Course Details

950: Discover 16 New Geniuses in the Performing Arts

February 7-10
1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Since 1981, the MacArthur Foundation has given what the press calls "genius grants" of $625,000 a year for five years to 70 individuals "of outstanding talent" to allow them "to pursue their own creative, intellectual, and professional inclinations." In this short, four veteran OLLI SGLs will each highlight four recipients in their fields of expertise—classical music, dance, jazz, and vocal music. We'll use video and audio clips to highlight what's distinctive about each artist's work and their influence on other performers. On the list: conductor Marin Alsop, opera singer Dawn Upshaw, jazz pianists Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran, choreographer Twyla Tharp, and vocalist Cecile McLorin Salvant. This study group has a high class size capacity.

Class Type: Lecture and Discussion

Class Format: Online

Hours of Reading: No reading

Study Group Leader(s):

Daniel Moskowitz

Dan Moskowitz has led many OLLI courses on popular American music.

David Flaxman

David Flaxman, a tenor in three local choirs, has been leading OLLI courses in classical music for several years.

Ilsa Bush

Retired lawyer Ilsa Bush has studied, performed, and taught dance and dance history.

Mark Stevens

Jazz aficionado Mark Stevens teaches OLLI's Jazz 101 study group.