film is its collection of romantic standards providing an audio backdrop to the film's tale of the search for love. From Stardust to As Time Goes By to When I Fall in Love to Makin' Whoopie, the atmospheric soundtrack includes hit songs performed and created by some of the most beloved contributors to the American Popular Songbookincluding Hoagy Carmichael, Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole, Victor Young, Oscar Hammerstein II, Gene Autry, Jimmy Durante, Gus Kahn, Comden & Green, Jule Style, and Harry Connick, Jr., among others. Join Joy on this musical time trip through the film's soundtrack, with stories of the composers, lyricists, vocalists, and productions from the time in which these songs were composed. Concert up to 90 minutes.
SONGS OF OUR SISTERS: The Woman in Music Through story and song, discover the music by and about women and their unique personal spiritual and life experiences. From folk, popular, Broadway, film, liturgical, and world genres, hear poignant, fun, and refreshing songs from the woman's perspective. Concert up to 4 hours.
SONGS OF OUR SISTERS: The Woman in Jewish Music Through story and song, discover the music by and about women of Judaism and their personal spiritual and life experiences. From Debbie Friedman to Molly Picon to Naomi Shemer, traditional and contemporary liturgical and folk music by a new generation of women songwriters, performers, and cantors. A poignant, fun, and refreshing experience of new Jewish music from the unique perspective of the Jewish woman. Concert up to 3 hours. Click to download a Sample flyer for this program.
SONGS OF ZION AND THE MODERN STATE OF ISRAEL: 1880 TO PRESENT - This lecture/live music course at the piano featuring history, songs, and stories from the settlers and European societies making aliyah to Israel from the first wave of immigration in the 1880's through the Sixth Aliyah of the 1940's, the years of early Israeli statehood, the Six Day War, and other transformative events in Israeli history to the present. Concert/class series up to 6 hours
STRIKE UP THE PIANO: A Tribute to George & Ira - At the piano, Joy brings songs and stories of the legendary team of George and Ira Gershwin. From "Swanee" to "S'Wonderful," the classic songs these two created with one another and with other superb collaborators reflect and represent a timeless era in American popular music. George's music and Ira's lyrics serve as a bridge between the worlds of classical, Tin Pan Alley, Vaudeville, jazz, Broadway, Hollywood, opera, musical drama, and modern musical comedy. Though George's tragic death at age 38 ended his prolific creativity, the music he left us is unceasingly celebrated. Through his grief, Ira eventually found the courage to continue. Their deep affection and appreciation of one another and their abiding love of the music lives on and on. Concert up to 4 hours
SUMMER SPLASH BASH!! A Concert to Welcome the Summer Season! It's Summertime!! On this first day of summer, join Joy in Feelin' Groovy singing Sunny songs Under the Boardwalk on an Island in the Sun. It's those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer! Lounge Up On The Roof and sing A Summer Song in The Summer Wind. Stare at the beautiful Blue Skies, thinking to yourself, "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'!" while listening to the chirping of the Yellow Bird as you remember That Sunday, That Summer. On A Clear Day, You Can See Forever especially When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along. Go swinging down the street like Georgy Girl, or strolling through Green Fields, or relaxing by a Lazy River thinking about memories that are Gentle On My Mind. Why, On A Wonderful Day Like Today, you could ride the Carousel or pick Little Green Apples, kiss your sweetheart beneath the Lemon Tree, or love Paris when it sizzles!! Although summer turns to winter, you'll have these Moments to Remember. So I'll Be Seeing You in every lovely summer's day and with every Moonlight Serenade, recalling and singing of The Things We Did Last Summer. Concert up to 4 hours
THE MORE-THAN-NUTTY JERRY LEWIS Comedian, actor, singer, producer, director, writer Jerry Lewis' credits appear limitless. Master of slapstick since the late 40s, aside his partner and friend Dean Martin, he celebrated a 91st birthday before his passing in 2017. New Jersey-born Joseph Levitch grew up in vaudeville and was singing on stage by age 5. But it was the partnership of Martin & Lewis that made him a household name. When their act broke upboth professionally and personallyboth were forced to reinvent themselves. Lewis went on to direct, produce, write, and star in notable projects in addition to his impassioned charitable fund raising. He remains a timeless show business talent. Biography series up to 4 hours.
THE THINGS WE DID LAST SUMMER: MEMORIES OF FAR AWAY PLACES - Whether or not you’re planning a vacation, you’ll enjoy hearing and singing of travels, vacations, and interesting places from your fantasies and on planet earth. At the grand piano, Joy will take you on a Dreamer’s Holiday to Far Away Places … from Manhattan to Marguaritaville. Perhaps you’ll travel with a Dog Named Boo or with Puff the Magic Dragon alone or Side By Side, Around the World or down Country Roads to Bali Hai, on the Wabash Cannonball, or aboard the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Come Saturday Morning or maybe Never on a Sunday, you might be Cruising Down the River or Flying Down to Rio. Either way, as you travel on, love’s what you’ll remember. Concert up to 4 hours
THROUGH THE AGES IN JEWISH MUSIC - This lecture/live music course at the piano, with highlights of Jewish experience as described in secular and liturgical Jewish music over the centuries from Sephardic, Ladino, Ashkenazic, Yiddish, Israeli, American songs. The eclectic music will offer perspectives of the human experience of Jewish life and tradition as told through our musical traditions. Concert or concert series up to 6 hours
TIN PAN ALLEY TO HOLLYWOOD: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY STAGE & SCREEN - Vaudeville, Broadway and film music from the late 19th-century to present with a history of the American musical theatre, stories of the musicals and their creators, the compositions of the American stage musical and America's great composers and lyricists. Experience the lives, music, and productions of America's late nineteenth through 20th century theatre through live, video, and historic recordings and performances. Musical revue concert up to 4 hours
TU BISHVAT, NEW YEAR FOR THE TREES: An Evening of Fruit, Wine, and Songs of the Seasons of Tu Bishvat, the Israeli Arbor Day - As the earliest blooming trees emerge in Israel in late January/early February and begin a new fruit-bearing cycle, it is traditional to mark the day with a special Seder. Like the Passover Seder, we drink four glasses of wine and eat symbolic foodsparticularly fruit singled out in Scripture, including figs, grapes, pomegranates, olives, and dates. During this season, Joy will share music of the holiday marking the New Year for the Trees and we will reflect upon the lessons, spiritual insights, and blessings that come from nature, particularly from our trees. Concert up to 2 hours
MUSIC-RELATED LECTURES AND CLASSES ... AT THE LECTERN & IN THE CLASSROOM
A SERVING OF IRVING! The Life & Times of Irving Berlin From piano player in the backroom of a saloon to one of the most respected, prolific, and distinctive songwriters, Irving Berlin was a pivotal figure among creators of American stage and screen musicals. A man who never learned to read music, yet left an enormous catalog of exquisitely crafted and beloved popular songs that have come to define the American musical tradition. One session up to 2 hours, or class series up to 12 hours with audio/visual materials and live performance. Lecture/Concert Class up to 10 hours
ALL THAT JAZZ!! We trace its evolution of jazz, America's unique contribution to the world of music, from its roots to the present. Lectures plus live and recorded music round out your experience of the lives, music and film appearances of renowned musicians, vocalists, and bandleaders from both society bands and jazz: Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Artie Shaw, Ziggy Ellman, Buddy Rich, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, the Dorsey Brothers, and more. Class series up to 16 hours with live performance.
ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE ... LOOKING BACK AT THE BEATLES - At this 50th anniversary decade, we look back at the Fab 4 from their formation in 1960 to their breakup a mere decade later in 1970. During those ten years, the Beatles transformed the music industry and worldwide pop culture. Five decades later, their music is as loved and as influential as when new, and time only reveals the sophistication and beauty of their work. Re-experience highlights of the Beatles significant concerts, films and recordings, including behind-the-scenes views of their creativity in this retrospective of the band. Session one, 1960 to 1965 - Liverpool, Germany, and The Early Years • Session two, 1965 - 1967 - The Final Concerts and Hard Day's Night to Rubber Soul: Experimentation • Session three, 1967 - The St. Pepper Era • Session four, 1968-1969 - Magical Mysery Tour and More • Session five, 1969-1970 - Abbey Road and Life After the Beatles. Lecture/concert class up to 10 hours
AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC: A HISTORICAL SURVEY 1620-1950 - This fascinating and entertaining survey course explores the beginnings and development of the many paths of modern American popular music, beginning with the early parlor songs, folk songs, marches and hymns to which early Americans danced, sang, worshipped, and performed. We'll trace the evolution of America's unique musical genres, through composers such as Francis Hopkinson, John Howard Payne, Stephen Foster, George Frederick Root, Scott Joplin, WC Handy and many more, with great performances of folk, Native American, bluegrass, country and western, marches, minstrel, blues, hymn, spirituals, gospel, ragtime, jazz, Tin Pan Alley, Hit Parade, stage/film, rhythm and blues, rock and soul. It will be an unforgettable journey through the times, the lives, and the music of America and its notable composers, lyricists, and performers of more than three centuries. Class series up to 8 hours with live performance
AMERICA'S SINGING SWEETHEARTS: Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy America's Singing Sweethearts of the 1930's and '40's, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy created a collection of film classics that continually enchant and inspire. Naughty Marietta, Rose Marie, Girl of the Golden West, I Married an Angel, Sweethearts, and Maytime, among others, are counted among the finest films of Hollywood's Golden Age. Eddy and MacDonald were very much inside the public eye, their every move followed by fans and the media. The two were often together privately as well, sharing a deep affection and admiration. Their film scores the classic operettas of Victor Herbert, Sigmund Romberg, and Rudolf Friml, along with the romantic lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II and Otto Harbach among others vividly captured the magical blend of their voices, enhanced further by their stunning figures onscreen. Today they remain notable symbols of their era and the early power of film musicals. Their voices have inspired countless individuals to follow musical careers, and their beauty onscreen still mirrors the beautiful fantasies created by early Hollywood. Lecture Class up to 4 hours
AN EXPLORATION OF THE LEGENDS OF JAZZ BIO SERIES They are among the finest and most influential talents of the 20th century, indeed of all time: individuals whose contributions to the American genre of jazz and to worldwide modern music have transcended all barriers of race, generation, age, and culture. Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway. Four great jazz talents whose gifted artistry, innovation, and love of life will be rediscovered in this series. Class series up to 8 hours with live performance. (Recommended 2 hours per session)
AN EXTRAORDINARY YEAR OF MUSIC: 1964 - As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Beatles to America and the British Invasion on the heels of the Beatles first American tour, let's not forget the vast world of other extraordinary music the year had to offer. From classical (Marilyn Horne, Leonard Bernstein, Joan Sutherland and Isaac Stern), to country (Roger Miller, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Cash), to R&B/Soul (Mary Wells, Martha & the Vandellas, Ray Charles, The Temptations) to the debut of Simon & Garfunkel, The Supremes & Sonny & Cher, the breakthrough of Dionne Warwick, the return of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Louis Armstrong, and the continued public adulation of Bob Dylan, Elvis, the Beach Boys and Lesley Gore. 1964 was also one of the musical theatre's legenday years, with the premieres of Hello Dolly, Funny Girl, Fiddler on the Roof, and Man of La Mancha. We're only scratching the surface. Come rediscover the year in music, 1964. Class series of up to 8 hours with live performance.
