Getting to Know the Sound of Rodgers and Hammerstein -- John Frey
Richard Rodgers(1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II(1895-1960) were an influential, innovative and successful American musical theater writing team. They created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940's and 1950's, initiating what is considered the "golden age" of musical theatre. Among the many accolades their shows (and film versions) garnered were thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize and two Grammy Awards.
The course will familiarize you with the scope Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and emphasize the understanding of their plots, lyrics and musical values.
In this series of four 3-hour presentations you will view videos of the most popular Broadway musicals by Rodgers and Hammerstein : Oklahoma!, South Pacific, and The Sound of Music. You will listen to such great songs as People Will Say We're in Love, Some Enchanted Evening, "My Favorite Things" and many more.
You will view a PBS documentary entitled Richard Rodgers - The Sweetest Sounds. This video presents a summary of Rodgers life and his collaboration with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. It features songs performed by Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Julie Andrews, Barbara Streisand, Gordon MacRae, John Coltrane and others. Rodgers composed over 900 songs in 70 shows in a career that spanned seven decades. The video features interviews with Rodgers daughters and colleagues.
At each session you will watch one of the films, and then participate in a 30-minute commentary and discussion about it. You will receive a 36-page course will syllabus that includes an analysis of the plot of each musical, a synopsis and list of characters, a description of the source material that inspired the musicals, and brief biographies of authors, composers and performers. You will also receive a list of recommended CDs, DVDs and books.
Tuesdays, July 19 & 26, August 2 & 9, 2016, 1:00pm- 4:00pm United Methodist Church, Atascadero. Four Sessions
Registering for this course by buying a ticket will admit you to all 4 sessions of this course.
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11605 El Camino Real
Atascadero, CA 93422