PORGY AND BESS:
OLD IS STILL NEW
Recipient of the LLS 2007 Distinguished Faculty Award
DESCRIPTION: Porgy and Bess was originally written as an opera, with music composed by George Gershwin and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was a bold undertaking, depicting the life of African-Americans in the slums of Cabbage Row (“Catfish Row” in the opera) in Charleston, South Carolina. The work is a blend of jazz, folk and classical music. It premiered in 1935 with a cast of African-American singers and performers, which was, at the time, a daring endeavor. Up to the present day, the work has spawned controversy, and is considered one of George and Ira Gershwin’s greatest achievements. This one-time lecture will provide insight into the music and libretto, as well as a brief history of the creation of this masterwork.
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Joe Scott holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Theory and Composition from The Manhattan School of Music. He is a professional jazz pianist, arranger and orchestrator and has given many classes at Lifelong Learning Society (LLS) over the years.
|7:00 PM – 9:00
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Member advance registration – $20
*$50 for any combination of three events, member advance registration only
*$100 for any combination of seven events, member advance registration only
Door price member / non-member – $25
|*Enrollment for member combination discounts above must be submitted on one form|