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ENRICH-0551 – Music: What Is Virtuosity (ENRICH-0551_VIRT)

Virtuosity: Uncovering Music's Dazzling Brilliance and Its Simple Gifts

Watching a virtuoso in action can bring to mind NBA hoopsters draining three-pointers, Hamilton cast members rattling off hip-hop lyrics or Jeopardy! contestants answering obscure questions instantly. And, of course, musicians of all types impressing us with phenomenal playing and singing—casually delivering a parade of notes error-free. How do they do it? They'll tell you that conquering music's difficulties involves hundreds of hours of practice, plus a steady heartbeat and nerves of steel. But it's more than that, as you’ll discover in this music-filled course taught online by popular Enrichment Program instructor Marc Shulgold. In three evening sessions, examine multiple genres, from folk, bluegrass and rock to classical, opera and Broadway. Plus, consider the opposite extreme of virtuosity and bask in the peaceful world of simplicity—music that quietly embraces the understated. Learn how a single line of gently expressive melody can actually become a performer's toughest test. Composers and songwriters know when to pull things back, sometimes even choosing silence instead of sound. Discuss the values of virtuosity: Can it become truly expressive and emotional? And what about the different realms of technical brilliance, such as the art of spontaneous creation in jazz or even in comic improvisation? Virtuosity comes in all shapes and colors.

Three Zoom sessions
Tue., Nov. 2, 9, 16, 2021, 7-9 pm MT

Marc Shulgold is a music journalist, concert lecturer and teacher. After working at the Los Angeles Times for 12 years, Marc became the first—and the last—music and dance writer at the Rocky Mountain News, covering the cultural scene throughout the region for nearly 22 years.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: OnlinePlaces Left: 18Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $105


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Tuesday2nd November 202116th November 202107:00PM - 09:00PMN/AMarc Shulgold