Course Descriptions - Summer 2024

SUNDAYS AT JASA: Summer Session 2024 
July 14, 21, 28, August 4
Marymount Manhattan College (221 East 71st Street, New York, NY 10021)

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In-Person Classes at Marymount Manhattan College

10:30am -12:00pm The Opera Companion: The Joy of Operetta
Instructor: Jane Marsh

Opera singer Jane Marsh will take students on a journey through the world of operetta; typically lighter than opera in terms of its music, orchestral size, length of the work, and subject matter. In this course, you will learn the difference between opera and operetta, listen and view productions through prepared videos of staged operettas, and learn about some of its most famous and prolific composers such as Jacque Offenbach, Richard Strauss, and Franz Lehar.

12:15pm - 1:45pm Sondheim on Sunday!
Instructor: Kim Breden

Join Kim Breden, in person, for a celebration of the life and works of the renowned Stephen Sondheim. Participants will enjoy a deeper look into Sondheim's masterpieces, where he wrote both the music and the lyrics, such as "A Little Night Music", "Company", "Follies", "Into the Woods", "Sunday in the Park with George", "Sweeney Todd" and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum".  Shows like "West Side Story", "Gypsy" and "Do I Hear a Waltz", where he only wrote the lyrics, will also be discussed.   With the use of performance videos, sound recordings, still photographs, and historical lectures, this class will offer the opportunity to hear an array of Sondheim favorites.

Online Virtual Courses

Online virtual courses are presented on Zoom and phone dial-in. To participate in online classes students must have Zoom downloaded on a computer, iPad, or smartphone. Zoom applications are free. If you do not have Zoom and need help downloading the app, please let us know. We are happy to help. Zoom information will be available to registered students one week before the start date.

10:00am - 11:30am Film Studies
Instructor: Max Alvarez

Join film historian Max Alvarez for an online program to gain an appreciation of cinema. This course will consist of four lectures; our great city of New York, a city of extremes; the history of movie make-up, including the evolution in screen make-up and the artists behind the glamour and facial effects; legendary comedy teams on film; the rise and fall of production codes that gleefully ignored various laws and religious commandments and how morality watchdogs plotted ways to “clean up” the movies.

11:45am - 1:15pm Sizzling Summer Shorts
Instructor: Jennifer Gilchrist

Looking for something fun, light, and fun to read this summer? How about Sex! Revenge! Murder! Frog Love! Sizzling Summer Shorts celebrates beach reading with a selection of pulp fiction by masters of the craft, such as Alice Munro, Saki, Steven Millhauser, Nikki Dolson, and E.L. Doctorow.

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