Art & Music

Upcoming Courses

Courses

Come enjoy a singing travelogue of Europe featuring Soprano Caroline Whisnant, Pianist Charles Staples, and Video Guru Dennis King.


Tuesday 3/12, JAC, Robins Pavilion 151
Based primarily on works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Virginia Museum of Fine Art collections, this interactive session will explore how American landscape painting came to prominence in the mid-19th Century. The Hudson River School was not an actual school, but America's first true artistic fraternity, reflecting the themes of discovery, exploration, and settlement, and characterized by a realistic, detailed, and sometimes idealized portrayal of nature.


Thursday 3/28, Synchronous Online (17 seats (14%) remaining)
In 2016 this program was brought to the OSHER community and now will revisit old favorites in addition to new stories and music in this mixed media, music and storytelling presentation. Our storytellers Judy Boland and Meg Laughon will join Pianist Dr. Charles Staples, Cellist Arowyn Almeida and Singers Dennis King & Amy Barefoot. Afterwards you can enjoy a slice of pie while visiting with the presenters.


Thursday, May 9, TBD - UR Campus
FIELD TRIP: Come and visit the only traditional bell foundry in the United States! Guided tours introduce guests to the field of campanology - the study of bells - as well as bronze and iron casting, and the daily workings of an active foundry. You may register to take the tour only, or you may register to tour and create a 'make-and-take'. Please register for only one. Because of event costs, fees are non-refundable unless we can fill your slot.


Friday 3/29, B.A. Sunderlin Bellfoundry (1 seats (2%) remaining)
Join us to create another beautiful piece of jewelry. This delightful weave is done in sterling silver with gold filled rings as accents. Beautiful as a bracelet or a necklace, you are sure to get compliments every time you wear it. Bring your good eyesight and a 'can do' attitude and be ready to have some fun. (Note: 'homework' required between the two class dates.)


Tuesdays, Mar 26 and Apr 2, Room 160
Come to this class to learn about the long-term health benefits of just moving! BeMovedŽ embraces the joy of dance with people of all movement abilities. Movement expressed through dance and music has a transformative power that enriches a person's well-being above and beyond the well-known physical fitness benefits. BeMovedŽ is a dance fitness experience that begins with easy-to-follow therapeutic movements that flow into dance styles inspired by a wide variety of musical genres.


Mondays, Feb 26, Mar 4, 11, 18, Apr 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, THC, Alice Haynes Room (1 seats (3%) remaining)
Come hear about the influence of Indian art, culture and religions in South East Asia from the First Millennium to the present.


Monday 3/25, Room 160 ( No seats currently available )
In this course, learn about the Folk Revival of the late 1950s/early 1960s and how it led to much of the American music scene in the following decade.


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Walking into a beautiful exhibition of fine art can present the illusion that it was effortlessly curated and produced out of thin air. Yet countless hours of planning, negotiations, shipping, writing, promotion, and more, take place before a single artwork is hung on the wall. And the work continues even after the installation. This talk presents the who, what, when, and how of exhibition development and production in small-scale galleries and large museums.


Monday 3/4, JAC, Quigg Room (6 seats (12%) remaining)
The VMFA has one of the outstanding collections of South Asian and Himalayan Art. How a Southern City came to be a repository of such an alien culture is an important story to be told.


Friday 3/1, Special Programs Building, Classroom 156
Kushan, a Central Asian Tribe, established themselves as a major power in India and present-day Afghanistan during first through third Centuries AD and left a strong impression on the art of the region.


Friday 3/15, BUS, Room 113 (1 seats (3%) remaining)
How have artists depicted dogs in their art works? Are they merely playful pets or just props meant to say something serious about their owner? Join us in this interactive session to see how American artists have rendered dogs over the decades in both serious and humorous ways and learn whether or not dogs can actually play poker!


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American art changed substantially, some say radically, after World War II. One of the great developments of the post-war era was the emergence of women artists and their recognition by museum curators and mainstream art galleries. Beginning with abstract expressionist painters like Frankenthaler, Hartigan, and de Kooning, women broke through the historically male-dominated art scene and laid the foundation for the amazing breadth and depth of work by women artists that we see today.


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Join this deep dive into the music of Richmond Symphony's 2023-24 Symphony Series concert season. Each monthly session will focus on the repertoire of the Symphony's next concert performance and features a special guest with a critical role in the performance. Guests will include conductors, composers, soloists, and more! Through recordings, images, scholarship, biographies, backstage stories, and discussion we will listen and engage more deeply with the music and the artists who bring it to life.


