Impressionists, Romantics, & Realists Friday, 24 January 2020 – Friday, 28 February 2020 11:00 a.m. - Noon Register in person at Leisure World Clubhouse I, 3700 Rossmoor Blvd, Silver Spring, MD 20906 6 classes: $50.00 LW residents/ $60 non-residents WELCOME!
More Blue! They were subversive, revolutionary, countercultural geniuses! The Impressionists take the Romantic movement to new heights and create the most popular artistic movement the world has ever known! Color becomes experience, photography captures reality, literature explodes convention, dance abandons structure, and music pushes the senses to their outer limits. The 19th Century moves from the gentle malaise of Impressionism to the stinging bit of Reality. Art itself frees the human soul and nationalism begins to pervade the Arts and hints at unimagined horrors to come. Here you’ll find the beginnings of the film score and see how Art and Music consciously manipulate the senses for a completely immersive experience. Musicologist, tenor, and redoubtable raconteur Dr. Harry N. Dunstan leads this wild ride through the 19th century!
The Musical Mind Tuesday, 28 January 2020 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Music can transform your life forever! In this introduction to the fascinating field of Neuroaesthetics, Dr. Harry Dunstan will lead you on a discovery of the power of music. You’ll discover how the brain, mind, and body perceive and experience the elements of music. You'll also learn how engaged listening to music can lead to a more enhanced life.
The Most Stunningly Beautiful Music Ever Written and How to Listen to It Tuesdays in February (4, 11, 18, 25 February) 10:30 – noon
Are you ready to experience music in a new way?! Did you know that the human mind is, above all, designed to EXPERIENCE music? The overwhelming scientific evidence tells us that listening, playing, and experiencing music is one of the greatest things we can do for our mental and physical health. Simply experiencing beautiful music can improve our physical and mental condition, our emotional life, and is the single greatest agent to fight loneliness and depression. Dr. Harry N. Dunstan, the ever-engaging and entertaining raconteur and music historian, will guide you through the most stunningly beautiful musical masterpieces in Western Civilization. You’ll learn how to fully appreciate and apprehend the great musical works from each of the six major epochs of music history: Medieval; Renaissance; Baroque; Classical; Romantic; and the 20th & 21st Centuries. And even if you think you’ve never liked Classical Music, you’ll LOVE this class! With your new listening skills, you’ll discover new worlds of stunning sonic beauty that are waiting just for you!
OPERA CLUB Ring House (on-going) Wednesdays, 11:00 – noon
Charles E. Smith Life Communities 6121 Montrose Road Rockville, MD 20852 Dr. Dunstan gives pre-performances lectures before each Opera Club video viewing. 8 January: Die Fledermaus 22 January: Manon Lescaut 5 February: Pearl Fishers 19 February: I Puritani 4 March: Aida 18 March: Samson & Delilah