Santa Clara University

Osher Lifelong Learning
Porgy and Bess—taught by Lynne Morrow
George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess is a great American opera. Since its premiere in 1935, the music has become part of our popular culture. Most music lovers know the famous songs: Summertime, I Got Plenty of Nothing, It Ain't Necessarily So. But there are 500 other pages of music, including what is probably the source of the Star Wars theme! Students in this class will listen to a lot of that other music, be introduced to all of the character pairs and their themes and discover that Bess was not a character in DuBose Heyward's original novel, "Porgy"! Gershwin and Heyward's creation of a folk opera with black characters played by black singers was revolutionary. We will discuss the importance of the novel and the opera to American cultural history.
Date: Saturday, Apr. 3
Location: Arts & Sciences Bldg. #804, Rm. 135
Time: 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Cost: $30
(Lunch break from 12:00 pm-1:00 pm*)
*Optional lunch: To reserve a lunch please check off the appropriate box on the class registration form. You must reserve in advance. Please feel free to bring your own lunch and join the party for no additional cost.


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