ARMSTRONG TO ZIGGY: DIXIELAND TO SWING Exploring the roots of the big bands, from cakewalk, blues and ragtime to Dixieland and swing. Experience the lives, music and film appearances of renowned musicians, vocalists, and bandleaders from both society bands and jazz: Fats Waller, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman, Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Artie Shaw, Ziggy Ellman, Buddy Rich, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, the Dorsey Brothers, and more. One session or class series up to 16 hours with live performance
A CENTURY OF COMEDY IN MUSIC "Laughter is the closest distance between two people," said the masterful interweaver of classical music and comedy, Victor Borge. Enjoy the comic geniuses of Fanny Brice, Bert Williams, Martha Raye, Milton Berle, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones, Victor Borge, Fats Waller, Betty Hutton, Carol Burnett, Danny Kaye, Barbra Streisand, and Tom Lehrer among others. One session or class series up to 12 hours
BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD: HIGHLIGHTS FROM AMERICA'S MUSICAL THEATRE Re-experience the unique genre of the American musical with highlights of Broadway and film music of the 20th century, with stories of the musicals and their creators, the compositions of the American stage musical and America's great composers and lyricists. One session or class series up to 15 hours with live performance
BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD: JEWISH WRITERS OF AMERICA’S MUSICAL STAGE AND FILM Experience the American musical with highlights of Broadway and film music of the 20th century, with stories of the musicals and their Jewish creators, the compositions of the American stage musical and America's great composers and lyricists. One session or class series up to 14 hours with live performance.
CELEBRATING THE JAZZ SINGER, TEVYE, AND THE FUNNY GIRL: JEWISH MUSICAL STAGE & FILM CLASSICS OF THE 20th CENTURY In 2017, as we celebrate the 90th anniversary of Warner Bros.' classic The Jazz Singer, we are reminded of the dynamic characters and themes of Jewish stage and film musicals that starred the iconic Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Molly Picon, Al Jolson, Danny Thomas, Zero Mostel, Topol, Neil Diamond, and Mel Brooks among others. Explore the themes, stereotypes, and messages of productions like Fiddler on teh Roof, The Jazz Singer, Milk and Honey, Funny Girl, Hello, Dolly! Yentl, Oliver, and The Producers, examining the traditional and contemporary messages as well as historical events and individuals behind these classic productions. Class series up to 14 hours with live performance
A CENTURY OF COMEDY IN MUSIC "Laughter is the closest distance between two people," said the masterful interweaver of classical music and comedy, Victor Borge. Enjoy the comic geniuses of Fanny Brice, Bert Williams, Martha Raye, Milton Berle, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones, Victor Borge, Fats Waller, Betty Hutton, Carol Burnett, Danny Kaye, Barbra Streisand, and Tom Lehrer among others. One session or class series up to 10 hours with live performance
CHANGING TIMES & CHANGING TASTES: BROADWAY MUSICALS OF THE 1960's & 1970s As the Golden Era of the American musical firmly came to a close, the '60s and '70s brought a shift in theatrical and musical attitudes. An eclectic period of transition, these decades blended the traditional musical of Jerry Herman and Jule Styne with the pop/rock music of Hair, Godspell, and Jesus Christ Superstar, along with the experimental scores of Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber. The result was a fascinating period of self-examination and experimentation among both conventional and non-conventional themes, stretching the boundaries of American musical theatre beyond anything the genre had experienced in previous decades. Hear music from Charles Strouse (Bye Bye Birdie, Annie), Bob Merrill (Carnival, Funny Girl), Jerry Herman (Milk & Honey, Hello Dolly, Mame, Dear World, Mack & Mabel), Lionel Bart (Oliver!), Bock & Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), Darion & Leigh (Man of La Mancha), Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago), Galt MacDermot (Hair), Sherman Edwards (1776), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita), Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Pippin), Stephen Sondheim (A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park With George, Sweeney Todd), and Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line, They're Playing Our Song, and much more. Class series up to 20 hours with live performance
CHART-TOPPING SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES: THE DECADE THAT HAD IT ALL! The sixties may have been the most eclectic musical decade in American history, with radio and record chart toppers that included songs from stage & film (Hello, Dolly! Lara's Theme, Try to Remember, Moon River, Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In); the British Invasion (The Beatles, The Hollies, Dave Clark Five, Petula Clark, The Animals, Herman's Hermits, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Lulu, The Searchers), American pop/rock (Elvis Presley, Chubby Checker, The Mamas and Papas, The Byrds, The Association, the Lovin' Spoonful, The Rascals, The Monkees, the Doors, Dion) Country Crossover (Bobbie Gentry, Glen Campbell, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Roy Orbison), Folk (Pete Seeger, Peter Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkle, John Denver, Janice Ian, Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, Kingston Trio); the Surfer Sound (The Beach Boys, Jan & Dean, Franki Valli & the Four Seasons); Motown, R&B, Gospel and Soul (The Supremes, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, The Four Tops, the Jackson Five), MOR & easy listening (Dean Martin, Andy Williams, Percy Faith, Brenda Lee, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett), and more. Explore the wide range of music heard on radio, TV, and film, discover more about the creators and performers of the music, and connect the music to American and world history. Class series of up to 20 hours with live performance
CLASSIC AMERICAN POP - Pop is not just one form of music. Be prepared to immerse yourself in a variety of distinctly American sounds, all representing eras in our history: Tin Pan Alley, Ragtime, Broadway, Jazz, Folk, Blues, Doo-Wop, Soul and more. Class series up to 8 hours with live performance
CLASSIC MUSICALS ... STAGE TO SCREEN I We examine notable classic musicals penned by Cole Porter (Kiss Me Kate), Rodgers & Hammerstein (Oklahoma), Frank Loesser (Guys and Dolls), Lerner & Loewe (My Fair Lady), Sondheim & Styne (Gypsy). Bock & Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom of the Opera) and Mel Brooks (The Producers). Hear and observe various stage and screen adaptations, their similarities and contrasts, and unique qualities of each production, taking a journey through each musical era and the casting, direction, and design that made each stage and film adaptation unique. Class series 6 to 10 hours with live performance
CLASSIC MUSICALS ... STAGE TO SCREEN II - We examine several notable classic musicals penned by Harburg & Lane (Finnian's Rainbow), Lerner & Loewe (Brigadoon), Rodgers & Hammerstein (South Pacific), Jerry Herman (Hello, Dolly!), Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd), and Dubin & Warren (42nd Street). Hear and observe various stage and screen adaptations, their similarities and contrasts, and unique qualities of each production, taking a journey through each musical era and the casting, direction, and design that made each stage and film adaptation unique. Class series up to 10 hours with live performance
CLASSIC MUSICALS ... STAGE TO SCREEN III - We continue our examination of notable musicals. In this course, we'll visit classics penned by the Gershwins & Heyward (Porgy & Bess), Comden, Green & Bernstein (On the Town), Frank Loesser (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), Kander & Ebb (Cabaret), Fields & Coleman (Sweet Charity), and Boublil & Schonberg (Les Miserables). Hear and observe various stage and screen adaptations, their similarities and contrasts, and unique qualities of each production, taking a journey through each musical era and the casting, direction, and design that made each stage and film adaptation unique. Class series up to 10 hours with live performance
COMPLETELY COLE: Meet one of America's musical legends, creator of some of the most sophisticated melodies and lyrics to grace the Broadway stage. From his beginnings in Peru, Indiana, through his work in New York, Paris, London, and Hollywood, we'll get to know the complicated Cole Porter through his music and the stars who made his songs unforgettable. One session or class series up to 10 hours with live performance
CONTEMPORARY BROADWAY: BERNSTEIN TO SONDHEIM They say they don't write 'em like they used to ... and that certainly is true as today's music seeks a different audience and expresses a different message than that of the past. But with all its differences, there's much that hearkens to Broadway’s roots in today's musical theater, a mix of the new, revivals, revues, and mega-hits. Explore the best of each and discover how Broadway has reshaped itself in recent decades. Class series up to 20 hours witj live performance
CONTEMPORARY MOVIE MUSIC AND DANCE - Contemporary movie musicalsSaturday Night Fever, A Chorus Line, Fame, Flashdance, Footloose, Dirty Dancing, Dreamgirls, Hairspray among othersare up-to-date versions of traditional dreams coming true. Explore moments from the best and learn why they continue to capture our imagination. Class series up to 14 hours with live performance
CRAZY FOR GERSHWIN! Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood, and Hit Parade were significantly affected by the work of George and Ira Gershwin, who fused the genres of stage, film, jazz, and classical music into a distinctly unique American voice. Examine the lives, music, and magic of these two great artists through this live concert. One session or extended class series up to 10 hours with live performance
DANCIN' THE BLUES AWAY: GREAT DANCE MOMENTS IN FILM Dance is an art form referring to the rhythmic movement of the body as a means of creative expression. Choreography is the art of designing dances. These definitions, however, do not capture the virtuosity of the talent, the mind-expanding emotions of the dancer, nor the thrilling effects of the dance on those who view it. The dancer hurls himself through the air, lifts herself into another dimension, taking the observer along. From traditional to modern dance, jazz to ballet, we'll examine many of Hollywood's great dance moments through the stories and creations of the choreographers and performers: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Busby Berkeley, Hermes Pan, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Cyd Charisse, Ruby Keeler, Eleanor Powell, Buddy Ebson, Donald O'Connor, the Nicholas Brothers, Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, Bobby Van, Gregory Hines, Ray Bolger, Ann Miller, and more. Experience this exuberant ride through the genius of our great creators and technicians of dance. Class series up to 12 hours
DISCOVERING "YIP" HARBURG How well we know Over the Rainbow and the entire score to the Wizard of Oz, Finian's Rainbow, and Cabin in the Sky. But relatively few are aware of the gifted creator and lyricist of those works and his innovations in American musical theatre or his poignant messages of social reform and equality. From Hollywood to Broadway, his blacklisted years, his deeply personal fight for individual freedom and political integrity his story should not be missed. One session up to 2 hours with live performance.
