• Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-20-2022 to 05-20-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 11:00 AM-1:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    There’s a lot more to trumpeter Herb Alpert (1935- ) than just the Tijuana Brass. Alpert is one of two musicians to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart as both a vocalist and an instrumentalist. He has released five No. 1 albums, earned nine Grammys, and sold 72 million records worldwide. In 1962, he co-founded A&M Records with Jerry Moss. Their... read more
    There’s a lot more to trumpeter Herb Alpert (1935- ) than just the Tijuana Brass. Alpert is one of two musicians to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart as both a vocalist and an instrumentalist. He has released five No. 1 albums, earned nine Grammys, and sold 72 million records worldwide. In 1962, he co-founded A&M Records with Jerry Moss. Their label’s catalogue included many major musical acts of the day. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-23-2022 to 05-23-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Marilyn Monroe (1926-62) was perhaps the most famous product of the Hollywood film industry. Her image was fashioned, shaped, and endlessly remade, until studio executives felt their investment had been brought to fruition. Behind the breathy whispers and seductive walk was a young woman who aspired to be taken seriously as a dramatic actress and musical... read more
    Marilyn Monroe (1926-62) was perhaps the most famous product of the Hollywood film industry. Her image was fashioned, shaped, and endlessly remade, until studio executives felt their investment had been brought to fruition. Behind the breathy whispers and seductive walk was a young woman who aspired to be taken seriously as a dramatic actress and musical performer. She came close to achieving her dream, but tragically, her life ended far too soon. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-25-2022 to 05-25-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Claude Debussy (1862-1918) lived long enough to witness the century of the airplane, but died before being able to write a musical impression of manned flight. A visionary composer and one of the pillars of modern music, Debussy rejected the label of impressionist. His non-traditional use of western scale patterns, as well as his use of chromaticism,... read more
    Claude Debussy (1862-1918) lived long enough to witness the century of the airplane, but died before being able to write a musical impression of manned flight. A visionary composer and one of the pillars of modern music, Debussy rejected the label of impressionist. His non-traditional use of western scale patterns, as well as his use of chromaticism, influenced a new generation of musicians. His piano works, chamber music, and operatic and orchestral compositions remain popular with audiences today. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 05-26-2022 to 05-26-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 03:30 PM-05:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Janice Knoefel
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    “Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary labourer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life’s feast, and the most nourishing.” Shakespeare's description in Macbeth captures the restorative properties of sleep. Join Dr. Knoefel for an exploration of the science... read more
    “Innocent sleep. Sleep that soothes away all our worries. Sleep that puts each day to rest. Sleep that relieves the weary labourer and heals hurt minds. Sleep, the main course in life’s feast, and the most nourishing.” Shakespeare's description in Macbeth captures the restorative properties of sleep. Join Dr. Knoefel for an exploration of the science of sleep. What does it do for us? How do we measure it? What happens if I don't sleep enough? How can I improve my sleep? Janice Knoefel, MD, MPH, is a neurologist and geriatrician with more than 35 years of experience. She has been on the faculties of the University of Cincinnati, Boston University, and UNM, where she participates in clinical care, teaching, and research. She is especially interested in prevention of the neurological diseases of aging.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-09-2022 to 06-09-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 03:30 PM-05:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    During a career spanning more than six decades, Bernadette Peters (1948- ) has been a star of stage and screen, given solo concerts, recorded albums, and written books for children. She is also regarded by many as the foremost interpreter of the works of Stephen Sondheim. Her profession as a singer and actress has been critically acclaimed since her youth,... read more
    During a career spanning more than six decades, Bernadette Peters (1948- ) has been a star of stage and screen, given solo concerts, recorded albums, and written books for children. She is also regarded by many as the foremost interpreter of the works of Stephen Sondheim. Her profession as a singer and actress has been critically acclaimed since her youth, and she continues to maintain a dizzying schedule of personal appearances and film work. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-13-2022 to 06-13-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931) died at 28, but not without leaving his mark on jazz and popular music. One of the most tragic figures in early jazz, Bix was also one of the most important. His all-too-short legacy is often overlooked in favor of artists whose lives were longer, richer, and ultimately, more successful. Louis Armstrong once said “Lots of cats... read more
    Bix Beiderbecke (1903-1931) died at 28, but not without leaving his mark on jazz and popular music. One of the most tragic figures in early jazz, Bix was also one of the most important. His all-too-short legacy is often overlooked in favor of artists whose lives were longer, richer, and ultimately, more successful. Louis Armstrong once said “Lots of cats tried to play like Bix; ain’t none of them play like him yet.” Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-24-2022 to 06-24-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie (1947-2016) chose to hide his terminal illness from fans for as long as possible, while writing and recording his final album, Blackstar. This singer-songwriter and actor maintained a high-profile career in popular music for more than half a century, becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists of... read more
