Rod MacDonald

LLS Jupiter Distinguished Faculty Award 2012

Music Appreciation and Performance

Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village, NY in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and has released 12 CDs of his own songs, including 2018’s “Beginning Again” and three CDs with the Palm Beach County band Big Brass Bed. He performs in festivals, clubs and concerts locally and throughout North America and Europe and was named “Best Local Acoustic Performer” in Broward and Palm Beach counties by the New Times and “one of the ten magnificent musicians of Palm Beach County” by the Palm Beach Post. An instructor with Osher LLI at Florida Atlantic University since 2006, his previous series include Music Americana, The Great American Songbook and The Roots of Rock and Roll.

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The Songs of Ray Charles & Stevie Wonder

Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers

Pioneers of soul, funk, country and popular music, Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder brought their unique genius to such classics as “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” and “Hallelujah I Love Her So,” “Ma Cherie Amour,” “Superstition,” “Living For The City,” “You Are The Sunshine Of My Life,” and many others. Both superb and creative keyboardists, and Wonder a renowned harmonica player, their soulful and joyful music lives on. Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives, music and genius of these unique artists, as told in their songs
Register Early! There is a $5 charge for registering on the day of a one-time lecture or event.

Course # FNW3 — One Time Event
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Wednesday, December 2 2020
Time:7 - 8:30 PM
Fee:$35 / member; $45 / non-member

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Music Americana

The Music of Modern Life

With melody, a sound, and a lyric, great artists find themselves on the leading edge of their own times. From the hip classics of “West Side Story” to the romantic teens of Motown; from the profound ramblings of Arlo to the insights of Sondheim; from the laid-back Jackson Brown to the spectaculars of Bocell, Shakira, and Grande, songwriters, musicians and singers tell our story in song. This series will examine the work, biographies and enduring importance of these musical artists, with videos and excerpts from feature films, live performances and a few surprises.

Four Lectures
  1. The Wisdom - Leonard Bernstein, Arlo Guthrie
  2. The Motown Women - The Marvelettes, Supremes, Martha & Gladys
  3. The Wordsmiths - Stephen Sondheim, Jackson Brown
  4. The Next Wave - Andrea Bocelli, Shakira, Ariana Grande

Course # F4T2 — Last 4 Weeks
Place:Auditorium, Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus
Dates:Tuesdays, November 10, 17; December 1, 8 2020
Time:2:30 - 4 PM
Fee:$50 / member; $65 / non-member

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