ACADEMY AWARD-WINNING SONGS (Concert or Concert Series): Since 1934, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members who are songwriters and composers annually nominate the finest songs of the year in film, selecting the winning composer and lyricist as well as song. Take a delightful time trip through Oscar-winning songs—and be equally amazed by the nominated songs that did NOT win the Oscar.
AMERICA’S SINGING SWEETHEARTS—Jeanette MacDonald & Nelson Eddy (AV Class or Series): In the 30s and 40s, MacDonald & Eddy were beloved for film classics that still enchant. Their beauty together onscreen mirrors Hollywood fantasy—but hides the tragedy of their lives that we will discover in this course.
AN AMERICAN SONGBOOK (Concert or AV Class or Class Series): A musical journey through songs & stories of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, film and many of America’s most endearing composers and productions.
A SERVING OF IRVING! Life & Times of Irving Berlin (Concert Class/Series, AV Class/Series): From a piano player in the backroom of a Bowery saloon to world-respected, prolific songwriter, Berlin never learned to read music, yet left a vast catalog of exquisitely crafted songs that define the American musical tradition. He was and will continue to be a pivotal figure within American popular music & stage/screen.
CRAZY FOR COLE (Concert/Concert Series, or AV Class/Class Series): From his youth in Indiana through his celebrated life in New York, Paris, London and Hollywood, the complexity of Cole Porter and the craft of his music will be conveyed through his life experience, productions, and recollections of his colleagues.
DOROTHY FIELDS—MERELY MARVELOUS (Concert/Concert Series, or AV Class/Class Series): What a shame lyricist Dorothy Fields is so often overlooked among her contemporaries. Not only for the brilliance and timelessness of her writing, but for her perseverance as a woman in an industry notorious for its glass ceiling, she stood on a level playing field with the finest of her male colleagues in the music industry.
ELEGANT LADY OF TAP—ANN MILLER (AV Class/Class Series): With a dancing career that began at age 11, this prodigy—who initially learned dance as a means to ease the effects of rickets—came to be heralded by MGM as tapping 500 times per minute. She was the elegant representation of the studio system at its best.
ESTHER WILLIAMS—SWIMMING INTO OUR HEARTS (AV Class/Class Series): At 16, she was a three-time national champion, soon to be a member of the 1940 US Olympic team when WWII intervened. But Esther Williams still struck gold—as the sensation of showman Billy Rose’s Aquacade and as MGM’s Bathing Beauty—developing a Hollywood musical genre that led to synchronized swimming as an Olympic sport.
A GERSHWIN TRIBUTE—STRIKE UP THE PIANO! (Concert) From Swanee to S'Wonderful, their songs reflect the highest standard. The music and productions, their appreciation of one another, and their abiding love of the theatre live on. Enjoy highlights of their finest songs and achievements of their careers.
GENE KELLY—LIGHT AS AIR (AV Class or Series): Breaking new ground with a charismatic, physically strenuous style that melded ballet, tap, and modern dance, Kelly was at the forefront of MGM’s brilliant musical repertory company—but there is so much more to his life and legacy that you'll discover.
HEART & SOUL OF FRANK LOESSER (AV Class or Class Series: Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer/lyricist Frank Loesser contributed to more than 700 songs and crafted iconic productions of the 40s-60s Broadway stage like Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business. And he was as colorful as his characters.
HELLO DOLLY! HELLO, MAME! HELLO, JERRY! THE SPARKLE OF COMPOSER/LYRICIST JERRY HERMAN (AV Class Series): Composer/lyricist Jerry Herman—creator of the iconic Milk and Honey, Hello, Dolly! Mame, and La Cage Aux Folles—knew spectacular success and failure both. His productions were both blockbusters and heroic statements. It is still “The Best of Times” for Jerry Herman and his musicals.
IRRESISTIBLE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN (Concert/Concert Series, or AV Class/Class Series): Nominated for 30+ Oscars, Sammy Cahn’s list of lyrics reads like a history of 20th century popular song. Learn of the man and his writing process—and of the films, collaborations, and little-known stories behind the songs.