    David Robert Jones, better known as David Bowie (1947-2016) chose to hide his terminal illness from fans for as long as possible, while writing and recording his final album, Blackstar. This singer-songwriter and actor maintained a high-profile career in popular music for more than half a century, becoming one of the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. This class explores not only his eclectic catalogue of songs, but the fascinating man behind the music. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 06-27-2022 to 06-27-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    The son of Austrian Jewish immigrants, Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979), studied in Berlin before returning stateside to work as a violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from whence he slowly but steadily built his career. Perhaps best known for leading the Boston Pops, he also worked with the San Francisco Pops for 26 summers and conducted many other... read more
    The son of Austrian Jewish immigrants, Arthur Fiedler (1894-1979), studied in Berlin before returning stateside to work as a violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra, from whence he slowly but steadily built his career. Perhaps best known for leading the Boston Pops, he also worked with the San Francisco Pops for 26 summers and conducted many other orchestras around the world. He was also an avid sailor and an Honorary Captain in the Boston Fire Department. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-15-2022 to 07-15-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Friday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    With a background shrouded in mystery, Edith Piaf (1915-63) became France’s national chanteuse and one of the country’s most widely known international stars. Diminutive in stature yet enormously gifted, Piaf used her vocal skills and insightful ballad interpretations to captivate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Explore the myth, the mystique,... read more
    With a background shrouded in mystery, Edith Piaf (1915-63) became France’s national chanteuse and one of the country’s most widely known international stars. Diminutive in stature yet enormously gifted, Piaf used her vocal skills and insightful ballad interpretations to captivate audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Explore the myth, the mystique, and the music of "The Little Sparrow." Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-21-2022 to 07-21-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    From the 1940s-60s, Burl Ives (1909-95) was a well-known interpreter of American folk songs. Tennessee Williams wrote the part of Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) for him, his film career included East of Eden (1955) and Our Man in Havana (1959), and he narrated the classic special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Despite a long and varied... read more
    From the 1940s-60s, Burl Ives (1909-95) was a well-known interpreter of American folk songs. Tennessee Williams wrote the part of Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955) for him, his film career included East of Eden (1955) and Our Man in Havana (1959), and he narrated the classic special Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). Despite a long and varied career, he could never escape his performance at the McCarthy hearings. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-27-2022 to 07-27-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    This class is the second in a series exploring classic film scores. For this class, we concentrate on the evolution of jazz scores (first heard in the 1940s, and including the contribution of Miles Davis), the comeback of symphonic scoring with spaghetti Westerns, the introduction of rock music, and the somewhat unsettling avant garde. Film composers of the... read more
    This class is the second in a series exploring classic film scores. For this class, we concentrate on the evolution of jazz scores (first heard in the 1940s, and including the contribution of Miles Davis), the comeback of symphonic scoring with spaghetti Westerns, the introduction of rock music, and the somewhat unsettling avant garde. Film composers of the era include Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Ennio Morricone, Henry Mancini, Maurice Jarre, and Jerry Goldsmith. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-27-2022 to 07-27-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 03:30 PM-05:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Cathy Dahms
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Art Nouveau, "New Art," was a radical change that occurred in the decorative arts around 1890, and glass was an excellent medium to express the sinuous, organic style of Art Nouveau because of its fluid nature. Tiffany, Loetz, Gallé, Daum, Lalique, Steuben - we will see examples of their glass and explore the history behind these great glasshouses and... read more
    Art Nouveau, "New Art," was a radical change that occurred in the decorative arts around 1890, and glass was an excellent medium to express the sinuous, organic style of Art Nouveau because of its fluid nature. Tiffany, Loetz, Gallé, Daum, Lalique, Steuben - we will see examples of their glass and explore the history behind these great glasshouses and dozens of other glass artists that exemplified the beauty of Art Nouveau glass. An avid lifetime glass collector, Cathy Dahms has been writing a book on glass decorative techniques as a retirement project. She has done extensive research at the Rakow Research Library (Corning), the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia, and museums throughout the Czech Republic. She is an active member of numerous glass organizations.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 07-28-2022 to 07-28-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM-12:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: David Crossley
