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Judaic & Israel
ACE Presents: The Three Shayna Maidels: Roberta Peters, Beverly Sills, and Rise Stevens
The female counterpart of the "Three Menschen" Concert, presented in June, will feature rare video of three of the most famous female vocal artists of post- World War II opera. Curated selections will showcase the brilliance of sopranos Roberta Peters, Beverly Sills, and mezzo Rise Stevens. Along with the musical sequences, Maestro Albanese will provide colorful anecdotal material to illuminate the lives of these amazing artists.
Commentator: Maestro Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history. After five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled the Joy of Opera. Mr. Albanese is a recipient of the Lifelong Learning Society's Excellence in Teaching Award.
> Thursday, August 20, 7-9pm
Inside the Music: New World Symphony Simulcast
The New World Symphony's Inside the Music programs provide a firsthand view into the world of classical music and symphonic musicians. Throughout the concert season, NWS musicians prepare and host a series of hour long mini-seminars exploring an array of topics from professional instrumental auditions to classical music appreciation.
> Tuesdays, October 20, 7:00pm
Free and open to the community
Sid Caesar: Comedian of Comedians from the Show of Shows
In the 1950s millions of Americans were addicted to "Your Show of Shows." Explore Sid Caeser's complicated life story and some of his most successful performances- his satires of real life events and people as well as his parodies of film genres, theatre, other television shows and even opera.
Instructor: Amy Lezberg, Ph.D. is a consultant in Higher Education for the U.S. Department of State. A contributor to two encyclopedias: American Women Writers and Jewish Women in America, she received her Ph.D. in English from Boston University and has taught English and American Ethnic Literature at Boston area universities.
> Tuesday, November 3, 1:00-2:30pm
Artistic Collaborations Over the Centuries, Part I
In these fully illustrated talks, Joan Lipton will focus on artists whose work was affected by their close relationships, both professionally and personally with other artists. Families of artists, married couples, siblings, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons and close friends will be discussed. They range across the centuries and across varied geographic locations, and best exemplify shared creativity. In alphabetical order, and not in order of appearance, they are: Albert Barnes and His Artists; The Brueghal Family; Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas and Japanese Printmakers; "Clara and Mr. Tiffany"; The Giacometti Brothers, The Limbourg Brothers; Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera; The Lippis, Father and Son; Michelangelo, Mentor to Painters and Sculptors; Gabriel Munter and Wassily Kandinsky; Miriam Schapiro and Judy Chicago; Norton Simon and His Artists; The Stettheimer Sisters; and The Zorach Family.
Instructor: Joan Lipton, Ph.D. is a celebrated art historian, lecturer and a dedicated scholar. She earned a Master's degree in art history from Hunter College, specializing in the Renaissance, and a Ph.D. in art history from The Graduate Center of the City of New York, with a specialization in 19th and 20th century art.
>Thursdays, November 5- December 17 (no class Nov 26 and Dec 3), 1:00-3:00pm
$40/Member; $60/Guest; $15/Class
Film Talk: American Musical Film Classics
Take an in-depth look at some of the classics of the American musical genre. We will discuss the unforgettable dance team of Fred and Ginger, along with the legacy of such icons as Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly; Audrey Hepburn and Leslie Caron, along with great composers such as Jerome Kern and Rodgers and Hammerstein; and terrific filmmakers, including Stanley Donen and Vincent Minnelli.
Instructor: Roberta Presser is an experienced film lecturer and drama teacher. She earned a Masters in Arts degree from Columbia University and attended Columbia's Graduate Film School. She has worked as an assistant director, assistant to the producer, and unit location manager on such films as The Blues Brothers, Friday the 13th Part II, Princes Daisy, He Knows You're Alone, and Circle of Two.
> Tuesdays, November 10- December 15 (no class November 24), 12:30-3:00pm
$40/Member; $60/Guest; $15/Class
L'Opera A La Mode: Four Classic Works from the French Repertory
This course looks at the highly popular French school of "Grand" opera. These spectacular operas were favorites of the audiences who attended the Paris Opera House simply known as L'Opera. The operas are sung in the original language with English subtitles and a printed synopsis will be provided.
Week 1- Manon by Massenet- A Opera Nationale di Paris
Week 2- Faust by C. Gounod- A Royal Opera House
Week 3- Tales of Hoffman by J Offenbach
Week 4- Carmen by G. Bizet
Instructor: Giuseppe Albanese attended the University of Vermont and received his degree in history. In 1989, after five years of intensive study, he developed a dynamic education program entitled the Joy of Opera. Mr. Albanese is a recipient of the Lifelong Learning Society's Excellence in Teaching Award.
> Tuesdays, November 17- December 15 (no class December 8), 4:30-6:00pm
$32/Member; $48/Guest; $15/Class
*This adult education class is free for Individual, Couple and Seasonal Mandel JCC members