I’VE HEARD THAT SONG BEFORE: HIT PARADE MEMORIES (Concert/Concert Series or AV Class/Class Series) From the mid 30’s to the mid 50’s, Your Hit Parade acknowledged America’s songwriters and their hits. During this period were created some of our most distinctive melodies and lyrics that transformed music worldwide. Joy takes you on a sentimental journey through top songs on the hit parade charts.
JULIE ANDREWS—A LIFE OF BEAUTY AV Class or Class Series): After a 7-decade-plus career, Dame Julie Andrews still inspires as she has inspired three generations. She has demonstrated brilliance and personal strength in a career of enormous triumphs and some great losses. Through stage, radio, film, TV, recordings, internet, and her many published writings, Julie Andrews continues to make the world more beautiful.
KERN—MUSICAL VISIONARY (AV Class or Class Series) From Show Boat to Swing Time, Jerome Kern was among America's most gifted composers and innovators of the American musical theatre and 20th century popular music—and among the most influential composers to generations of future writers of theatre.
LEGENDARY COMPOSERS OF MUSICAL THEATRE (Concert or Concert Series—or AV Class/Class Series): The American stage—brimming with timeless songs, productions, and energy of innovative writers—has been the creative playground where visionaries could experiment. Their invention and fearlessness transformed the musical theatre, inspiring an evolution in America's view of itself. NOTE: This course can be tailored to specific eras, decades and composers/lyricists of the 20th and 21st century.
LEGENDARY WOMEN OF BIOGRAPHICAL BROADWAY: ANNIE OAKLEY, FANNY BRICE, GYPSY, AND EVITA (AV Class Series): Biographical Musicals—Truth or fantasy? Four powerful historical women and the musicals that re-envisioned them: Annie Oakley (Annie Get Your Gun),Gypsy Rose Lee (Gypsy), Fanny Brice (Funny Girl) and Eva Peron (Evita). Was the real Annie Oakley like Irving Berlin’s? Did Gypsy Rose Lee really develop her racy career against the backdrop of her stage mama’s control in Gypsy? How does the real Fanny Brice compare to Streisand’s portrayal? Does Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Eva Peron hold a candle to Argentina’s heroine? You might be surprised by the truth!
LENA HORNE—TIMELESS VOICE OF GRACE (AV Class or Class Series): When she died at age 92—Lena was still making appearances after 75 years passionately devoted to music and to breaking barriers in civil rights and human dignity. She is among the most admired film, concert, recording artists of her century.
LEONARD BERNSTEIN—INNOVATOR AND INSPIRATION (AV Class or Class Series): One of America’s most influential figures in 20th century music, Bernstein’s life and creations as pianist, composer, orchestrator, conductor, concert artist, and lecturer/teacher reflect his brilliance, passion, empathy, and self-conflict.
OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MELODY! RICHARD RODGERS & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (Concert or AV Class or AV Class Series): Since 1943, when Broadway audiences first heard the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! through the 17 years that followed, this collaboration changed the course of the modern American musical theatre as none before. Rediscover their remarkable music and achievements.
SAVORING SOUTH PACIFIC (AV Class or Class Series): In April 1949, Broadway's Majestic Theatre hosted the premiere of one of the greatest musicals of the 20th century. James A. Michener’s 1947 Pulitzer Prize-winning Tales of the South Pacific proved magnificent for a stunning musical adaptation.
SIGMUND ROMBERG: SIGNATURE SOUND (AV Class Series): This gifted Hungarian-born American composer integrated fundamental principles of 19th century Viennese operetta with 20th century American popular music to create hugely successful scores. Bridging musical worlds, he left a rich legacy of soaring melodies and romantic productions that are as beloved today as the era in which they were composed.
STREISAND—MORE THAN A FUNNY LADY (AV Class or Class Series): Six decades ago, Streisand became one of the industry’s rare examples of an overnight sensation. She is the only woman to have mastered Broadway, pop 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.
SUPERSTAR OF SHOWBIZ: MICKEY ROONEY (AV Class or Class Series): His colleagues called him the most talented entertainer of the 20th century. Acting, singing, dancing, emceeing, playing a variety of musical instruments, he was a superstar by his teens with excessive rises and falls in a career of 8 decades.
