Art & Music

Upcoming Courses


This piano recital will feature selections from Chopin's Preludes, Nocturnes, Mazurkas, and Waltzes; not to mention the 'Military' Polonaise and the Fantaisie-Impromptu. Enjoy these works, all interlaced with Alan's signature commentary.

Thursday, Aug 8, NRCT, Perkinson Recital Hall (14 seats (15%) remaining)
The Byzantine pattern is known as one of the basic chain maille weaves, but we'll only use half of the weave to create this every day sterling silver bracelet or necklace. Bring your good eyesight, PATIENCE, a 'can do' attitude, and be ready to have some fun. Some 'homework' will be required between the two class dates.

Tuesdays, July 23 and 30, TBD - UR Campus
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, June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Aug 5, 19, 26 (skip Aug 12), THC, Alice Haynes Room
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement started in 2013 as a reaction to police brutality on Black youth. BLM is a political and social movement that seeks to highlight racism, discrimination, and racial inequity experienced by Black people. In this session, your instructors will feature art created both before BLM heightened our awareness of racial inequality and after the movement took off in 2013 and beyond.

Wednesday 6/26, Synchronous Online
FIELD TRIP Housed at Mary Baldwin University, the Heifetz International Music Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to the artistic growth and career development of the most talented and promising young musicians in the world. Our Sunday concert features Heifetz students, faculty, alumni, and special guests in invariably memorable performances tailored for a summer afternoon.

Sunday, 7/7, Heifetz International Music Institute
In the 1950s, young male ensembles started taking to the street corners of urban areas to produce outstanding group harmonies, mostly unaccompanied by instruments. Among the most popular were the Platters and Dion & The Belmonts. Then, several outstanding female groups, like the Shirelles and Crystals, also propelled the doo-wop trend. Their cumulative influence extended well into the 1960s and beyond with the Motown Sound.

Wednesday, Aug 7, TBD - UR Campus
Your instructors will highlight the many ways you can now listen to the sound of quality music. They will present the options for establishing and maintaining a sound system, streaming and Bluetooth, music in your car, options for CDs, and starting (or restarting) and enjoying a vinyl record collection. We will also provide lists of preferred equipment at various price points.

Wednesday, July 24, TBD - UR Campus
Come enjoy these photographs of the natural world in Virginia and twenty other states across the nation. These images from nature, both landscapes and wildlife in and out of our natural public lands, have been the foundation for the active support for the conservation and preservation of our natural environment. Come hear the stories of their captures and celebrate and connect with the remarkable and striking natural world in which we live.

Every day, starting on 08/12/24 and ending on 08/12/24, TBD - UR Campus
FIELD TRIP Those who created the Lost Cause narrative used cultural and social centers of power to make it successful: education, media, politics, money, religion, and violence. The exhibit uses evidence to show how Edward Valentine, leaders in Richmond, and others around the country reframed the reality of the Civil War. It uncovers the stories behind the Lost Cause, its legacy, and those who resisted the myth. Fees are non-refundable unless we are able to fill your slot.

Friday 7/12, Valentine Museum (2 seats (7%) remaining)
Songwriters are modern-day bards who serve as historians and preservers of the oral tradition of our culture. Songs reflect and influence what humans consider important: ideas, feelings, and stories, often using poetic imagery. What do women songwriters and singers have to tell us? We'll talk about Loretta Lynn, Shania Twain, Kacey Musgraves, Joni Mitchell, Brandi Carlisle, and Nanci Griffith.

Fridays, Aug 2 and 9, Synchronous Online
The music of Broadway and Hollywood musicals is an artform in and unto itself. It takes a team of multi-talented performers and an orchestra to produce these entertainment extravaganzas. At the heart of it are the creative geniuses who set the whole thing in motion: the songwriters. In this multi-media course, we will cover: Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Alan Jay Lerner, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jerome Kern, Claude-Michel Schoenberg, Leonard Bernstein, Jule Styne, and George Gershwin.

Thursdays, 7/11, 18, 25, 8/1, 8, Synchronous Online