Mondays; 1/8, 2/12, 2/25, 4/22, 5/20, Synchronous Online
Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828) was a crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic cultural eras, and he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. This lecture/recital will feature music for piano solo that he produced in the final years of his tragically short life: the final two Piano Sonatas of 1828 and his two sets of Impromptus composed the year prior.


Thursdays 3/7, 14, CMC, Chapel
Songwriting is a creative outlet to share ideas, express feelings, or tell a story. What do women songwriters have to tell us? Is the female perspective of truth different that that of a male? We will examine the lyrics and listen to the songs of some influential women singer-songwriters.


Tuesday, Apr 16 and 23, Synchronous Online
One of the most heralded films of 2021, Questlove's Academy-Award-winning documentary 'Summer of Soul' revisits the 1969 Harlem Cultural Arts Festival. Obscured by memories of the Woodstock Festival which took place that same year, vivid archival footage from the summer-long Harlem concert series was mostly forgotten. On Monday, we will screen 'Summer of Soul' and briefly discuss it. On Tuesday, presenters Bill Pike and Joe Vanderford will chart the evolving muse of Steve Wonder, post-1969.


Monday 3/18, BUS, Ukrop Auditorium Q162 ( No seats currently available )
One of the most heralded films of 2021, Questlove's Academy-Award-winning documentary 'Summer of Soul' revisits the 1969 Harlem Cultural Arts Festival. Obscured by memories of the Woodstock Festival which took place that same year, vivid archival footage from the summer-long Harlem concert series was mostly forgotten. On Monday, we will screen 'Summer of Soul' and briefly discuss it. On Tuesday, presenters Bill Pike and Joe Vanderford will chart the evolving muse of Steve Wonder, post-1969.


Tuesday 3/19, INTC, Commons (3 seats (4%) remaining)
Throughout much of our history, artists have been embedded on the battlefield to capture soldiers in action. Join us as we analyze and discuss how wartime artists serving on the frontlines applied their artistic talents to express what they experienced in real-time from their own unique perspectives. In this program, we will look at the Army War Artist Program focusing on the Vietnam War, providing an historical context for the art.


Monday 4/29, Synchronous Online
FIELD TRIP This exhibition features artwork and artifacts that portray the spirit of Virginia: its past, its present, its landscape, and its people. The Art Experience at the Executive Mansion highlights works from a mix of genres and mediums with particular focus on Virginia artists and themes. It is a living display which will evolve and change over time as additional works of art become available and as different parts of the Virginia story become the focus. This course is offered twice; please register for only one.


Monday, April 29, Virginia Executive Mansion ( No seats currently available )
Tuesday, April 30, Virginia Executive Mansion ( No seats currently available )
Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, known as Caravaggio, has been labeled 'pittore maledetto', the cursed painter. His early biographers said those who knew him personally called him 'turbulent and quarrelsome' and 'a madman.' His art, however, was unprecedented. Many modern scholars believe he almost single-handedly created the Baroque style of painting. Learn about this incredibly gifted, yet self-destructive genius, and the amazing art he created.


Wednesdays 3/6, 13, 20, 27, Synchronous Online (20 seats (20%) remaining)
Join Martha Wright, Assistant Curator of Academic and Public Engagement with UR Museums, to discuss the two new student-centric initiatives beginning this academic year. We will explore the student-curated exhibition of student-sourced artworks in the Booth Lobby of the Modlin Center, followed by the reimagination of Pickels Gallery as a curricular gallery. There will also be some general discussions about how art can represent life, challenge us to think differently, and invite close looking observation.


Tuesday 4/30, TBD - UR Campus ( No seats currently available )
American opera is in the midst of a renaissance. With so much new material, it can be difficult to know where to start or what to listen for. Join Joshua for an engaging presentation that is sure to open hearts and minds to the strange and beautiful soundscapes of contemporary opera.


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Join Virginia Opera's Resident Scholar, Joshua Borths, for an engaging presentation on the context surrounding Puccini and the world of the Italian verismo. You will never hear Puccini the same way again.


Thursday, Mar 14, Special Programs Building, Classroom 156
Playing a wide variety of 15+ instruments (some vintage, some personally crafted) 'edutainer' Lamar Banister will demonstrate through story and tune Virginia's remarkable musical legacy up to the 1960s. The development of some instruments will also be discussed. Participation is encouraged as we clap, tap, and sing along with familiar and surprising tunes of triumph, tragedy, joy, and just plain fun, transitioning through Colonial, Spirituals, Country, Western, Folk, and Blues.


Thursday, 2/29, JAC, Robins Pavilion 151