THERE’S NO SHOW LIKE A MERMAN SHOW: THE UNFORGETTABLE ETHEL MERMAN (AV Class or Class Series): She was a self-taught singer who never analyzed her own technique. From 1930, every notable composer and lyricist loved her, knowing she would treat each note and word like gold. Said Irving 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." Rediscover the life and legend of Ethel Merman.
THE WAY WE WERE: THE MARVIN HAMLISCH ERA (AV Class or Class Series): Among a new generation of musical creators, Hamlisch and his film themes and scores—The Way We Were, The Sting, A Chorus Line among them—were a representation of their time. One of only three composers to win an Oscar, Tony, Grammy, and Emmy, he also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for A Chorus Line in 1975.
TWO BABES IN HOLLYWOOD—MICKEY ROONEY & JUDY GARLAND (AV Class or Class Series): The remarkable careers of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland were punctuated by prolific talent and energy, the adulation of an adoring worldwide public, and heart wrenching, tumultuous 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.
“YIP” HARBURG: A VOICE OF CONSCIENCE (AV Class or Class Series Series): How well we know his songs and scores like Wizard of Oz, Finian’s Rainbow, and Cabin in the Sky. Few are aware of the gifted lyricist of those works (among others), his innovations in American musical theatre, his dedication to social reform and equality or of the years he and his music were blacklisted and his deeply personal fight for freedom.
BROADWAY TO HOLLYWOOD: HIGHLIGHTS FROM AMERICA’S EARLY MUSICAL THEATRE (Concert or AV Class Series): A fascinating journey through development of the American musical and the creators of Tin Pan Alley, Vaudeville, Broadway, and early Hollywood.
CHANGING TIMES & TASTES: BROADWAY MUSICALS OF THE 60s & 70s (AV Class Series): As the Golden Era of the American musicals ended in the 50s, the next two decades brought a shift in attitudes. An eclectic period of transition, these decades blend the traditional musical with the pop/rock musicals and experimental scores.
CONTEMPORARY BROADWAY: BERNSTEIN TO MIRANDA (AV Class Series): Explore the best of the contemporary Broadway musical and its redevelopment, from West Side Story to Hamilton.
FILM MUSICALS OF THE 1930s—Top Hat, Feather, and Tails! (AV Class Series): Discover how studios of the 1930s employed the new sound technology and the era's popular music to lift spirits during the Great Depression and firmly establish the film musical genre.
FILM MUSICALS OF THE 1940s—Begin The Beguine! (AV Class Series): Discover how simplistic, glamorous films of the 40s both supported and offered escape from the war cause, establishing many of the most successful musical careers in Hollywood during this decade.
FILM MUSICALS OF THE 1950s—Shall We Dance? (AV Class Series): Discover how the 50s brought new sophistication to film musicals—with realism through the craft of the integrated musical, with the wide screen, and with advanced cameras and filmmaking techniques.
GOLDEN AGE OF BROADWAY—BERLIN TO BERNSTEIN (Concert/Concert Series or AV Class/Class Series): Re-live the extraordinary decades of the 1910s through 1950s and this era's musical comedy and musical drama masterpieces from Berlin's Watch Your Step to Bernstein's West Side Story. NOTE: The length of this concert or series determines the range of musical material within the presentation.
HOOFERS & TAPPERS: GREAT DANCE MOMENTS ON STAGE & FILM (AV Class Series): Filmmakers learned early to powerfully convey the exuberance of dance. From Bojangles to Busby Berkeley, Kelly & Astaire, Rogers & Charisse, Keeler & Powell, the Nicholas Brothers, Robbins, Fosse, Hines and many more, you'll experience samples of unforgettable choreographers and technicians of dance in film.
HOLLYWOOD MOVIE MOGULS (AV Class Series): Exploring the Hollywood studios from the early 1900s to the end of the film studio era in the late 50s, rediscover the achievements and creations of the legendary movie moguls and their studios.
INVENTING AMERICA—MUSICAL AMERICANA FROM COHAN TO MIRANDA (AV Class Series): The story of America is told on the Broadway stage through the likes of Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Show Boat, Porgy & Bess, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Fiorello, Funny Girl, Gypsy, West Side Story, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Hello, Dolly!, 1776, Hair, Ragtime, Assassins, Rags, In The Heights and Hamilton.