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Women in the sciences have historically been pushed aside and their achievements minimized or even ignored. Their male peers have often stolen women's work, or demeaned it for personal gain. Female mathematicians had to adopt male pseudonyms to receive recognition, and female researchers were routinely dismissed as assistants or technicians. This course... read more
    Women in the sciences have historically been pushed aside and their achievements minimized or even ignored. Their male peers have often stolen women's work, or demeaned it for personal gain. Female mathematicians had to adopt male pseudonyms to receive recognition, and female researchers were routinely dismissed as assistants or technicians. This course highlights the accomplishments of numerous women scientists, and the often-disgraceful treatment they received. David Crossley has degrees in both electrical and mechanical engineering; he retired from a 40-year career in the aerospace arena. He taught electromagnetics at New Mexico State University, performed electronic warfare operations in five war zones with the Air Force out of Kirtland Air Force Base, and is now playing oboe with the Albuquerque Philharmonic.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-10-2022 to 08-10-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Wednesday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Reba McEntire (1955- ) has not only had a successful career as a country music singer, but has worked as an actress in films and television, and owns several businesses. Since the 1970s, McEntire has placed over 100 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, 25 of which have reached No. 1. Her TV series Reba aired for six years, and in 2001 she played the... read more
    Reba McEntire (1955- ) has not only had a successful career as a country music singer, but has worked as an actress in films and television, and owns several businesses. Since the 1970s, McEntire has placed over 100 singles on the Billboard Hot Country charts, 25 of which have reached No. 1. Her TV series Reba aired for six years, and in 2001 she played the role of Annie Oakley in the Broadway musical? Annie Get Your Gun. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-18-2022 to 08-18-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:30 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-22-2022 to 08-22-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Bette Midler (1945- ) began her career off-Broadway before moving to the Great White Way for Fiddler on the Roof and?Salvation in the 1960s. She started to make her mark as a singer accompanied by Barry Manilow in 1970. Since the release of her debut album The Divine Miss M in 1972, the Grammy Award winner has had a string of 14 studio albums, three dozen... read more
    Bette Midler (1945- ) began her career off-Broadway before moving to the Great White Way for Fiddler on the Roof and?Salvation in the 1960s. She started to make her mark as a singer accompanied by Barry Manilow in 1970. Since the release of her debut album The Divine Miss M in 1972, the Grammy Award winner has had a string of 14 studio albums, three dozen films (dramatic and comedic), and multiple stage appearances to her credit. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-22-2022 to 08-22-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Monday
    Time: 01:30 PM-03:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Timothy C. Graham
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    The Vikings burst onto the historical scene in 793 when they attacked Lindisfarne, one of the richest monasteries of northern Europe and a cultural icon. They quickly acquired a reputation as devastating raiders. Yet they also accomplished much that was highly positive: they were master navigators, establishing trading networks that stretched well beyond... read more
    The Vikings burst onto the historical scene in 793 when they attacked Lindisfarne, one of the richest monasteries of northern Europe and a cultural icon. They quickly acquired a reputation as devastating raiders. Yet they also accomplished much that was highly positive: they were master navigators, establishing trading networks that stretched well beyond Europe and founding a brief colony in North America. In this class we investigate the contrasting and even contradictory aspects of the Viking legacy. Timothy Graham is a Distinguished Professor of history and a Regents' Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNM. He served as director of the Institute for Medieval Studies from 2002 until 2020, organizing the acclaimed annual Medieval Spring Lecture Series. He holds BA, MA, and PhD degrees from Cambridge and an MPhil from the Warburg Institute, University of London. He is the author of?Introduction to Manuscript Studies?and in 2016 received the Medieval Academy of America's Award for Excellence in Teaching Medieval Studies.
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  • Sessions: 1
    Class Date(s): 08-25-2022 to 08-25-2022
    Day(s) of the week: Thursday
    Time: 11:00 AM-01:00 PM Central Time
    Instructor: Jane Ellen
    Term: OE
    Location: Zoom - Albuquerque Oasis

    Named “Female Entertainer of the Century” by Billboard in 1976, singer Diana Ross (1944- ) has had a successful career both with the Supremes and later as a solo artist beginning in 1970. Her 25 studio albums, singles, and compilations have now sold more than 75 million units worldwide. She earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the film Lady... read more
    Named “Female Entertainer of the Century” by Billboard in 1976, singer Diana Ross (1944- ) has had a successful career both with the Supremes and later as a solo artist beginning in 1970. Her 25 studio albums, singles, and compilations have now sold more than 75 million units worldwide. She earned an Oscar nomination for her performance in the film Lady Sings the Blues (1972), and she has starred in other projects for film and television. Jane Ellen shares her eclectic interests via Zoom from Central Florida’s Space Coast. Specializing in music and entertainment history, she works to bring her subjects to life while making a deeper understanding of music accessible to all. Jane’s presentations benefit not only from her gifts as a storyteller, but from a lifetime of work as an independent scholar, performer, composer, and recording artist.
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