DOROTHY FIELDS … MERELY MARVELOUS Lyricist Dorothy Fields is overlooked among her famous contemporaries Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Johnny Mercer. What a shame. Her story is notable not only for the timelessness of her writing, but for her perseverance as a woman in an industry notorious for its glass ceiling. Fields proved she could stand equally with the greatest writers of her generation. One session up to 2 hours with live performance
ELLA FITZGERALD: First Lady of Song Ella's distinctive and impeccable vocal purity, phrasing, diction, timbre and intonation led her to become one of the most revered vocalists of the 20th century, the First Lady of Song. Working with the most respected recording artists and composers of the 20th century. Her performances continually evoke from listeners sighs of awe and giddiness of joy from the sheer scope of her interpretative and technical range, as well as the power, flexibility, and beauty of her voice. Simply put, she was one of the greatest performers who ever lived. One session of two hours, or class series up to 6 hours
THE ELEGANT LADY OF TAP ... ANN MILLER The mile-a-minute tap dancer Ann Miller was heralded by MGM Studio’s publicists for tapping 500 times per minute. With a professional dancing career that began at age 11, the prodigy who initially had learned dance to ease the effects of rickets was picked up quickly by RKO, Columbia, and finally MGM Studios. The embodiment of the glamour of the motion picture studio system at its height, her long legs and distinctive fashions made her one of the most recognizable performers of her era worldwide. One session or class series up to 4 hours
ETHNIC VOICES OF STAGE & FILM: THE DYNAMIC JEWISH MUSICALS Since turn-of-the-20th-century Broadway & the advent of the talkies, stage and film productions have explored Jewish tradition and culture through music. These book musicals were notable in developing characters with common themes of traditional religious life vs. modern secular life, the examination of stereotypes within contemporary Jewish living, and the development of Jewish family values. Through lecture, recordings, and film, we'll explore classic Jewish-themed musicals & their characters, including Fanny Brice and a comparison of her work with Barbra Streisand's dramatization of her work in Funny Girl. Explore the development of Yiddish musicals from stage to film, with Molly Picon, Herschel Bernardi and Maurice Schwartz in films such as Mamele and Tevye The Milkman. Rediscover the talents of Al Jolson, Danny Thomas, and Neil Diamond in three renditions of The Jazz Singer, both Zero Mostel and Topol in in Fiddler on the Roof, and Streisand's interpretation of Yentl. Enjoy Milk & Honey, Channing's & Streisand’s Dolly Levi and Max Bialystock & Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks' The Producers. Class series up to 14 hours with live performance
THE EXTRAORDINARY MISS PEGGY LEE The regal and elegant Peggy Lee was described as having a personality and thoughtfulness that was as lovely and sophisticated as her music. One of the most popular entertainers of her generation, she was revered not only as a singer, but as a songwriter and actress. Despite a traumatic upbringing with a violent stepmother and alcoholic father, Lee immersed herself in a life of considerateness and generosity, devoting herself to an exemplary career and to non-violence. Working with many of the best bandleaders & vocalists in the business, she was sought out as one of the finest interpreters of the American popular songbook. One session up to 2 hours
FILM SCORES OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA How is music constructed for film? How have film scores changed? How does music support visual images? How would we experience Gone With the Wind, Psycho, Ben Hur, Robin Hood, A Streetcar Named Desire, Days of Wine and Roses, The Ten Commandments, and Star Wars, among many others, without the passionate scores of Steiner, Hermann, Rosza, Korngold, North, Mancini, Bernstein, and Williams? Hear masterful creations of composers of American film scores from the early talkies to the present. Class series up to 20 hours
FROM TEVYA THE DAIRYMAN TO FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Since Sholom Aleichem published his stories of Tevye the Dairyman in 1894, the subject of the lovable milkman of Anatevka and his challenging daughters has inspired countless fictional, stage, and film adaptations and commentaries. In appreciation of the touring production of the Broadway musical, Fiddler On the Roof, which will be hosted in March 2012 by Ruth Eckerd Hall, join Joy on a journey through the writing of Sholom Aleichem that became Tevya's Daughters, Tevye and his Daughters, Tevye the Milkman, Fiddler on the Roof and other titles. Hear excerpts from the original stories and view highlights from the powerful 1939 Yiddish film Tevya starring Maurice Schwartz. See composer Jerry Bock and lyricist Sheldon Harnick discuss the creation of the classic score and its unforgettable "Sunrise Sunset" and "If I Were a Rich Man." Experience the showstopping performance of Zero Mostel and behind-the-scenes moments from the masterful Broadway production. Explore Jerome Robbins' insightful choreography. Hear comments from Norman Jewison, the director/producer of the masterful film starring Topol, along with many members of the film cast and crew. Discover why these wise stories have touched our hearts for more than a century and why the stage and film depictions of a family caught up in the whirlwind of changing traditions will remain classics as long as they can be seen. Class session or series up to 4 hours
GENE KELLY: LIGHT AS AIR Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly, the third of five children and one of vaudeville's “The Five Kellys," was performing in dance routines by the time he was eight. Breaking new ground with his unique charismatic and physically strenuous style which melded ballet, tap, and modern dance Kelly would in time be at the forefront of MGM’s outstanding repertory company of singers, dancers, and musicians, taking the studio to its greatest heights in the musical revue and integrated musical film. Single session or class series up to 8 hours
THE GOLDEN AGE OF BROADWAY: BERLIN TO BERNSTEIN Re-live the extraordinary decades of the 1920s through 1950s when some of the greatest composers America has ever known created their musical comedy and musical drama masterpieces, including Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, Arlen, Harburg, Rodgers, Hart, Hammerstein and much more. Class series up to 20 hours with live performance
THE HEART & SOUL ... AND MELODY & LYRIC ... OF FRANK LOESSER Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer/lyricist Frank Loesser wrote lyrics to more than 700 songs and several of the American musical theatre's most respected modern musicals, including How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Most Happy Fella, Where's Charley? and Guys and Dolls. A tireless contributor to Broadway and Hollywood, Loesser was as colorful as the characters in his musicals. One 2-hour session or class series up to 8 hours with live performance
HELLO JERRY! THE SPARKLE OF JERRY HERMAN 85-year-old composer/lyricist Jerry Herman, creator of iconic musicals Milk & Honey, Hello Dolly, Mame, Mack & Mabel, Dear World, La Cage Aux Folles, has known spectacular success and phenomenal failure. In 1961, the young writer burst on Broadway with Milk and Honey, plus Tony and Grammy nominations. Hello, Dolly! and Mame enjoyed monumental success, while Dear World, Mack and Mabel, and The Grand Tour floundered. La Cage Aux Folles renewed Herman's belief in himself and the American musical theatre. Not only was it a broadway bluckbuster, it was a personal heroic statement from Herman and his co-creators. Discover why these days remain The Best of Times for Jerry Herman and his musicals. Lecture/Concert Class Series of up to 10 hours
HOLLYWOOD'S JEWISH MUSICALS: From Jazz Singing to Roof Fiddling and a Whole Lot More! - Joy highlights Hollywood's Jewish book musicals, with their themes of traditional religious life vs. modern secular life, stereotypes within contemporary Jewish living, and Jewish family values. Through discussion and examples from the films, Joy will compare the work of Fanny Brice with Alice Faye's characterization of Brice in "Rose of Washington Square" and Streisand's in "Funny Girl." You'll rediscover the talents of Al Jolson, Danny Thomas, and Neil Diamond in three quite different renditions of "The Jazz Singer." Experience the transition of Yiddish musicals from stage to film, including the work of Molly Picon, Herschel Bernardi and Maurice Schwartz in films such as "Mamele" and "Tevye The Milkman." Compare Zero Mostel and Topol, see Streisand's Yentl, Channing's & Streisand’s Dolly Levi and revisit Max Bialystock & Leo Bloom in Mel Brooks' "The Producers." Class series up to 8 hours with live performance
HOME SWEET HOME: AMERICA'S MUSICAL LEGACY: An American History Lesson through America's rich legacy of music. From this nation's earliest songs to its contemporary writers, experience the creativity and conscience, experience and values of our nation through our diverse musical expression. From European folk songs uniquely adapted to American life, to notable American music of the 18th century, folksong, ballads, hymns, marches and patriotic numbers, Civil War, stage and cinema, classical, and popular music of the 20th century to the present. Patriotism to protest, east coast to west, social issues to civil rights, spiritual to swing, journey through three centuries of American life as seen through the eyes of its writers of music and lyric. One condensed session or class series up to 16 hours with live performance
THE IRRESISTIBLE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN Nominated for more than 30 Oscars, Sammy Cahn’s list of original lyrics reads like a history of 20th century popular song. Cahn’s life and work was devoted to his love of words and music. Eventually he would supply Hollywood, Broadway, and the radio and recording industries with many of the most beloved lyrics of the century, including: I've Heard That Song Before, I’ll Walk Alone, It’s Been a Long, Long Time, Time After Time, Second Chance Around, Let it Snow, Three Coins in the Fountain, The Tender Trap, Love And Marriage, All the Way, Call Me Irresponsible, Come Fly With Me, and High Hopes, among many others. At the concert grand in the lovely Church on the Square of The Villages, Joy will share highlights from Cahn's life and music with audio/visual materials and live performance. Lecture/Concert Class of up to 8 hours
