Fridays, November 2-December 7
Instructor: Neil Ritchie
Some performers are simply born great. It is their combination of talent and charisma which makes them legendary. Neil Ritchie examines what makes a performer great and looks at how, besides talent, their early lives, family, education, career choices, mentoring, integrity, musicality, direction, timing, and, of course, luck impacted their careers. Spend some time with each of them enjoying their music and learning about their often complicated personal lives.
Nov. 2 Sarah Vaughan: The jazz singer with a voice as thick as chocolate cream and twice as rich.
Nov. 9 Frank Loesser: Guys and Dolls, How to Succeed and dozens of pop hits with the music and lyrics by Frank Loesser.
Nov. 16 Elton John: He could retire on the royalties from The Lion King, but he loves to perform and delivers a great show night after night.
Nov. 23 Ennio Morricone: The composer famous for his soundtracks, including The Mission, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and almost 200 other memorable movie scores.
Nov. 30 Jazz Pianists: Let’s trace the history of this incredible influence from boogie woogie to stride to Bill Evans.
Dec. 7 Leonard Bernstein: The master conductor, composer, educator and life of the party who would have been 100 this year.