19-308 Cole Porter: Master Craftsman of the Popular Song on Broadway and in Musical Films
Gail Nelli, Thursdays 10 am - 12 noon
HOA1 Activity Center: October 24, 31 November 7, 14
Agate Room November 21
From his privileged childhood as the grandson of the wealthiest man in the state of Indiana to his eventual prominence as a songwriter, Cole Porter lived the high life of the upper social strata of both New York City and Paris. The popularity of his individual songs from both the Broadway stage shows and Hollywood films lasted far beyond the knowledge of the man himself.
In our sessions participants will explore the family background and early musical influences that led him to become both a composer and lyricist of his songs. His sophisticated lyrics revealed a smartness and cynicism that displayed the cultural, literary and geographical allusions of his well bred lifestyle.