CANCELED 991 Spring 2019 Two Tales of Misia
Thursday, 11:50–1:15, May 2
Instructor: Marianne Metz
Ever hear of Misia Zofia Olga Zenajda Godebska Natanson Edwards Sert? If you lived in Paris 100 years ago, you’d certainly have known of her. Pianist, art patron, and friend, model and muse to artists like Renoir, Bonnard and Toulouse-Lautrec, Misia also presided over the most glittering artistic and intellectual salon in Paris. Serge Diaghilev and Coco Chanel were her close friends. Misia has been described as “a collector of geniuses, all of them in love with her.” In this class we’ll hear Misia’s story, as told in a new musical about her. The score for this musical was composed by Vernon Duke in 1949; its lyrics and libretto were created more than half a century later. The genesis of the musical Misia is a fascinating story in itself. Come ready to hear both Misia stories. Although the musical has yet to be produced, we will hear a top-notch audio recording of its songs. Be among the first to enjoy this melodious new/old musical.
Marianne Metz enjoys sharing music of the mid-20th century with fellow OLLI members, and has done so in more than 20 classes.