LEGENDARY COMPOSERS OF MUSICAL THEATRE (Concert Series or AV Class Series): An in-depth examination of the American musical stage—with its innovative songs, productions, and writers. Their fearlessness and invention transformed the musical theatre, inspiring an evolution in America's view of itself.
“LET’S PUT ON A SHOW!" (AV Class Series): We let the experts like Mickey & Judy do the work as we re-experience the glorious Show-Within-A-Show Musicals. Learn so some of the most lavish and supremely entertaining performances from the star-studded musical rosters of Hollywood.
LYRICISTS AND LYRICS OF 20TH CENTURY POPULAR MUSIC (Concert Series): Lyrics often are the forgotten ingredient in great song. This exploration of notable lyrics/lyricists of stage, vaudeville, cinema, and popular recording will exemplify the art of a great lyric.
MUSICALS OF THE ME GENERATION (AV Class Series): Me Generation Musicals have proven far more resilient than anyone expected. The shift from the free-spirited 60s to Self-Involved 70s inspired productions that celebrated personal transformation and the individual power to overcome limitation. Highlights of the decade include A Chorus Line, Saturday Night Fever, Evita, Chicago, Godspell, Company, Pippin, The Wiz, Sweeney Todd, and Jesus Christ Superstar.
SHOW BOAT—NINE DECADES OF AN AMERICAN MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA (AV Class Series): 2022 marks the 95th anniversary of America’s first musical historical drama—Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat. Its depth, modernity, and provocative subject matter revolutionized musical theatre and impacted all connected with the production. Hear positive and negative perceptions of its story and music through notable performances from 1927 to the present.
SINGING AND DANCING AROUND THE WORLD: THE MEMORABLE PLACES IN MUSICALS (AV Class Series): Journey from Memphis to Brooklyn, Brigadoon to Oz, Lictenburg to London, Venice to Vermont, Oklahoma to Paree. You never know what landscapes pop up in this musical salute to the extraordinary musical settings.
TIN PAN ALLEY QUARTET OF GENIUSES: Kern, Berlin, Gershwin, Porter (Concert Series or AV Class Series): Four innovators of the 20th century entertainment business whose vision changed American music forever. Kern's skill led to the development of the integrated musical and a standard of highest integrity. Berlin captured the colloquialism of America's melting pot. Gershwin's music resonated the voice of New York City during the Jazz Era. And Cole Porter expanded sophistication to its furthest.
TIN PAN ALLEY TO HOLLYWOOD: 19TH & 20TH CENTURY STAGE & SCREEN (AV Class Series): 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.
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A NEW YEAR—A NEW DECADE—A NEW SONG! MUSICAL MOMENTS FROM DECADES PAST (Concert or Concert Series): At the piano, Joy brings memorable stories, news events, and melodies that opened & closed every new decade from 1900 to 2020. What a trip through history! You'll be astounded how much you remember, how much you didn't know, and so many favorite melodies and memories.
CAB CALLOWAY—JAZZ AGE SHOWMAN (AV Class): The hepster of jive, jazz scat pioneer, Cabell Calloway III was notorious for his highly-energized dress, manner, and vocal/conducting style in a flourishing career of nearly 70 years. With his hot swing/jump style, he helped forge the big band genre and today's R&B.
CAROLE KING AND HER TAPESTRY OF SONG (AV Class or Class Series): Her talent at the piano was obvious by age four, her hit songwriting established by her early 20s, leading to a blockbuster solo career as one of the most prolific and influential pop songwriter/recording artists in history. Discover the remarkable talents and music of one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century.
CHART-TOPPING SOUNDS OF THE 60s—THE DECADE THAT HAD IT ALL (AV Class Series) The 60s may have been the most eclectic musical decade in American history. From stage, film, record, and concert, experience the highlights of the decade's Folk, R&B, MOR, Pop/Rock, and Stage/Film music classics.
CHART-TOPPING SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES—DOO-WOP TO DOOBY-DOOBY-DOO (AV Class or Class Series) Doo Wop, The Surfer Sound, and the Classic MOR Popular Songbook artists of the decade are among the artists of the 60s who melded classic songs of previous decades and new repertoire into a distinctive musical experience that helped define the decade.
