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Winter ’23 Osher/FAU Boca Raton: “Old & New Favorites”

March 1, 2023 @ 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Music Americana: Old & New Favorites


Rod’s Winter lecture series at Osher/FAU Lifelong Learning, Boca Raton, FL
Wednesdays  3:00 pm January 11, 18, 25, February 8 15, 22, March 1, 8

in Boca Raton, FL    Register at  561-297-3171

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Celebrated for their grace, humor, passion, and style—and often considered the very best at what they do–great artists provide the music and words that define their time. From the brilliant perfection of violinist Joshua Heifetz to the sophisticated rhythms of the Duke Ellington Orchestra—now in its 100th year; from the raw testimony of Ethel Waters and Josh White to the elegance of My Fair Lady; from comic-book novelty hits to the classic arias of Jose Carreras; from the drama of Fleetwood Mac to the wise counsel of Leonard Cohen, their stories live on in song. This course examines the work, biographies, and enduring importance of these musical artists, and attempts to sort myth from reality, using updated videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances, and a few surprises.


  1. Virtuosity: Joshua Heifetz, Martha Argerich

  2. Birth of The Blues: Ethel Waters, Etta James, Amy Winehouse

  3. When Swing Was King: Duke Ellington, Artie Shaw

  4. Folk Then & Now: Leadbelly, Josh White, Rhiannon Giddens

  5. Britain on Broadway: “My Fair Lady,” “Six”

  6. The Art of Novelty Songs: Roger Miller, Ray Stevens, Weird Al

  7. Love, Marriage & Pop Music: Fleetwood Mac, Abba

  8. The Golden Voice: Jose Carreras, Leonard Cohen


March 1, 2023
3:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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Rod MacDonald is a member of ASCAP, (a national House Concerts organization), and Sonicbid

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