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French Opera Masterworks 
Day/Time  Monday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-115
Session First 6 weeks 9/11-10/23
Class Limit Limit: 25

This course will showcase great operas by six different French composers that are among their most popular and enduring works. These works include Bizet's Carmen, Massanet's Werther, Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann, Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila, Gounod's Faust and Berlioz's Les Troyens. Video performances from opera houses around the world will feature a host of renowned singers.

Coordinator: Steve Piontek

Steve has been a coordinator for popular A.L.L. courses on the operas of Verdi, Mozart and Puccini. A passionate opera lover for five decades, Steve takes great enjoyment in sharing his love and enthusiasm for works that have stood the test of time.




Great Operas by Rossini 
Day/Time  Monday 9:00-10:20 
Location C-115
Session Second 6 weeks 10/30-12/4
Class Limit Limit: 25

Rossini's operas are enduringly popular due to their beautiful melodies, remarkable vocal writing, and sophisticated wit. Masterworks included in this course are The Barber of Seville, La Cenerentola, L'Italiana in Algeri, Semiramide, Le Comte d'Or, and William Tell. Video performances will feature some of the most renowned Rossini singers in the world in productions that convey every bit of the composer's mastery.

Coordinator: Steve Piontek

Steve has previously taught courses at A.L.L. on the operas of Verdi, Mozart and Puccini and takes great pleasure in recruiting A.L.L. members into the ranks of opera lovers.




Mozart's Piano Concertos 
Day/Time  Monday 3:00-4:20 
Location C-115
Session 12 weeks 9/11-12/4
Class Limit Limit: 20

Mozart's concertos collectively constitute one of the greatest jewels of classical music. Within a highly disciplined form, they give eloquent expression to an extraordinary range of ideas and emotions, helped by the composer's seemingly inexhaustible melodic and dramatic imagination. In getting to know them better, we become more attentive listeners to all music.

Coordinator: John Temple

John is a semi-retired business writer, lifelong listener, piano enthusiast, long-ago classical concert reviewer for Boston Globe & Providence Journal, Sturgis Library trustee, and an occasional presenter on historical topics




The Best Movies of All Time 
Day/Time  Wednesday 2:00-3:15 
Location North/South Hall
Session 12 weeks 9/13-12/6
Class Limit Limit: 25

This class will be an active discussion of themes and issues that arise in great films. Each film will be watched independently by students outside of class. The first assignment is 'The Godfather Part 1 and Part 2.'

Coordinator: Stephen R. Pastore

Stephen is the president of the Emile Zola Society (USA) and was the only American named to the Council of Management of the Thomas Hardy Society (UK). He is a published novelist and playwrite and has taught at the university level for over 30 years.




The Doc is IN 
Day/Time  Friday 12:30-3:00 
Location Multimedia Center in Wilkens Library
Session 12 weeks 9/15-12/8
Class Limit Limit: 30

These are not your mother's documentaries. Today's docs inspire, educate, elucidate and entertain. They have become so popular that there are entire film festivals devoted to them, and they are the intellectual darlings of Sundance. We screen docs on subjects as diverse as the arts, environment, science and politics, and from whimsical to sobering. Discussions are lively with opinions encompassing diverse points of view.

Lilly Seely

Lili discovered Fellini and other now-legendary foreign film directors in her teens and has been in pursuit of excellence in cinema ever since. She has worked for, or volunteered, at many film festivals and art cinemas and is passionate about film as an artistic medium.




The Famous Final Scene 
Day/Time  Tuesday 1:30-4:00 
Location Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth
Session First 6 weeks 9/12-10/17
Class Limit Limit: 25

Filmmakers use unique visual grammar to convey information about character and plot development as well as to elicit an emotional response from the viewer. We will examine some of these techniques while viewing a different film during each class (with relevant film clips, analysis and discussion). A second, related, film will be recommended for home viewing each week.

Coordinator: Evan Cook

This is Evan's fifth year offering this course. He has studied film at many venues, as well as doing graduate work at Harvard.




Understanding and Loving the World's Great Music 
Day/Time  Tuesday 10:30-11:50 
Location Bridgewater SU, S. Yarmouth
Session 12 weeks 9/12-12/5
Class Limit Limit: 25

This course is a survey of Western music from ancient times to the present. The music will be placed in its historical and sociological context. A synopsis of the elements of harmony and brief biographies of the composers will be offered. Musical examples will demonstrate the changing styles of composition and open the door to a body of work to which class members may not have been exposed. Opera and its notable performers will also be reviewed. One lecture will be devoted to women composers.

Coordinator: David Quinn

Dave's love of classical music started at about age 5 and was nurtured by piano lessons at the Faelten Piano School in Boston followed by self-education ever since. He has taught at high school and college levels. Selections from his extensive collection of recordings will be used as examples in class.