CHART-TOPPING SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES—GROOVIN' TO THE BEAT (AV Class or Class Series): Blues, R&B, Soul and Funk heavily influenced the British Invasion, with the two feeding one another. A deep appreciation of American blues and soul inspired British rebellion by emulating the roots music and soul artists. Today, these are still among the top-selling and best loved songs of the century.
CHART-TOPPING SOUNDS OF THE SIXTIES—POWER TO THE PEOPLE! (AV Class or Class Series) Folk, West Coast Pop-Rock and Folk-Rock was shaped by a message of social and civil rights, peace, and free love. Though the themes were spread by youth, the music entertained audiences of all social backgrounds.
COMEDY IN MUSIC—THE BEST MEDICINE! (AV Class or Class Series) What better way to fight a pandemic than with the musical humor of Fanny Brice, Barbra Streisand, Martha Raye, Milton Berle, Anna Russell, Spike Jones, the Marx Brothers, Victor Borge, Fats Waller, Betty Hutton, Carol Burnett, Danny Kaye, PDQ Bach, and Tom Lehrer among others. You'll even discover that classical composers had a sense of humor!
ELLA FITZGERALD—FIRST LADY OF SONG (AV Class or Class Series): Ella’s impeccable vocal purity, phrasing, diction, timbre and intonation distinguish her as one of the most revered vocalists of the 20th century—the First Lady of Song. Working with 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.
THE EXTRAORDINARY MISS PEGGY LEE (AV Class or Class Series): Regal and elegant Peggy Lee was described as having a personality and thoughtfulness as lovely and sophisticated as her music. Admired not only as a singer, but as a songwriter and actress, she worked with many of the best bandleaders & vocalists in the business, sought out as one of the finest interpreters of the American popular songbook.
FILM SCORES OF THE AMERICAN CINEMA (AV Class Series): How is music constructed for film and how does it support visual images? Imagine Gone With the Wind, Psycho, Ben Hur, Robin Hood, A Streetcar Named Desire, Days of Wine and Roses, The Ten Commandments or Star Wars without their passionate scores. We will analyze samples of film scores from the early talkies to the present and discover their power.
FIVE COOL CATS—THE RAT PACK! (AV Class Series) The top draw in Vegas and Hollywood in the 50’s and early 60’s, Sinatra, Davis, Martin, Bishop, and Lawford worked both separately and together. Get to know each of these personalities through their lives, films, concerts, and impromptu appearances together.
HELEN REDDY—A LIFE ROOTED IN STRENGTH (AV Class or Class Series): In 1972, when Congress completed passage of the ERA, an Australian singer/songwriter released a song that became, practically overnight, an anthem for girls and women around the world. It was their song—but it was hers as well. "I am woman” was the ethos of the woman who wrote and recorded it as she became a global superstar.
HONORING EARTH DAY—A GOOD PLANET IS HARD TO FIND (Concert): Composers and lyricists have long painted images into their songs of and the rush of emotions from the beauty of the sky, sea, and land. Joy shares both fun and poignant songs and stories at the piano that remind us how much we love our planet.
IN LOVE WITH LONDON—CELEBRATING THE BRITISH (AV Class or Class Series)! Celebrate London and British music and history with music ranging from the Elizabethan to the modern British stage. Along the way see performances from Shakespeare, Handel, Gilbert & Sullivan, Jerome Kern, Gershwin, Lerner & Loewe, Lionel Bart, Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse—along with the talents of Julie Andrews, Petula Clark, Gertrude Lawrence, Noel Coward, Vera Lynn, Angela Lansbury, and more.
JOYOUS MUSICAL CELEBRATIONS—UPLIFTING SONGS AND STORIES OF THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE (Concert): Joy presents a blend from musical traditions around the world with folk, pop, stage/film, Hebrew/Yiddish, and original songs woven together with poignant stories of the human experience.
MUSICA BELLA! A CELEBRATION OF ITALIAN AMERICAN CROONERS (AV Class): Celebrate Italian American heritage with a tribute to Italian American crooners. From rich, luscious ballads to comedic novelty, the music of the likes of Sinatra, Como, Martin, and Bennett never goes out of style.
THE MUSICAL MAJESTY OF MANCINI (AV Class or Class Series): The unprecedented 72 Grammys and 18 Oscars for which he was nominated attest to the power of Henry Mancini’s music. 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.
