F109Z The Paris Musicals of Cole Porter
Friday, 1:00—2:30, Oct. 20
Instructor: Daniel Moskowitz
Paris was an important inspiration and refuge for Cole Porter throughout his life. We’ll discuss what the real city meant to him and focus in particular on the eight musicals he wrote which were set in Paris (albeit a burnished, perhaps somewhat mythical vision of the ‘City of Light and Love’). We will hear from those shows some of his most famous songs (“I Love Paris”, “You Do Something to Me”, “Let’s Misbehave”, “Let’s Fall in Love”, “At Long Last Love”, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”) and some quite wonderful lesser-known ones, sung by Maurice Chevalier, Ethel Merman, Mary Martin, Marlene Dietrich, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, and many more.
Dan Moskowitz is a magazine journalist who taps his vocational interest in American popular music and in Broadway to give occasional courses at the GMU OLLI as well as the OLLI at American University.