This course will examine the life and career of one of the most successful and controversial woman in the history of popular music. During the past 32 years, Madonna has achieved international success as a singer, songwriter, actress and businesswoman. Often called the “Queen of Pop,” she is the best-selling female artist in history with over 300 million records sold worldwide. Born Madonna Louise Ciccone in Bay City in 1958, her grandparents were lifelong residents, and her mother, Madonna Louse Fortin was born and married there. Despite her Bay City roots, Madonna’s relationship with her hometown has been rocky at best. The course will include many classic music videos, scenes from her films, and several hundred photos, including some rare family photographs. It will also examine her family’s history in the area and also discuss why Bay City has failed to capitalize on its most famous native. The class will be led by OLLI member Gary Johnson.
Thursdays: February 12, 19, 26 & March 5 from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Price: $27 Members; $54 Non-Members
Blues, Cajun & Zydeco Music (254)
Join the talented Ziggie Zeitler, owner of the White Crow Conservancy of Music, for an entertaining and informative class about Blues, Cajun, and Zydeco music. He will discuss the origins of each type, show some videos which illustrate each of the styles, and also demonstrate each style. Ziggie, who has been recording and touring for more than 40 years, is a multi-instrumentalist with more than a dozen albums to his name. He is also one of Saginaw’s most prolific music teachers. The class will be held at the White Crow, 3737 Mackinaw in Saginaw.
Wednesdays: February 18, 25 & March 4 from 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members
SBSO Preview Lecture With Maestro Brett Mitchell (255)
Join Saginaw Bay Symphony music director Brett Mitchell as he delves into the pieces which the symphony will perform two days after each of his talks. The March 14 concert entitled On the Road Again, features the music of Kilar, Mendelssohn, Ravel, and Beethoven. The April 11 concert will be a Grand Farewell and feature pieces by Puts, Mozart and Mahler which were performed in 2010, Mitchell’s first year with the SBSO. This will be a fun, in-depth look at what you will hear at the concert. Tickets to the concert are not included in the class fee.
Thursdays: March 12 & April 9 • 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Price: $16 Members; $32 Non-Members
Fiddlin’ Around (256)
Is there something about violin music that really gets to you? Or maybe it’s the fiddle that appeals. (They’re the same instrument - just the tunes are different.) Join a group that will allow you to test your abilities. Long-time music teacher and performer Duane Spyker will guide class members into the world of violins. Meet your musical peers at the White Crow Conservancy of Music,
3737 Mackinaw, Saginaw. Violins will be available to borrow for the class. The maximum is 12.
Tuesdays: March 24, 31, April 7 & 14 from 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $39 Members; $69 Non-Members
The Pipe Organ and Its Music (257)
The pipe organ is one of the world’s oldest and most diverse instruments. Its tonal colors cover a large dynamic range and are utilized in sacred and secular contexts. This three-part class is an introductory survey of the organ’s repertoire highlighting the stylistic periods of Baroque, Romantic, and the 20th century. Musical examples will be performed on the Frances Goll Mills Memorial Pipe Organ, First Congregational Church’s recently restored four-manual pipe organ. The class will be led by Nicholas Schmelter, who has served as the Minister of Music at the historic church since 2011. Please note that this class will be held at the church,
403 South Jefferson, in Saginaw.
Tuesdays: March 3, 10 & 17 • 10 a.m. - Noon
Price: $22 Members; $44 Non-Members