PERRY COMO—THE HIGHEST STANDARD (AV Class): Pierino Ronald Como was 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, his record sales were among the highest of any entertainer in history and he was respected as a man of the deep principals and authenticity.
PETULA CLARK—LIVING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST (AV Class or Class Series): A career spanning 7 decades began as a child star during World War II, then to French recording/concert artist, then to one of the most successful recording/concert artists of the 60s and then to Hollywood and a world-renowned international stage and concert career. She is the most successful British female solo recording artist ever.
PAUL ROBESON—VOICE OF FREEDOM (AV Class or Class Series): Son of a slave who became a Presbyterian minister, Robeson was among America's most admired—and reviled—talents of his day. As we look back today at his distinguished accomplishments and the racial and social causes he supported in the midst of the Blacklist, we discover why the politicization of his life so deeply obscured his brilliant talent.
SEIZE THE DAY! (Concert or Concert Series) Did you know January 8th is Bubble Bath Day? Don't try to steal Hoodie-Hoo Day on February 20th — it's copyrighted! Peanut Butter Lovers celebrate on March 1st, while in May, International Migratory Bird Day is observed worldwide. July 1st actually is Canadian Humiliation Day as a means to recognize people who have been humiliated in Canadian history. Lefties celebrate their rights on International Left Hander's Day, August 13th, and life is brighter on National Flashlight Day, December 21st. Discover the many opportunities to Seize the Day—through song—as Joy shares wild and wacky local, national, and international observances and music to celebrate them.
SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY—REMEMBERING THE 30s, 40s, AND 50s IN SONG (Concert/Concert Series or A/V Class/Series): America’s Golden Era of Song comes alive in this concert-lecture series as Joy highlights three decades of hits from the American Popular Songbook. From the 30s, songs of the Great Depression, the swing era, and Hollywood’s first full sound decade. From the 40s, songs of America’s soldiers and their sweethearts as well as a new generation of crooners. From the 50s, changing music of stage and screen, Hollywood’s new writers, the Brill Building, and classic images of American life. Thanks for the memory!
SENSATIONAL SESQUICENTENNIAL SING-ALONG! (Concert) Joy will provide the song sheets—you provide the voices in the comfort of your home with favorite songs of the last 150 years. Be a SUPER-SPREADER—of JOY!—as you sing to your heart’s content on this sesquicentennial sentimental journey.
SONGS OF OUR SISTERS: THE WOMAN IN MUSIC (Concert): Hear music by and about women and their personal spiritual and life experiences from folk, popular, Broadway, film, liturgical, and world genres.
SUMMER SPLASH!! A SUMMER CONCERT (Concert)! It’s Summertime!! Join Joy in Feelin’ Groovy singing Sunny songs Under the Boardwalk on an Island in the Sun during those Lazy Hazy Crazy Days of Summer.
THE THINGS WE DID LAST SUMMER: MEMORIES OF FAR AWAY PLACES (Concert): When a vacation during a pandemic is not possible, enjoy songs and stories of travels, interesting places, and fun vacation moments. At the piano, Joy takes you on a Dreamer’s Holiday to Far Away Places—from Manhattan to Miami Beach to Moonlight Bay. You'll have these Moments to Remember of all the Things We Did Last Summer.
THE UNFORGETTABLE NAT KING COLE (AV Class): 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. A pioneer on every front, his music and his integrity continue to evoke sighs of awe and appreciation.
AMERICAN POPULAR MUSIC—A HISTORICAL SURVEY 1620-1950 (AV Series): A detailed survey course exploring the evolution of America's unique musical genres: folk, Native American, bluegrass, country & western, marches, minstrel, blues, hymn, spirituals, gospel, ragtime, jazz, vaudeville, stage/film, R&B and rock’n’roll.
DIXIELAND TO SWING, ARMSTRONG TO ZIGGY! (AV Class or Class Series) Exploring the roots of the big bands—from cakewalk, blues and ragtime to Dixieland and swing—and the lives and music of the early jazz era to 1945 and the performers, vocalists, and bandleaders whose innovation and genius developed the modern genre of jazz.
