Merle Haggard: The Soul of Country

Tuesdays, April 28 - June 2
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Online Course: Zoom

Merle is acknowledged to be one of the biggest stars in country music with 31 #1 hits and a bunch of national awards. His performance history is outstanding, and he became popular with all kinds of people, not just the country folks. We will cover his career with all its substance, but will also learn about his song-writing style, the subject matter he covered, and the way his life - a very dramatic one - interacted with his music. We will watch Youtube videos of his work, read articles about him, and listen to local performers talk and perform his works.

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Emotion and Meaning in the Music of Jon Appleton: Classical and Electronic

Fridays, May 8 - June 10
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Online Course: Zoom

Does a composer think about conveying specific emotions or meanings in music without reference to concrete ideas or texts? How does a composer convey the emotion and meaning of music? Each session will describe the process of composing music: For whom is the music being composed? What are the skills of the intended performers? Who are the composers who have in uenced the composer?

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