I'VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE: HIT PARADE MEMORIES The music of the 1930s through 1950s was a perfect combination of great songwriters and equally great lyricists. Take a sentimental journey through the lives and the era of Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, Duke Ellington, Dorothy Fields, and Frank Loesser from high school verses to fame on Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and film. One hour, 1.5 hour or 2 hour musical revue concert. One session or class series up to 8 hours with live performance
JEWISH GIANTS OF JAZZ: GERSHWIN, GOODMAN, SHAW, DAVIS, TORME, BRUBECK, RICH, GETZ, AND MORE! - They are among the finest and most influential talents of the 20th century: individuals whose contributions to the American genre of jazz and to worldwide modern music have transcended barriers of race, generation, age, and culture. Their gifted artistry, innovation, composition, and love of life will be rediscovered in this series as we explore their contribution to big bands, swing, radio, television, film, and recording. Class series up to 8 hours
JEWISH LEGENDS OF HOLLYWOOD & HIT PARADE - Meet some of America's greatest musical legends, creators of sophisticated melodies, lyrics, and productions for film and record, including George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Florenz Ziegfeld, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein, Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne, Al Dubin, Yip Harburg, Leonard Bernstein, Jerry Herman, Stephen Sondheim, and more. Re-experioence the extraordinary music of the Popular American Songbook through live performances and classic recordings and film. Class series up to 10 hours with live performance
LENA HORNE: Timeless, Elegant, Passionate Voice of Grace In 2010, the electrifying Lena Horne died at age 92. The 16-year-old Lena had performed for the first time at the Cotton Club. She was still making rare appearances in her nineties after having devoted more than 75 years to passionate musical expression and to breaking barriers in civil rights, social justice, and human dignity. She became one of the most recognizable and admired film, television, concert, and recording artists of the 20th century. Her work has been described as the highest standard of artistry, her character the pinnacle of integrity. One class session up to 2 hours
LEGENDS OF THE AMERICAN MUSICAL THEATRE Meet some of America's greatest musical legends, creators of sophisticated melodies and lyrics for stage and film, including Cole Porter, George & Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Leonard Bernstein, and more. Class series up to 20 hours with live performance. Choice of composers or material may be customized as desired
LEONARD BERNSTEIN: ICON, INNOVATOR, INSPIRATION One of the 20th century's pivotal figures, Leonard Bernstein's influential life as pianist, composer, orchestrator, conductor, concert artist, and lecturer/teacher deserves a closer look. From his whirlwind beginnings as conductor of the New York Philharmonic to his creations for theatre, film, and concert hall to his relationship with Israel and Jewish music and his inspirational concert at the Berlin Wall, we'll rediscover the man & his gifts. One session or class series up to 14 hours
"LET'S PUT ON A SHOW!!" - Through the heyday of Hollywood, not only Mickey and Judy, but practically every other musical performer on stage and screen shouted, "Let's put on a show!!" The star-studded rosters of MGM, Warner Bros., Paramount, Columbia, RKO, and Samuel Goldwyn gave brilliant performances enhanced by lavish sets, breathtaking costumes, and daring cinematography that brought us ever closer to the stars from every angle. We'll view awe-inspiring performances by some of the grreatest singers, dancers, musicians, and entertainers of Hollywood. Hurry, hurry!! Reserve your seat for the best show in town!! Class series up to 14 hours
LUCK O'THE IRISH MAGICAL MUSICAL IRISH MOMENTS FROM HOLLYWOOD - A favorite of the Hollywood studios was American-Irish and traditional Irish song and dance and nobody was better at it than Gene Kelly and Judy Garland, along with the amazing repertory company of MGM. The Irish and their descendents, the Irish love of family and struggle for success, Irish immigrants in America, fantasy Irish characters, and the biographies of Irish performers, songwriters, and producers have long been the subjects of Hollywood film. Irish songs were favorites at all major studios, featuring the gifted voice and footwork of James Cagney, Alice Faye, Bing Crosby, Marion Davies, Betty Grable, Doris Day, Bob Hope, Dennis Morgan, and Gordon MacRae among others. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with some of Hollywood's most delightful and moving depictions of Ireland, its people, and its music. Class session up to 4 hours
MARGE & GOWER CHAMPION: GLAMOUR & ELEGANCE ON AIR Often compared to Astaire & Rogers, the immensely popular husband and wife team of Marge & Gower Champion created some of the most visually stunning, memorable and ground breaking dance scenes in lavish 1950's MGM musicals. But their careers embraced musical revue, musical comedy, and musical drama on stage and television as well as film. Gower would become one of the most successful and influential Broadway Director-Choreographers during America's Golden Age of Musicals, crafting the stage design and movement of powerhouse shows such as Bye Bye Birdie, Carnival, Hello, Dolly!, and 42nd Street. A master of the form, he would join the ranks of revered choreographers like Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, and Michael Bennett. Class series of up to 12 hours with live performance
MASTER OF MELODY: JEROME KERN - During this centennial year of the premiere of Jerome Kern's music on Broadway, we remember the man whose fresh, distinctive melodies were beloved by musicians, vocalists, dance artists, audiences, and colleagues. When it came to melody, Kern was in a class by himself, working with the finest lyricists of his era, creating more than a hundred scores for stage and screen. His songs, including his brilliant score of Show Boat, are among the most influential in musical theatre history. One to five sessions of 2 hours each with live performance
MGM: THE STUDIO OF THOSE FABULOUS MUSICALS - In the 30s, 40s, and 50s, MGM Studios produced a string of exceptional musicals that would become part of the American popular culture. Through lectures, film clips, live music, explore the highlights from the 1920s through the 1950s.
MORE THAN A FUNNY LADY: BARBRA STREISAND Five and a half decades ago, Barbra Streisand burst on the entertainment scene with an obvious superstar talent, becoming one of the industry's rare examples of an overnight sensation. Though notoriously private, she is approaching a new public era in her life. Now 74, she released a new album in 2015 and an album of duets in 2016, embarking on a 9-city concert toura rare occurrence since she prefers not to leave her Malibu home. She is writing a memoir to be released in 2017. Onstage, in studio, behind the camerawriting, performing, producing, and directingto date she has recorded 35 albums and sold some 245 million recordingsthe only woman to have mastered Broadway, popular recording, and comedic/dramatic stage and film as a musical and non-musical performer, creator, and director. But she points out that mastering personal happiness has been the most important. We'll meet Streisand, learn of the breadth of her achievements and motivation, and also learn of her personal connection to her Jewish heritage and Israel in this biographical class. Biography Class or class series up to 12 hours
MUSICA BELLA! A CELEBRATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN CROONERS - Celebrate Italian American heritage with a tribute to our Italian American crooners. Like Columbus, they too discovered a new worldof song. Rich, luscious ballads that evoke warm memories of family, childhood, first love, and stirring romance. Lighthearted, breezy song stories that rejoice in the happiest experiences. Festive, jovial waltzes and dances that laugh at life's silly foibles. And heartfelt melodies of loss that draw a tear to the eye. Whatever the genre of music shared by these great songsmiths, our world would be far poorer without their effervescent, impassioned, and tender voices. Discover and honor the lives and music of Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Dean Martin, and Tony Bennett. Up to 4 hours
THE MUSICAL MAJESTY OF MANCINI - The unprecedented 72 Grammys and 18 Oscars for which he was nominated attest to the timelessness of Henry Mancini's music. Whether writing, arranging, conducting, or concertizing jazz-infused themes of Peter Gunn and The Pink Panther to lush symphonic artistry of Love Story and Days of Wine and Roses, Mancini's themes simply are unforgettable. His scores transformed television and film, giving a third-dimensional life to the characters, stories, and emotions of motion pictures that will live on and on. Biography class up to 6 hours with live performance
A MUSICAL SALUTE TO LONDON - You'll love this collection of music by, about, and for the glorious city of London. We'll take a stroll on a Foggy Day in London Town, hear the Nightingales Sing in Berkeley Square, and meet Eliza Doolittle in the vegetable market at Covent Garden. We'll enjoy songs of London's own Noel Coward and Andrew Lloyd Webber, hear music of Oliver, Mary Poppins, and Sweeney Todd, and even stray outside the city to pay tribute to the famed White Cliffs of Dover. Up to 6 hours with live performance
THE NEW WAVE OF DANCE: Fosse, Champion, & Robbins in Broadway & Hollywood In the late 40s and 50s, as Hollywood and Broadway extended the role of dance, a new generation of influential young choreographers joined a younger generation of writers and producers to stage new dance extravaganza. The three great future dance masters Bob Fosse, Gower Champion, and Jerome Robbins developed signature styles for which many of the next generation of notable musicals would be recognized. Fosse’s innovative angular movement, Robbins’ stylized social ballet, and Champion’s complex dance extravaganza were not an addition to the musical entertainment, but the very essence of the musical itself. In productions such as West Side Story, Sweet Charity, Hello Dolly, The Pajama Game, Cabaret, and 42nd Street, dance becomes the expression of joy, discovery, fear, grief, confusion, anger, hope. These innovators saw limitless possibilities of dance to convey the raw power of the message and emotion. Class series up to 10 hours