HOME SWEET HOME—EARLY AMERICA’S MUSICAL LEGACY (Concert/Concert Series, or AV Class/Class Series): Practically an American history lesson through the early historic music of America and the lives of its songwriters. Discover amazing tales and songs of America from its earliest development to the modern era through its rich legacy of songs of its people, ideals, triumphs, tragedies, and social conscience.
HOME SWEET HOME—A LEGACY OF AMERICAN MUSIC 1700-1950 (AV and Concert/Lecture Survey Course): Tracing the evolution of America's unique folk and popular music genres , including folk, bluegrass, country and western, minstrel, blues, hymn, spirituals, gospel, ragtime, jazz, Tin Pan Alley, Hit Parade, R&B, and the seeds of rock and soul — a journey through the times, lives, and songs of the nation.
I LOVE NEW YORK! (Concert or Concert Series) The excitement, people, places, neighborhoods, and events of the Big Apple of three centuries come alive from its beginnings to the present—the songs tell the story.
OH, SAY! CAN YOU SING! (Concert) Celebrating the music of America and the American experience in song.(Song sheets can be provided.) From Home Sweet Home toThis Land is Your Land, bringing to life the American landscape, people, and dream.
LUCK O’THE IRISH—AN IRISH MUSICAL CELEBRATION (Concert or A/V Class): From traditional Irish and American-Irish songs to the theatrical, discover the people and places that inspired the poetic, memorable, and often very funny images that fill Irish music.
PIONEERING AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSICAL ARTISTS (AV Class or Class Series): Overcoming a seemingly insurmountable road to respect and equality, early 20th century African-American musical artists were among the most brilliant, inspirational, and influential performers in history. They paved new paths for future artists against the greatest of odds and uniquely shaped the course of American music forever.
RAGS TO RICHES—A CELEBRATION OF RAGTIME! (Concert) Irving Berlin’s Alexander’s Ragtime Band set off a revival of ragtime worldwide in 1911—but ragtime was already well established. Joy shares a cornucopia of cakewalks, turkey trots, bunny hops, concert, vaudeville, Broadway, and stage ragtime classics from Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, Irving Berlin, Fats Waller, and more.
'68: THE YEAR THAT CHANGED MUSIC FOREVER: Amidst a backdrop of civil, social, and political upheaval, 1968 issued a kaleidoscopic turning point in pop, rock, soul, country, and folk music. From songs of protest to hippie culture, the peace movement and sheer pop entertainment—this course re-experiences classic voices, songs, and messages of this amazing year.
SIXTIES SPECTACULAR! (Concert Series or AV Series) This veritable Sixties Symphony brings to life the decade of Bye Bye Birdie, Burt Bacharach, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, and The Byrds. From Doo-Wop to Dylan, Peter Paul & Mary to Petula Clark, the Stones to Sinatra Motown, Mercer, McKuen, Mancini, and Man of La Mancha—relive an amazing decade year by year in the events of the time and in song.
A THANKSGIVING LEGACY IN SONG (AV Program): 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 concert, we’ll explore universal messages of Thanksgiving, harvest, and bounty songs and hymns around the world celebrating our seasons of thanksgiving.
THIS IS MY COUNTRY—MUSICAL THANKSGIVING SALUTE TO AMERICA (AV Program): Stirring performances by vocalists, writers, and choirs representing their own beloved experiences of American life and celebrating the blessings America has given them in this uplifting program of gratitude for and celebration of America.
VOICES FOR CHANGE—AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC FROM ITS ROOTS TO TODAY (AV Course): Tracing the evolution of American “roots music” (folk, blues, jazz, country, and gospel) from America’s early 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 and discover how these innovative writer/performers changed not only America's perspective, but the world's.
WOODY GUTHRIE AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES (AV Course): Woody Guthrie and his fellow folk songsmiths (Pete Seeger, The Weavers, Odetta, The Carter Family, and Lead Belly) represent an era of songwriting and social philosophy that spoke out for the worker, the union, and the dream of world harmony. Their music and causes deeply stirred the world and influenced generations of writers, composers, and activists.
WOODSTOCK—A RETROSPECTIVE (AV Course): Summer 1969: Vietnam raged. Civil Rights, Women’s Lib, and the Peace Movement divided America. And nearly half a million young people gathered for what would become the most beloved rock festival of all time.