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Mozart's Operatic Magic

The musical genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is universally acknowledged by connoisseurs and laymen alike; but sadly, his wonderful operas are slightly less appreciated. This may be partly explained by the barriers of language and dramatic convention which confront the “average” listener. Designed for those Mozart lovers who would enjoy a personal tour guide for his operas, you will examine what other music Mozart was composing at the time of each opera’s development; explore first–hand accounts of premieres; and look at current interpretive ideas for productions. Liberal use of video and audio examples will illustrate the class, as well as suggestions for listening, reading, and web exploration.

  • Instructor
    Diane Mitchell, retired music teacher, Hemet, attended the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts (ISOMATA), studied music at UCLA where she participated in the Opera Workshop, has more than 30 years of experience teaching piano and harpsichord to students of all ages and levels, and still enjoys singing in operas, choruses, madrigal groups and chamber choirs. UCR Osher instructor since 2011.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Apr. 6-May 11 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    144−CPS−S61

Making Sense of Choice and Change: The Search for Peace of Mind in a Mindless World

Move beyond the analysis of the process of choice and into the world of action. Choice and the human power of decision making is viewed as a tool for self-empowerment and as a powerful skill to create positive change in one's life. Study and examine the words and images of some of the most enlightened minds that exist, and have lived on this planet including Deepak Chopra, Eckhart Tolle, Jiddu Krishnamurti and Neale Donald Walsch. "Each of our lives is an adventure to becoming human."--Joseph Campbell from The Heroes Journey.

  • Instructor
    Gary Bindman, J.D., was a practicing attorney and served on the bench of the Los Angeles Superior and Municipal Courts for more than 25 years. He recently earned a Designated Subject Career Teaching Credential from California State University, San Bernardino. UCR Osher instructor since 2014.
  • Date/Time
    Mon. 9-11 a.m., Apr. 6-May 11 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    144−CPS−S60

Tuesdays with Spirit and Soul: For the Next 7 Generations: 13 Indigenous Grandmothers

This documentary follows the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers, a group of female elders who focus on global, environmental and social justice issues, as they travel. A powerful message about facilitating alliances across race, class and ethnicity, this film shows that strength doesn’t diminish with age.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Apr. 7 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    144−CPS−S86

The Great Publications: Where are they Now?

Americans and American society have been profoundly influenced and affected by the news reported in many of 'iconic' newspapers and publications of the 20th century. In an age of the Internet and social media engines, what has happened and what will happen to these institutions and their historical impact on shaping our lives and our awareness of what goes on the world will be discussed. You will examine the families and owners of the publications and the great news events covered by some of the major newspapers that still exist, and those that are no longer in print. Institutions include The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The St. Louis Dispatch.

  • Instructor
    Robert D. Kline, is a former member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science, and has been a film and television producer and studio head for more than 30 years. UCR Osher instructor since 2005.
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 9-11 a.m., Apr. 8-May 13 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    144−CPS−S65

The American Broadway Musical from Inception to Present Day

The American Broadway musical has defined our culture and, in turn, been defined by it. The musical tell its stories in music, lyrics, dialogue, performance, and dance. Each of these elements is a potent cultural indicator on its own and put together, they provide a frequently brash, occasionally, thoughtful, and always colorful portrait of our country. Like many of the best Broadway performances from 1893- 2014, you will examine versions of American history that demand to be heard.

  • Instructor
    Randall W. Hatch, B.S., Instructor, has been in the interior design field for many years, both as a designer and instructor. He has taught for various interior design programs such as UCLA Extension and the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
  • Date/Time
    Wed. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Apr. 8-May 13 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    144−CPS−S64

The Great Religions

Examine the roots, theology and the human and spiritual elements that are the foundations of six of the world's great religions. You will discuss major historical insights and events that impacted the religions, explore the life of its leaders, and offer an analysis of the commonalities and differences contained within each religion.

  • Instructor
    Robert D. Kline, is a former member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Science, and has been a film and television producer and studio head for more than 30 years. UCR Osher instructor since 2005.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Apr. 9-May 14 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    144−CPS−S67

The Week's News in Review

An interactive discussion of events shaping the news each week, including analyses on similarities to past occurrences in the 20th Century during the same time period. Media sources include, print, TV, the Internet and social media. You discuss politics, the economy, sports, show business and topics pulled from the "headlines."

  • Instructor
    Dick Stein, B.S., majored in economics at the University of Maryland and went on to be a successful entrepreneur. He worked for the New York Times, is one of the founders of ESPN and has taught college-level history and economics in Los Angeles. UCR Osher instructor since 2009.
  • Date/Time
    Thurs. 9-11 a.m., Apr. 9-May 14 (6 meetings)
  • Location
    Annenberg Center, RANCHO MIRAGE
  • Section
    144−CPS−S66

Tuesdays with Spirit and Soul: A Small Section of the World

This is the inspirational story of a group of Costa Rican women from a remote farming region whose ideas sparked a revolution in the coffee growing industry. With perseverance and resourcefulness, these women overcame great odds to make a big difference in their section of the world.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Apr. 14 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    144−CPS−S87

Tuesdays with Spirit and Soul:The Power of the Heart

Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Roko Belic devoted four years of his life to answering one question: What makes people happy? In this documentary film, Belic takes viewers to 14 different countries to answer that question, combining research on happiness with individual experiences.

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Apr. 21 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    144−CPS−S88

Tuesdays with Spirit and Soul: Death Makes Life Possible

  • Instructor
  • Date/Time
    Tues. 6:30-8:30 p.m., Apr. 28 (1 meetings)
  • Location
    UCR Palm Desert, PALM DESERT
  • Section
    144−CPS−S89
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