Giants and dwarves, warrior maidens and ghost ships: the mind of Richard Wagner was a kaleidoscope of musical ideas that was bigger than life. Through his music, Wagner expressed sterotypical prejudices that set the stage for Adolph Hitler’s reign of terror some 40 years after the composer’s death. In this presentation, we explore both the genius and the dark side of a man who forever changed the perspective of classical 19th century opera.
We will begin by exploring the first recordings on analog tape through modern-day digital electronic recordings. We will move on to discuss how the invention of the multi-track changed how music was recorded and performed. Next, we will study how the distribution of music internationally has created and continues to create new categories of music continuously. Lastly, we will have a philosophical discussion on the pros and cons of music technology as it relates to today’s composers, recording artists, producers, performers and music business people.
The central theme revolves around the importance of collaboration and connection with others in order to achieve your artistic goals. Specific examples are cited relative to his creation of his book and speaking business. This will also be a “show and tell” program for the residents at the request of our instructor, John. He has asked residents to come prepared to discuss their own experiences relative to their childhood homes and communities as part of this communal and collaborative workshop. Any vintage pictures would be appreciated.
Our senses - sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing - are our primary mechanisms for interacting with the world around us. As we age, our senses will gradually decline, and these sensory deficits can fundamentally change how we interact with our environment. Managing this decline is a crucial component of happy and healthy aging. The Five Senses provides a detailed overview of the changes we experience in our senses as we age and offers practical guidance on managing this evolution for improved quality of life. Receive a complimentary copy of our award-winning book, The Five Senses.
In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of one of the most well-known female American artists of the 20th century. An eclectic and prolific artist who painted up until just few weeks before her death at age 98, O’Keeffe used vivid hues and natural forms focusing on the details of her subjects. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture contrasting O’Keeffe’s New York cityscapes with her later paintings, largely of the New Mexico landscapes and the delicate internal parts of oversized flowers. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of an O’Keeffe painting, replicating her fascination with flowers. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.
Given that monotheistic religion was limited to Judaism and, later, Christianity, Ancient Romans like the Greeks and Etruscans before them worshipped a number of different gods and goddesses. In this presentation, we explore the nature of the deities, their origins, and their influence on daily Roman life.
This presentation and training involves how relay calls work, how to properly answer and receive relay calls, and the benefits for businesses and facilities throughout Virginia. It’s extremely beneficial to understand that the Relay Friendly Partner program is designed to eliminate hang-ups by educating businesses and individuals on how to identify, receive and place relay calls.
Explore the transition between Classical and Romantic Music in style, form and music theory. Why was it called the Romantic Period? Listen to the leading composers of the Romantic Period, including Chopin, Schumann, Liszt and Brahms. What were the key elements of their music that defined the Romantic Music Period? What types of pieces were most prolific? How did the Romantic Period usher in 20th century modern music?
Musician, landowner, and politician, Giuseppe Verdi was a very private man who gained a reputation for being one of Italy’s most beloved operatic composers. His Aida, Nabucco, Rigoletto, and La Traviata are some of the most frequently performed operas in the current musical world today. In this presentation, we examine the origins of these operas and the political insights that influenced Verdi’s works.
The Senior Sleep Solution explores the common causes of chronic sleep disturbance and provides practical guidance for seniors and caregivers alike on improving sleep quality and reducing sleep disruption. The strategies presented in The Senior Solution are based on well-researched and easily applied methods and include specific steps for seniors with dementia and various sleep disorders. Receive a complimentary copy of our award-winning book, The Senior Sleep Solution.
In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of perhaps the most venerated and ridiculed artist of the 20th century. While many disdain Picasso’s abstractions, the emotional and moral components of his artistic endeavors are complex and admirable. Although some see his paintings as childlike, Picasso’s complex and innovative renderings of people and historical events are worthy of study. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture highlighting both Picasso’s early, more realistic representations and his turn toward abstraction and cubism. A 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of a Picasso painting, replicating his unique vision of the human form. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.
From a Monarchy ruled by kings, to the Caesars overseeing a Republic governed by Senate, to the Emperors of an expanding kingdom, Rome has been a living experiment in politics. In this presentation, we examine these various forms through notable personalities and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of each.
This course focuses on the concept of being inspired to create art, finding your niche and following your passion. He draws examples from how his own artistic platform has grown from trying to understand the basics of a camera to a highly gratifying personal project that profoundly affects others, while simultaneously generating supplemental income. Come prepared to speak to your own past projects in the arts and/or those that you intend to pursue. The purpose of this course is motivation, inspiration and mutual exchange of ideas.
This presentation will cover the various types of Caption Telephone Services along with the specialized equipment available for individuals who are Virginia residents. This program and the equipment are free to those who are hard of hearing. The Caption Telephone Services allow an individual to speak over the phone and read along with the conversation.
Based on groundbreaking scientific research for the longest-living people on Earth, Happy to 102 spells out precisely what it takes to delay or escape Alzheimer’s and other chronic disease, slow down the process of aging and enjoy better health in our senior years. Happy to 102 unlocks the secrets to longevity and inspires us to live happier, healthier lives at any age. Receive a complimentary copy of our award-wining book, Happy to 102.
In this 90-minute class, we will explore the work of French artist Claude Monet, whose vision of creating spontaneous, light-filled paintings transformed the art world. Striving to paint the essence of what he saw in nature rather than attempting a photographic rendition, Monet’s art was the key to the development of modern art. The class will begin with a 20-minute PowerPoint lecture highlighting both Monet’s early, more realistic representations and his turn toward outdoor painting and impressionism. a 50-minute practicum will follow the lecture. As a group, we will produce a copy of the Monet painting, Soleil Levant, replicating his unique rising of the landscape. Upon completion of our paintings, we will participate in a 20-minute critique of our work.
In La Boheme, Tosca, and Madama Butterfly, some of the greatest romantic stories of antiquity are brought to modern audiences through the genius of one man - Giacomo Puccini. Puccini was heavily influenced by Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner, giving his musical style a vivid and melancholy realism. In this presentation, we explore the self-identities and motivations behind his dramatic and often tragic characters.
An entertaining and educational presentation full of powerful imagery of long-abandoned Virginia landmarks and emotional stories from the people who once occupied them. Experience the “unseen” side of Virginia with all the houses, churches, schools, asylums, diners and secret societies that have been “frozen in time” and now documented and delivered by Mr. Plashal. This fascinating “storytelling session” will be at prerequisite to the following two, which will be delivered in February and March, respectively.
In this month’s lesson, we will begin with an introduction to Latin percussion, with an emphasis on clave, guiro, and timbales as well as basic Salsa footwork. All are welcome!