ONE-IN-A-MILLION DAME OF BROADWAY: ELAINE STRITCH - A living legend, an example of the durability of show business in a nearly 7-decade career in theatre, and the leading interpreter of the wry, often cynical view of life from the pen of Stephen Sondheim, she began her career in the 1940's and floated seamlessly bewteen television, film, concert, and stage. But the theatre was her home base. Whether comic musicals, drama, or cabaret, she wasto quote the New York Times"the brassy, tart-tongued" actress and singer with the "whisky voice, seen-it-all manner, and blunt charisma of a star." Indeed, Stritch dpitomized stardom. Adored by fans worldwide, she lived the roles she played: impatient, tough, boozing, devastatingand beloved. One of the last of a generation, the theatre will never see another like her. Biography session up to 4 hours
PAUL ROBESON: VOICE OF FREEDOM In a career spanning the first half of the 20th century, Paul Robeson son of an escaped slave who became a Presbyterian minister was one of the most admired talents of his day … and one of the most reviled. Today we look back at his distinguished accomplishments, as well as the racial and social causes he supported that were so radical during his lifetime and so obscured his brilliant talent. Law student, dramatic actor, athlete, speaker, concert vocalist, scholar, author, and activist, this internationally respected man spoke fifteen languages and supported causes for social justice and peace worldwide. Blacklisted, labeled a threat to America and democracy, he became the most vilified public black figures in America’s history. Today, his powerful quest for civil rights and freedom from oppression for all peoples is taking on new respect, meaning, courage, and dignity. Single session, or class series of up to 6 hours
PERFECTIONIST OF THE DANCE: JEROME ROBBINS - In the 40's as Hollywood and Broadway extended the role of dance, a new generation of influential young choreographers joined a young generation of writers and producers to strage new dance extravaganza. Among the greatest masters of modern dance, Robbins developed a signature style for the next generation of notable musicals. With stylized social ballet and complex dance extravanganza, Robbins' choreography was not an addition to the musicalit was the very essence of the emotion itself. In productions such as On the Town, West Side Story and Fiddler on the Roof, dance embodies joy, discovery, fear, grief, confusion, anger, hope. Robbins recognized limitless possibilities of dance to convey the raw power of the modern musical. Single session or class up to 6 hours
PERRY COMO: THE HIGHEST STANDARD - 2012 was the centennial of the birth of singer/actor/TVpersonality Pierino Ronald Como, Perry Como, an entertainer whose standards for professional conduct, good taste, and excellence set the template for the new genre of television beginning in 1949. Admired worldwide, Como’s record sales were among the highest of any entertainer in history. His appeal spanned generations. The finest talents in show business consistently refer to him as a man of the deepest principals and authenticity displayed in his 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Biographical session up to 2 hours
PETULA CLARK: LIVING LIFE TO ITS FULLIEST - Her career has spanned seven decades, beginning as a child star on record and BBC Radio during World War II, then to a top career as a beloved French recording/concert artist, then to international celebrity as one of the most successful recording/concert artists of the 1960's with hits that included "Downtown," "I Know a Place," "My Love," and "Don't Sleep in the Subway" among many others. On to Hollywood stardom in Finnian's Rainbow and Goodbye Mr. Chips, and to a massively successful and world-renowned international stage career that has included the Broadway production Blood Brothers. With it all, a seamless international concert career and a deeply protected private life as well as connection to her many fans. Perhaps more than any other artist, Petula Clark has enjoyed a meaningful and balanced public and private life of rich, variant personas. With more than 70 million records sold worldwide, she is the most successful British female solo recording artist ever and is cited in the Guinness Book of World Records. She continues to tour and to record new material and was honored by Queen Elizabeth II as Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1998. There's so much more of Petula Clark's life and career to experience discover it in this entertaining biography of a woman living life to its fullest. Biography session up to 4 hours
PIONEERING AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSICAL ARTISTS OF THE 20th CENTURY - Despite a seemingly insurmountable road toward respect and equality in American life and career, early 20th century African-American musical artists were among the most powerful, inspirational, and influential performers in history. Though fighting roadblocks, racism, and stereotyped subservient roles, they paved new paths for future artists, uniquely shaping the course of American music forever. Among these legendary pioneers of American musical theatre, film, recording, and concert performance were Bill Bojangles Robinson, Ethel Waters, Paul Robeson, Hazel Scott, Louis Armstrong, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway, Pearl Bailey, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis, Jr., Nat King Cole, and Harry Belafonte whose lives and music we'll rediscover and appreciate as part of Black History Month or at any time of the year. Class series up to 8 hours
RAPTUROUSLY RESPLENDENT OPERETTA AND OPERA BUFFA - In late 16th century Italy arose opera (meaning "work") a form of vocal musical performance accompanied by acting, scenery, costume, dance, orchestra, and chorus. Swiftly spreading across Europe, these staged spectacles dominated Western musical tradition. By the 18th century, Italian opera buffa featured comic interplay, everyday dialect/settings, and more simple vocal writing. By the 19th century had arisen operetta (meaning "little work") which was meant to convey a more realistic view of life within a lighter framework (in length, music, and subject matter). Operetta sprang from French opéra comique, which itself developed from comédies de vaudeville farcical entertainments performed at fairs by improvised Italian commedia dell’arte characters. With their spoken dialogue, self-contained musical numbers, and popular songs (vaudevilles), all of these genres strongly influenced today's musical theatre. Through the extraordinary voices of Luciano Pavarotti, Joan Sutherland, Patrice Munsel, Alfred Drake, George Hearn, Felicity Lott, Patti LuPone, MacDonald & Eddy, Maurice Chevalier, Placido Domingo, Ann Blyth, Fernando Lamas, Kristen Chenowith and others, we'll enjoy some of the most beloved music of these genres from La Belle Helene (Offenbach), The Merry Widow (Lehar), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Naughty Marietta (Herbert), The Student Prince (Romberg), Rose Marie (Friml), Candide (Bernstein), The Mikado (Gilbert & Sullivan), Bitter Sweet (Coward), The Barber of Seville (Rossini), Die Fledermaus (Strauss), Sweeney Todd (Sondheim) and more! Class session or sessions up to 4 hours
REMEMBERING THE GREAT DANE ... VICTOR BORGE Beloved world-renowned pianist and humorist Victor Borge, claimed, "Laughter is the closest distance between people." One of the 20th century's funniest performers, he devoted his career to making light of the pomposity and seriousness of the classic masters and their music. A brilliant concert pianist, he escaped Denmark shortly before the country was occupied by Nazi Germany. Arriving in the US with only a few dollars, he quickly found his way through talent, willpower, and joy in living toward making a worldwide impact in the entertainment world. Experience his enormous gifts through his story and his concerts. One class up to 2 hours or full class series of up to 4 hours
RICHARD RODGERS & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II: A CELEBRATION OF THE MEN & THEIR MUSIC In the 1940s and 1950s, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were American musical theatre. From Oklahoma to The Sound of Music, we'll examine their lives, explore their many contributions to the music and the art form, and appreciate their legacy of music. One session or class series up to 10 hours with live performance
SAVORING SOUTH PACIFIC - In April 1949, New York City's Majestic Theatre was the scene of the Broadway premiere of what would become one of the greatest musicals of the 20th century. South Pacific opened to unanimous raves following a pre-Broadway run in Connecticutt and Boston that was such a phenomenon that playwright George S. Kaufman joked that Boston theatregoers lining up at the Shubert Theatre "don't actually want anything ... They just want to push money under the doors." The musical was based on James A. Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning book published in 1947, a collection of stories inspired by Michener's observations while serving as US Navy Lieutenant Commander on the island of Espiritu Santo in the New Hebrides Islands during WWII. The stories "Fo' Dollah" and "Our Heroine," featuring Bloody Mary, Liat, Lieutenant Cable, Nellie Forbush and Emile de Becque, proved to be magnificent material for a musical adaptation by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan with score by Rodgers and Hammerstein. Since then, South Pacific has gone on to become a legend, not only for its nearly 5-year premiere Broadway stage run that took home ten Tony Awards, but in film, at Carnegie Hall, and in limitless revival worldwide. Enjoy this opportunity to truly appreciate the masterful collaboration of literary and musical talent that made South Pacific a feast for our senses. Class series up to 8 hours
SHALL WE DANCE: MUSICALS OF THE 1950's The 1950s brought new sophistication to musical theatre. Strong books heightened with words and music by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, Loesser, Bernstein, Sondheim, Styne, Harburg, Meredith Willson, and Adler & Ross, gave new focus to choreography by Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse. Class series up to 10 hours
SHOWBOAT: Nine Decades of an American Musical Extravaganza 2017 marks the 90th anniversary of America's first musical historical drama ... Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II's Showboat. Its depth, modernity, and provocative subjects revolutionized the musical theatre and exerted an enormous impact on all connected with the production. Examine positive and negative perceptions of its story and music through notable performances from 1927 to the present. Class series up to 10 hours with live performance
