Getting to Know the Music of Rodgers & Hammerstein -- John Frey
Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 2022 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Odd Fellows Hall, SLO
$20 for LLCC members, $40 for non-members.
This course has four sessions. Buying a ticket entitles you to attend all four sessions.
This course will cover three Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals and a documentary about Richard Rodgers. You will see and learn about the musicals Oklahoma (1943), Carousel (1945), Sound of Music (1959) and Richard Rodgers -- The Sweetest Sounds (2001).
Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) were an American song-writing duo who created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s. With Hammerstein writing the lyrics and Rodgers composing the music, five of their shows, Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music, were outstanding successes. Among the many accolades that their shows and their film versions garnered were thirty-four Tony Awards, fifteen Academy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, and two Grammys.
Richard Rodgers - The Sweetest Sounds
Richard Rodgers contributions to the musical theater of his day and his influence on the musical theater is legendary. His career spanned more than six decades, and his hits ranged from the silver screens of Hollywood to the bright lights of Broadway, London and beyond. He was the recipient of countless awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys and Emmys. He wrote more than 900 published songs, and forty Broadway musicals. This documentary first appeared on American Masters on PBS.
Rodgers and Hammerstein were attracted to making a musical based on Lynn Riggs' stage play Green Grow the Lilacs. Their first collaboration resulted in Oklahoma, which marked a revolution in musical drama, Oklahoma! introduced a number of new storytelling elements and techniques including its use of song and dance to convey plot and character, and the firm integration of every song into the plot-line .The production ran for an unprecedented 2,212 performance. Many enduring musical standards came from this show, among them Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin', The Surrey with the Fringe on Top, I Cain't Say No, People Will Say We're in Love, and Oklahoma!.
Carousel was adapted from Ferenc Molnár's play Liliom, It was one of the first musicals with a tragic plot but a hopeful ending. It contained an extended ballet that was crucial to the plot. From this show came the hit musical numbers "The Carousel Waltz," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
The Sound of Music (1959)
The Sound of Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein's last work together, told the story of the von Trapp family. It was the most financially successful film adaptation of a Broadway musical ever made. It contained many memorable songs, including the title song, "Do-Re-Mi," "My Favorite Things," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "So Long, Farewell," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen" and "Edelweiss.
John Frey taught chemistry and engaged in chemical research for 40 years at several universities and is now retired. He serves on the Board of Directors of OperaSLO, the Lifelong Learners of the Central Coast, the SLO Master Chorale, and is a member of the Rotary Club. He teaches courses on opera and musical theater for LLCC and OperaSLO. His other interests include swimming, music, family history, and travel. He is married and has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. He has had over 7 decades of singing experience with various choral groups and has performed in the chorus of OperaSLO.
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Odd Fellows Hall San Luis Obispo (View)
520 Dana St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93420
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