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Art, Music + Theater

Art, Music + Theater

Wednesdays, January 3-24 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.


Donald Rosenberg, President of the Music Critics Association of North America; editor of Early Music America Magazine

"Stephen Sondheim, Theater's Greatest Lyricist" said the headline on a recent New York Times story. True, but that's only half of the story. Sondheim has been the American musical theater's greatest composer-lyricist for nearly 60 years. He has pushed the envelope of the musical by stretching his artistic gifts with each new work. 

In this course, we'll explore Sondheim's consummate ability to create mini-dramas through the seamless and insightful melding of music and lyrics.

Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >


Thursdays, February 1-April 19 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Thursdays, February 1-March 8
This course explores the shift from the view of the early 19th century, which saw wilderness as something threatening, which should be destroyed, to the view of the late 19th century, which saw wilderness as something to be protected and something that provided psychological relief from the pressures of modern life.
INSTRUCTOR: Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University

No classes March 13, 14, 15 – CWRU Spring Break

Thursdays, March 22-April 19
Stories of scientific and technological discovery usually focus on bright ideas and revolutionary new thoughts. This short course will instead explore what makes such intellectual leaps possible in the first place: the tools, measurements, and devices that scientists and engineers have used throughout history to help them understand and control the world around us.
INSTRUCTOR: Alan Rocke, Emeritus Professor of History, Case Western Reserve University


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, February 6-February 27 | 12:15-1:45 p.m 


Russell Stich, Beck Center Theater Faculty, Members of Something Dada Improv Troupe


A fun and lively exploration of the basic tools and techniques used in improvisational theater. Perfect for both the beginner as well as the experienced. Focus is on the skills used to create an improvised scene and help develop the student's ability to envision, develop and sustain stories. Russ is a founding member of Something Dada, Cleveland’s premiere improvisational comedy company.

Limited enrollment of 15.


Beck Center for the Arts | Lifelong Learning Members: $85; Nonmembers: $105 | REGISTER >

Session I: Tuesdays, February 6-March 13
Session II: Thursdays, February 8-March 15
1–2 p.m.


Staff, Cleveland Museum of Art


The Cleveland Museum of Art was founded in 1913 “for the benefit of all the people forever” and continues to strive to help the broadest possible audience understand and engage with the world’s great art while honoring the highest aesthetic, intellectual, and professional standards.

Please join us for this engaging gallery talk series presented by the museum’s Department of Education and Academic Affairs as we explore the museum, one of the world’s most distinguished comprehensive art museums and one of northeastern Ohio’s principal civic and cultural institutions.

Tours meet in the Atrium North Court Lobby. Enrollment is limited to 28 per session.


Cleveland Museum of Art | Lifelong Learning Members: $75 per session; Nonmembers: $90 per session |

REGISTER (Session I) > | REGISTER (Session II) >

Mondays, February 26-April 2 | 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Dan Riordan, Adjunct Professor of Creative Writing, Cleveland State University


This class functions as an introduction to recent American playwrights, focusing on a range of works that have been staged since the mid-1970's to see how these writers have engaged an American audience in terms of subject matter and method.


Beck Center for the Arts | Lifelong Learning Members: $72; Nonmembers: $90 | REGISTER >

Senior Scholars at the Beck Center

Wednesdays, May 2-23 | 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Angel Foss, Beck Center Percussion Specialist


A class for individuals of all abilities involving unique movement exercises using drumsticks, drums, exercise balls, and rhythmic, music for a "whole mind, whole body" experience.

Limited Enrollment of 15.


Beck Center for the Arts | Lifelong Learning Members: $56; Nonmembers: $70 | REGISTER >

Wednesdays, January 31-April 18 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

Wednesdays, January 31-March 7
Through a combination of close reading, critical analysis, and research inquiry, the class will navigate a rigorous exploration of what makes The Tragical History of Hamlet Prince of Denmark – a play over four hundred years old – the enduring drama that it is?
In short, we’ll consider Hamlet not only as a literary text but also as a vital dramatic script, one crafted with language and theatrical action to challenge and thrill a socially and economically diverse audience. To this end – in addition to extensive reading – the course will critically examine a number of film adaptations of Shakespeare’s work.
INSTRUCTOR: John Orlock, Samuel B. and Virginia C. Knight Professor of Humanities, Department of English, Case Western Reserve University

No classes March 13, 14, 15 – CWRU Spring Break

Wednesdays, March 21-April 18
This course will be a quick and tuneful survey of the music of the 1960s. We’ll look at some of the major trends, figures, and themes to arise in pop music while the Baby Boomers were coming of age, and explore everything from the hysteria of the British Invasion to the tragedy at Altamont.
INSTRUCTOR: Daniel Goldmark, Professor of Music, Case Western Reserve University


Landmark Centre | Lifelong Learning Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >


Thursdays, March 22-May 10 | 2-3:30 p.m.

Sol Factor, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


The team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II totally changed the American Musical both in structure and also how difficult subject matter was to be presented. They were not afraid to deal with subject matter ranging from inter-racial relationships, abusive husbands, racial prejudices, to Nazi takeovers. Throughout their musicals, they always taught us that in the darkest times there was always hope. We will examine seven musicals; six written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, and one, Showboat, written by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Book: The Sound of their Music: The Story of Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frederick Nolan. In addition, CD and DVD selections will highlight the musicals.

Hamlet Village Clubhouse | Lifelong Learning Members: $82; Nonmembers: $87 | REGISTER >