THE SIGNATURE SOUND OF SIGMUND ROMBERG - In 2012, we celebrated a centennial of the published music of Hungarian-born American composer Sigmund Romberg, whose scores to some 60 productions made an enormous mark on 20th century theatre and film. Educated in Vienna as an engineer, Romberg lucky for us studied composition on the side and came to select a career as a conductor and composer. His productions like Maytime, The Student Prince, The Desert Song, The New Moon, and Up In Central Park left a rich legacy of beloved soaring melodies and romantic stories for stage. Enjoy highlights of these scores in our musical tribute. Biographical sessions up to 4 hours
SOUND MIND AND BODY: HEALING THE BODY & SPIRIT WITH MUSIC: Learn the emotional and physical effect of sound and music on the human body and powerful ways to use music most beneficially. This program includes recorded musical excerpts of music genres from around the world, ancient to modern, with a discussion of their creative, energy, and physical effects. One session or class series up to 8 hours
THERE'S NO SHOW LIKE A MERMAN SHOW! THE UNFORGETTABLE ETHEL MERMAN - Any mention of a Merman show brings to mind many of Broadway's show-stoppers: I Got Rhythm, Eadie Was a Lady, Blow, Gabriel Blow, I Get a Kick Out of You, Friiendship, You're Just in Love, The Hostess with the Mostess, There's No Business Like Show Business, and Everything's Coming Up Roses, among so many others. She was a self-taught singer who never analyzed her own techniquewhich makes all the more hilarious her famous appearance on The Lucy Show in which Lucy Carmichael attempts to teach her how to sing. From her Broadway breakthrough in 1930, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin and other great composers loved her; they knew she would treat every note and every word as if it was gold. Said Berlin: "She's the best. You give her a bad song, and she'll make it sound good. Give her a good song, and she'll make it sound great. And you'd better write her a good lyric. The guy in the last row of the second balcony is going to hear every syllable." Her confidence in her performance was notoriously unshakeablebut her personal life that included 4 marriages ending in divorce was far less steady. Near the end, she was quoted as saying: "Broadway has been very good to mebut then I've been very good to Broadway." We'll discover how much in this biography. Class session(s) up to 4 hours
TIN PAN ALLEY TO HOLLYWOOD: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY STAGE & SCREEN - Vaudeville, Broadway and film music from the late 19th-century to present with a history of the American musical theatre, stories of the musicals and their creators, the compositions of the American stage musical and America's great composers and lyricists. Experience the lives, music, and productions of America's late nineteenth through 20th century theatre through live, video, and historic recordings and performances. One session or class series up to 16 hours with live performance
THE UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE Cole's warm, heartfelt ballads of the 50s and 60s have surpassed in fame his brilliant jazz, swing, and blues performances of the 30s and 40s. One of the most innovative musicians of his day, Cole's drummerless swing jazz trio was one of the finest improvisational combos in 20th century music. The visibility of Cole on television, film, and concert stage served as a prelude to the Civil Rights movement during a period of chaotic change. Cole was a pioneer on every front. His music and his integrity continue to evoke sighs of awe and appreciation. One session or two, up to 4 hours
THE WAY WE WERE: THE MARVIN HAMLISCH ERA As the Golden Era of the American musical came to a close after the 50's, the decades to follow brought a shift in musical attitudes. The result was a period of self-examination and experimentation within both conventional and non-conventional themes, stretching the boundaries of American musical theatre beyond anything the genre had experienced. Among the new generation of musical creators was the gifted young genius, Marvin Hamlisch. His film themes and scoresThe Way We Were, The Sting, A Chorus Line among themwere the very representation of their time. One of only three composers to win an Oscar, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy, Mahlisch also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Chorus Line in 1975. He and Richard Rodgers are the only people to win all five awards. Discover the man behind the music in this biographical tribute. Biographical session or sessions up to 4 hours
WOMEN'S VOICES OF BROADWAY & FILM - As part of Women's History Month, we honor the notable women composer/lyricists who broke the glass ceiling of the musical industry during the Golden Era of American Popular Music of the 1920's - 1960's when it was considered "immodest" and "inappropriate" for women to compete with men as songwriters. Though they enjoyed hits on stage and in film, they rarely received the degree of recognition or respect afforded men. As a result, we know few of their names, even as the names of their male colleagues and collaborators are world-renowned. Learn of the careers of these creative and courageous women, along with the catalogue of their songs that are beloved still. Our course examines the work and music/lyrics of Dorothy Fields, Ruth Lowe, Betty Comden, Ann Ronell, Kay Swift, Dana Suesse, Dory Preven, and Marilyn Bergman. Class series up to 8 hours
VOICES FOR CHANGE: AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC FROM ITS ROOTS TO TODAY With the 2018 centennial of the birth of Pete Seegeramong the most important musical and social voices in historyas well as the 60th anniversary of the modern folk music movement, we'll examine music's power to inspire social and economic change. Tracing the evolution of American "roots music"folk, blues, jazz, country, and gospelfrom America's earliest songs and social causes to the modern era, we'll hear the genius of Scott Joplin, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Woody Guthrie, the Carter Family, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Duke Ellington among others to discover how innovative writer/performers changed our perspective, not only in America, but worldwide. Class series up to 14 hours with live performance
WOODY GUTHRIE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES - Woody Guthrie and his fellow folk songsmiths represent an era of songwriting and social philosophy that spoke for the worker, the union, and the dream of a world harmony of race, creed and color. Their music and their causes deeply stirred the world and influenced generations future writers, composers, and activists. As we honor the centennial of Guthrie’s 1912 birth, we’ll rediscover and appreciate the life and work of Guthrie and his folk contemporaries: Pete Seeger and The Weavers, Odetta, The Carter Family, and Leadbelly whose music would inspire the folk revival of the late 50’s and early 60’s. Class series up to 8 hours
JOY'S DRAMATIZATION OF JOURNALIST-NOVELIST-PLAYWRIGHT EDNA FERBER
MAGIC OR MADNESS? EDNA FERBER (1885-1968) [Presented in Dramatic Format] In an original dramatic work by former St. Petersburg playwright Jan Taylor & Joy Katzen-Guthrie, inspired by the actual words of Edna Ferber, Joy presents a two-hour dramatic rendering of Edna Ferber, "the greatest, best read, novelist of her day" according to the New York Times. Ferber called her last autobiography "my love letter to America." Her great novels on stage and film include Show Boat, Cimmeron, So Big, Dinner at Eight, The Royal Family, Come and Get It, Saratoga Trunk, and Giant, all calling for an intense examination of American society and values and a return to American ideals. Edna was deeply proud of her Jewish heritage and wrote of it extensively. Moreover, her autobiographies of 1939 and 1963 reveal startling predictions for the future through 2010. Her magic or madness? Two-hour production [with stage set], followed by Q&A session. One ten-minute intermission. Click to DOWNLOAD a detailed description of Joy's Dramatization: Edna Ferber ... Magic or Madness
A WOMAN OF VALOR: EDNA FERBER (1885-1968) Lecture/Audio-Visual presentation Joy presents a lecture audio-visual presentation of the life and times of journalist-novelist-playwright Edna Ferber, "the greatest, best read, novelist of her day" according to the New York Times. Deeply proud of her Jewish heritage, Ferber wrote two autobiographies revealing her strong personal convictions. A professional newspaper journalist in the early 20th century when only a handful of women held that distinction, she was deeply devoted to social causes, human rights, and justice. Ferber’s investigative skills and her deep love of the United States fueled her ardent writings against injustice and intolerance. Among the most successful novelists and playwrights of her day, her works continue to be loved in the 21st century. Show Boat, Cimmeron, So Big, Dinner at Eight, The Royal Family, Come and Get It, Saratoga Trunk, and Giant among her other works call for an intense examination of American society and values and a return to true American ideals. Single or double session up to 4 hours
LECTURES AND NON-MUSIC-RELATED CLASSES ... AT THE LECTERN AND CLASSROOM
1962: A 50th Anniversary Retrospective - It was the year the Beatles, fresh off their stint at the Cavern Club, released their first record, Love Me Do. Jacqueline Kennedy led TV viewers through the White House and John Glenn orbited the earth. Adolf Eichmann was hanged in Israel, Andy Warhol premiered his Campbell’s Soup Cans exhibit, and Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose of sleeping pills. The superhero Spider Man made his first published appearance, Johnny Carson became the Tonight Show’s permanent host, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? opened on Broadway. James Meredith, escorted by Federal Marshals, registered as the first black student at the University of Mississippi and the Cuban Missile played out to an anxious world. Re-experience 1962 a time of joy, fear, and discovery. Class series up to 10s hours
A CINEMATIC SUMMER STROLL - Here's a fun thing to do on a hot summer day: enjoy a complilation of summer momentscomedic, dramatic, and musicalfrom classic films of the last 75 years. From favorites such as A Summer Stock, A Summer Place, Grease, Suddenly, Last Summer, Summer of '42, and In The Good Old Summertime, we'll remember those glorious, crazy, silly, shocking, bittersweet, surprising, funny, and romantic summer moments during summer vacation, at summer camp, for summer holidays and on long, summer nights. Class series up to 10 hours
