F103 Fall 2018 Wait, I’ve Heard That!: Classical Music in Everyday Places
Mondays, 2:15–3:40, Oct. 15–Nov. 5
Instructor: Martha Powers
How often have you been watching TV or a movie and recognized a tune but weren’t sure where you’d heard it before? In this series, we’ll look at, listen to, and view the many places where works of great composers sneak into our lives.
- Oct. 15: Tchaikovsky Made Me Eat It: Classical Music in Commercials. Remember “the cereal that’s shot from guns”? That ditty was from Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, and we’ll explore many more.
- Oct. 22: I Can’t Help Falling in Love with… Who? Classical Music in Popular Hits. Elvis’ chart-topper was based on an obscure Italian song, Barry Manilow turned Chopin into a hit, and that’s not all.
- Oct. 29: Waltzing through the Universe: Classical Music in Movies. We’ll float through the heavens with “The Blue Danube” in 2001: A Space Odyssey, throb along with Dudley Moore and Ravel’s Bolero in 10.
- Nov. 5: The Maestro Has Big Ears: Classical Music in TV Shows. From Bugs Bunny conducting Figaro to Schroeder playing Beethoven, we’ll explore familiar tunes woven into television over the years.
is an OLLI member fascinated by the popularization of classical music in our culture. (You may have caught her classes on Liberace and Victor Borge in the past.) She holds a BA in Music from American University and an MBA from Virginia Polytechnic Institute.