AMERICA'S HUMORIST: MARK TWAIN - America's beloved humorist, Samuel Langhorn Clemens best known as Mark Twain ironically was not always a man of good humor. His remarkable success as journalist, author, and public speaker provided a vast audience for his jocular wit and stinging satire. He was friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty even as he hurled wicked sarcasms against politicians, fellow writers, governments, and individuals of every profession whose actions and opinions he found offensive. Though he perceived of satirical writing as a crude profession, his nimble wordplay and homespun speech brought joy to readers and audiences around the world. Twain's life was fraught with pain as he overcame bankruptcy, labored to preserve his integrity, agonized the deaths of wife and children, endured intense depression. He is admired today as the man William Faulkner called "the father of American literature." Class series up to 8 hours
APPRECIATING THE ART OF CARICATURE - Caricature is the art of exaggerating the characteristics or the essence of a subject in order to illustrate an idea or notion of the artist. A satirical technique in use for centuries, caricature at times insults, at times compliments. The artist may have a political or social agenda or simply be creating for entertainment. In print (Thomas Nast, Mort Drucker, Al Hirschfeld), in music (Victor Borge, Anna Russell, The Capital Steps), or in theatrical impersonation (Vaughn Meader, David Frye, Rich Little), the caricaturist oversimplifies aspects of the individual while blowing others completely out of proportion to portray the true nature of the subject. We’ll view and discuss the work of past and present master cartoonists, impressionists, and satirists for a greater appreciation of this often misunderstood art. Class series up to 14 hours
ASIA'S ANCIENT FAITHS: BUDDHISM, TIBETAN BUDDHISM, HINDUISM, TAOISM, and CONFUCIANISM Spiritual, philosophical, and cultural aspects of the ancient and modern faiths of Asia, spiced with music and audiovisual material. Learn the essential religious and social aspects of each of these faiths, their similarities and contrasts, and how they have influenced life in Asia and worldwide through the centuries. Course may be individualized to include any combination of faiths. One session or class series up to 20 hours
CARL REINER & MEL BROOKS: MASTER HUMORISTS First brought together when Reiner was co-starring on television with Sid Caesar and Brooks was a writer, these two created some of the best skits in comedy history. The two would go on to write, produce, and direct iconic productions in television, film and on stage. Rediscover their work and their comic genius through lectures, stories, and film and stage clips. Class series of up to 12 hours
CHANGING ROLES OF MEN AND WOMEN IN TODAY'S CHINA Modern China is changing at lightning speed, with traditional values and roles in social culture competing with a vast array of changing jobs, businesses, education, and societal values. We'll examine traditional and modern roles of men and women in China while discussing and viewing many of the current challenges, values, and expections of the new generation of China's industrial and technological entrepreneurs as well as its rural society. Single session up to 2 hours, or Class series of up to 12 hours
CHINA ... LAND OF MYTH AND MYSTERY: An extensive program that springs from Joy's travels as a heritage tour director in China and 6 travels throughout the country and experiences with the people. Video excerpts, music, and photographs of China enhance the program as Joy examines the spiritual philosophies, poetry, folk tales, and history of this land and its populations, both ancient and modern. One session or class series up to 20 hours
CHINA'S ANCIENT FAITHS: TAOISM, MAHAYANA BUDDHISM, CONFUCISM, TIBETAN BUDDHISM - Spiritual, philosophical, and cultural aspects of the ancient faiths unique to China, spiced with music and audiovisual material. Learn the essential religious and social aspects of each of these faiths, their similarities and contrasts, and how they have influenced life in China and worldwide through the centuries. Course may be individualized to include any combination of faiths. One session or class series up to 12 hours
FIVE COOL CATS: THE RAT PACK! - They were the top draw in Vegas and Hollywoodwood in the 50's and early 60's: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dean Martin, Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford. Their work both separate and together was legendary, and the public clamored to see them whenever there was an opportunity. We'll get to know each of these personalities through their personal lives and careers, films, concerts, and impromptu appearances together. Class series up to 10 hours
GENE KELLY: LIGHT AS AIR - Honoring Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly, third of 5 children, a professional by age eight. In the coming decade he would choreograph, teach, and direct his own dance studio before moving on to Broadway and Hollywood. Breaking new ground with his charisma and physically strenuous style melding ballet, tap, and modern dance. Kelly further contributed immensely to the development of new film lenses and cinematic techniques to expand the beauty and power of dance onscreen. He would in time be at the forefront of MGM’s outstanding musical repertory company, taking the studio to its creative heights. You’ll feel you can fly as you watch Kelly float through the air, a model of excellence that is among the greatest in dance history. Single session or class series up to 6 hours
GENIUSES OF COMEDY: SID CAESAR AND IMOGENE COCA - So much of today's comedy continues to be inspired by the legendary satire of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca along with their masterful cohorts and writers. Anything might happen in front of the live camera in America's golden era of television. Nothing was too silly or too small to be parodied on Your Show of Shows and the series that followed. Both separately and as a team, on stage, film, and television, Caesar and Coca are recognized as two of the finest comedians of the 20th century. Take a delightful time trip into their lives and their artistry and prepare to enjoy some of television's greatest laughs. Class series up to 10 hours
GOLDEN AGE OF TELEVISION - We call the earliest age of American commercial television from 1948 until 1960 the “Golden Age.” During this period, virtually every television program was live and almost everything that happened in the creation of programming was an innovation. Variety vaudeville-style shows proliferated, along with the developing genres of situation comedy, drama, westerns, game shows, crime dramas, and comedy sketch revues. As the economy grew and the era became known for its vast consumerism, advertisers took advantage of the new medium to present their products favorably before a national audience on a plethora of shows: Sundays with Ed Sullivan and the Colgate Comedy Hour. Tuesdays with Uncle Miltie in the Texaco Star Revue. Thursdays with Burns & Allen and Westinghouse Playhouse 90. Saturdays with Your Show of Shows. The pioneers of this new medium changed the way we viewed the world and ourselves. We’ll take a time trip through this important early era of television, experiencing notable highlights of the variety of genres available. Class series up to 10 hours
GREAT TELEVISION VARIETY SHOW MOMENTS - Watching variety shows of the 1950's, 1960's, and 1970's is aking to see a 20th century greatest hits of entertainment. Many of the revered stars of stage, film, music, and clubs made regular apeparances on these programs, presenting live performances of their hit songs, their stage acts, and their stand-up routines as well as appearing in skits and musical numbers featured on the programs. One never knew who might show up. Anything seemed possible. Memorable variety show hosts included Ed Sullivan, Carol Burnett, Dean Martin, Andy Willism, the Smothers Brothers, Perry Como, Milton Berle, Garry Moore, Sid Caesar, Frank Sinatra, Flip Wilson, Donny & Marie, Tony Orlando & Dawn, Richard Pryor, and Johnny Cash among many many others. What surprises await you in this course? A cavalcade of stars and a time capsule of Television's great three-decade variety show era, bringing a flood of memorie and magical television moments. Class series of up to 10 hours
HUMOR & COMEDY, AMERICAN STYLE How each of us views comedy is a reflection of our view of the world. From stand-up to teams to TV sitcoms and beyond, we'll trace America’s history of comedy and our unique comedic styles. We'll discover influences of ethnic groups in modern American comedy and learn how humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves can transcend cultural barriers. We'll also learn about physical and psychological benefits of laughter from the latest published research laughing all the way! As Charlie Chaplin said, “Comedy keeps the heart sweet.”
Sessions: Comedy & Satire, Comedy in Music, Comedy in Dance, Comedy in TV, up to 2 hours each
THE JEWS OF CHINA: LAND OF MYTH AND MYSTERY, SILK ROAD TO SHANGHAI: the amazing story of Jews from the last thirteen centuries who made their way into China, as well as modern Jews of China and the relationship between Israel and China, with photographs, resource information,CD/DVD materials. One session or class series up to 10 hours
THE JEWS OF TURKEY: A 2400 YEAR HISTORY - Turkey rich with a deep, warm Jewish history and is the only country to span two continents, literally a bridge between East and West, the meeting point of Europe and Asia. Culturally, Turkey has evolved through a succession of many of the world’s greatest civilizations and is the location of magnificent Greek, Roman, Jewish, Christian, Sufi, and Ottoman Empire artifacts, including some of the world's oldest Jewish settlements and opulent Ottoman-era synagogues. A rich Jewish story is to be found in the ruins of Ephesus and the ancient city of Thyatira, as well as Sardis with its Sardis Synagogue dating from the 3rd century BCE when King Antiochus III encouraged Jews from Babylonia and other nations to settle here. Izmir's thriving Jewish community dates to the 2nd century and still maintains its Street of Synagogues. And the Jewish community of Istanbul remains active even as recent political and social changes have challenged the community. Joy share's highlights of Turkey's Jewish history, as well as photographs from her Jewish Heritage Tour to Turkey in Fall 2012.
LATE NIGHT LEGEND JOHNNY CARSON - One of television's true legends, mutli-award winning late night talk host, Johnny Carson, was a genius of casual conversation and comedy. Born in Corning, Iowa, his family moved to Norfolk, Nebraska, the town he called home from the age of eight. As a teenager, Carson displayed budding entertainment talent when he purchased a mail order magic kit and practiced day and night. By 14, he was entertaining locally as "The Great Carsoni." The magic cards and tricks joined him as he continued to perform while in the Navy, at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as a local emcee, and in a broadcast career that began in 1950. Extraordinary skills as a comic, satirist, conversationalist, and TV host were apparent as Carson moved to California and stretched his television experience within interview formats, game shows, prime time and variety programs. Some were forgotten virtually overnight. Others allowed him to display his spontaneous wit, rocketing him to fame as a daytime and later nighttime sensation. Debuting as host of the Tonight Show along with his sidekick Ed McMahon, Carson blazed new territory with unique continuing characters and sketches and a format that became the template for all late night interview shows to follow. We'll view Carson's extraordinary life from his childhood to his final show, see him privately and publicly, and enjoy highlights from the best of his television career a career that spanned five decades and influenced popular television creativity and culture perhaps more than that of any other individual in history. Biographical sessions up to 4 hours
LEGENDARY WOMEN OF BIOGRAPHICAL BROADWAY MUSICALS: ANNIE OAKLEY, GYPSY ROSE LEE, FANNY BRICE, EVA PERON - Biographical Musicals: Truth or Fantasy? In this course, we examine 4 great historical women and the musical productions that re-envisioned them to fantastic acclaim. Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun), Gypsy Rose Lee (Gypsy), Fanny Brice (Funny Girl), and Eva Peron (Evita). As we view their actual lives and careers, you'll discover how much is fact and how much is fiction. We'll come to know these diverse, powerful, influential, and fascinatng women through their biographies, vintage photographic and film footage of their lives and work, and the treatment of their lives and characters both on stage and in film. Did the musicals get it right? Was the real Annie Oakley at all like Irving Berlin's? Did Louise Hovick, aka Gypsy Rose Lee, really develop her racy career in burlesque against the backdrop of her Mama Rose's vaudeville as we see in Gypsy? How does the actual Fanny Brice look and sound compared to Barbra Streisand's iconic portrayal? Does the tale of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Eva Peron hold a candle to the life of Argentina's heroine? You might be fascinated by what you thought was truthas well as the true lives of these notable women. Class series of up to 10 hours
MAKE ROOM FOR DANNY THOMAS - One of nine children born to Syrian-Lebanese Catholic parents, Danny Thomas made his way as a performer through work in radio and nightclubs. It was not an easy journey. In a moment when he was most down and out, he vowed that if he became successful, he would dedicate a shrine to St. Jude, the patron saint of hopeless causes. With his extraordinary success in television and film by the early 50's, he took steps to bring his promise to fruition. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis became the first facility to treat children of every color and financial status from all 50 states and around the world, seeking cures to terminal children's illness and saving countless lives. Thomas lives on in a legacy of lasting music, love, and hope. One or two sessions up to 4 hours
MASTERS OF STAND-UP COMEDY What makes us laugh? Comedy reaches us on many levels: age, culture, background, ethnicity, tradition, social interests. From the wild to the wacky, the intellectual to the slapstick, impressionists, ventriloquists, impersonators, comedy teams, satirists, and solo comics, we’ll view and hear classic and rising 20th century masters of stand-up comedy from among: Jack Benny, Martin & Lewis, Carol Burnett, Nichols & May, Vaughan Meader, Woody Allen, Jackie Mason, Bob Newhart, Frank Gorshin, Alan King, Mort Sahl, Art Buchwald, Smothers Brothers, Bill Cosby, John Byner, Rowan & Martin, Lily Tomlin, Rich Little, David Frye, George Carlin, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor, David Letterman, Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGenerres, John Pinette, Robin Williams, Julia Sweeney, Axis of Evil Tour, Dana Carvey, Frank Calliendo, D.L. Hughley, Natasha Leggero, and more. Class series up to 12 hours
MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE: A RICH LEGACY OF MUSIC, CULTURE, AND HISTORY - As a native Memphian, Joy Katzen-Guthrie is passionate about Memphis. She will share this expanded exploration into the city’s rich culture and history as home to Southeastern Indian tribes such as the Chickasaw to its heartbreaking role on the Trail of Tears, its connection to Spanish and French exploration, the slave trade, steamboat travel, and cotton. With its history of both social strife and civil rights, the city today takes deep pride in the legendary Beale Street, Sun Studios, Stax Records, Graceland, WDIA (America’s first all-black music format) and pioneering deejays. From its status as the "filthiest town in America" and the terror of devastating Yellow Fever epidemics, the city transformed itself into an international model of medical care and research and a state-of-the-art transportation hub. Learn of the city's landmarks, the Memphis Belle, FedEx, the Peabody Hotel and so much more through extensive photographs and videos. Class series up to 12 hours
MIKE NICHOLS: ACTOR, WRITER, DIRECTOR, PRODUCER Beginning his entertainment career as half of the comedy team of Nichols & May, Mike Nichols has gone on to write, produce, and direct in film, television, and theatre with productions enshrined in popular culture: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, The Graduate, Catch-22, Carnal Knowledge, Silkwood, Day of the Dolphin, The Fortune, Wit, Angels in America, Working Woman, Heartburn, Primary Colors, Postcards from the Edge, Biloxi Blues, Wolf, Regarding Henry, The Bird Cage, The Designated Mourner, Spamalot, Closer, Charlie Wilson's War, and more. In this extended six-session course, we'll explore Nichol's poignant ancestry and background experience, his comedic material with Elaine May, the many honors and accolades from others regarding his work, and highlights of virtually every one of his film productions from 1966 through 2007. Class Series of up to 14 hours
NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES: After Life … What? A fascinating and indepth discovery of the universal characteristics of Near Death Experiences and actual NDEs, as well as worldwide philosophies and rituals connected with death and dying. Includes audiovisual resources and handouts. One session or class series up to 6 hours
PRINCIPLES OF FENG SHUI - An overview of the development of the mystical and scientific art of Feng Shui from ancient Taoist pracice to modern practice in Chinese and Western life, architecture, and landscape. You will discover new ways of creating your home and surroundings with the goal of enchanced beauty, comfort, well being, and emotional and physical healthfulness. Class session up to 4 hours with audio/visual materials
RADIO COMEDY IN AMERICA: Five Decades of Laughter From Sam and Henry to Weber and Fields, Duffy's Tavern to Fibber McGee and Molly, Fred Allen to Jack Benny, Vic and Sade to Bergen and McCarthy, Ed Wynn to Milton Berle, Bob and Ray to Chicken Man, Henry Aldrich to A Date with Judy -- highlights of five decades of radio comedy. Re-discover the medium of imagination through radio broadcasts from the 20s through the 70s -- and the integral role that radio played in American life during the first half of the 20th century. Class series up to 6 hours
REMOTE JEWS OF THE DIASPORA: Discover unique customs, experiences, and challenges of Jews living in remote parts of the world or living remotely within America. How have these individuals and families retained their cultural identity when settling within Hindu, Confucian, Taoist, Buddhist, Muslim, and Christian societies? What is their level of observance compared to Jews in larger and more accessible communities? Experience Judaism’s resilience and the distinctiveness of each remote Jewish community, even as each strives to be part of the whole. One session up to 2 hours
SATIRISTS FROM MARK TWAIN TO JON STEWART Wherever organized government exists ... so does political satire. Examine some of the best American political and social satirists and humorists and discover why their humor is timeless, including Mark Twain, Stan Freberg, Art Buchwald, Tom Lehrer, Mort Sahl, George Carlin, Vaughn Meader, David Frye, Rich Little, Saturday Night Live, Late Night & Cable Television, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and much more. Class series up to 10 hours
SILK ROAD TO SHANGHAI: ANCIENT & MODERN JEWISH COMMUNITIES OF CHINA - This enlightening lecture and audio-visual program of the Jewish presence in China over more than a millennium in communities such as Kaifeng, Shanghai, Tianjin, Harbin, and Hong Kong features photographs of Jewish China in artifacts and communities, as well as and photographs from the six Jewish Heritage Tours that Joy has led to China. Class session of 1.5 hours to full class of 10 hours
SUPERSTAR OF SHOWBIZ: MICKEY ROONEY - His colleagues consistently referred to him as the most talented entertainer of the 20th century, at home acting, singing, dancing, emceeing, and playing a variety of musical instruments. A superstar by his teenage years, Mickey Rooney experienced excessive rises and falls in a career spanning an astonishing 8 decades and some 300 films. From childhood vaudeville and film debuts through decades of film, television, and stage success and 8 marriages, he never blinked. Earning millions, he nevertheless declared bankruptcy in 1962 and the loss of virtually all his savings by the time he died this year at 93. We will get to know this last living superstar of the era of the great studios. Biography class up to 4 hours
THE LAUGHMASTER: CAROL BURNETT - Here is a woman who truly has done it all. Stand-up and screwball comedian (in an era when a refined woman just didn't DO that sort of thing), Tony-Award winning musical star and actress, creator & host of one of the most successful television series in history (The Carol Burnett Show ran for 11 years and won more than 20 Emmy Awards), Golden-Globe nominated dramatic and comedic film and television actress, top-selling writer (Her 2010 autobiography This Time Together, was re-released in paperback in March 2011.), Emmy and Golden-Globe award-winning recurring and guest star of numerous television series and TV specials for three decades, recipient of a Peabody Award, 2003 Kennedy Center Honors, and Presidential Metal of Freedom in 2005. Simply put, Burnett has enjoyed one of the longest and most beloved careers in show business. Yet she writes that many of her fondest memories are from her renowned Q&A session with her audiences. Recognized not only for her amazing wit, physical flexibility, and brilliant solo comic and dramatic instincts, her Carol Burnett Show is additionally notable as one of the finest ensemble works ever created. It is impossible to think of Burnett without recalling her sidekicks, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner. Their classic skits like Mr. Tudball & Mrs. Wiggins, Mama's Family, and Went With the Wind have become legendary and were often unrehearsed in order to allow sponteneity. The family-friendly variety comedy of The Carol Burnett Show is a lost art. "I never purposefully wanted to hurt anybody or get edgy without really being funny," says Burnett. Her physical skills, costumes, pratfalls, and brilliance of timing still inspire huge guffaws from her audiences today. Burnett will always be remembered for her creativity, her authenticity, and her class. Biography session up to 4 hours
TWO BABES IN HOLLYWOOD: MICKEY ROONEY & JUDY GARLAND - The remarkable film, television, and stage careers of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were punctuated by prolific talent and energy, the adulation of an adoring worldwide public, and heartwrenching, tumultnous public and private rises and falls. Through it all, these two remained dear friends with a unique understanding of one another's talents and needs as well as the astonishing demands of the studio system they helped building. In Hollywood's fantasy world, any challenge could be overcome by putting on a show. In reality, unhappy marriages, poor management, financial declines, physicial exhaustion, and substance abuse plagued them continuously. The heart and soul of their genius continue to inspire and uplift generation after generation. Class series up to 10 hours
WILD, WACKY, WONDERFUL ONE-OF-A-KIND JONATHAN WINTERS - This is a man who, when given a simple prop like a stick, could present a freestyle improvisation in which the stick was transformed into a fishing rod, spear, giant beetle antenna, hatchet, and Bing Crosby's golf club. Every transformationvocally, visually, and textuallywas brilliant, all from the spontaneous top of Jonathan Winters' zany mind. More comedians refer to him as comedy's greatest genius than any other comedian in histroy. Robin Williams has described Winters as "a rebel without a pause," and his comedy recordings as "auditory bliss." From Maude Frickert to Chester Honeyhugger, his characters became iconic figures in their own right. Jonathan's wife Eileen claimed that Jonathan went through his terrible 2'sbut that they lasted 20 years. Winters' own crazy experiences in life fueld his erratic, unconventional nuttiness on stage. He voluntarily committed himself and spent 8 months in a psychiatric hospital. Get to know the man and his work better through this look at Jonathan Winters' life, loves, characters, and career. Biography session up to 4 hours
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