Workshops & Lectures
Osher Lifelong Learning Society, Florida Atlantic University
Course information on LLS website:   Boca Raton     Jupiter
new courses and concerts in Fall 2022

  Updated May 18, 2022. Rod MacDonald also lectures for private organizations (see list of lectures)
and leads workshops for songwriters 
     
Jupiter 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15
Boca Raton 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Jupiter 11/29/22 7 pm
Boca Raton 11/30/22 7 pm

This concert will also be archived for home viewing at your convenience; call 561-297-3185 or email olliboca@fau.edu
This class is also archived for home viewing; call 561-297-3185 or email olliboca@fau.edu

Music Americana
The New 21st Century Music
Rod MacDonald
Recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Faculty Award

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: After a century of popular music dominated by jazz and rock and roll, twenty-first-century music offers everything from the tradition-based Celtic Women to the experimental Pentatonics, from the chart-topping traditional pop and R & B of Michael Buble and John Legend to the eye-popping virtuosity of Tommy Immanuel and John Pizzarelli. And all the while, Neil Young and Nirvana’s Dave Grohl keep the rock and roll dream alive. This series examines the work, biographies, and enduring importance of these musical artists and attempts to sort myth from reality, using videos and film excerpts, live performances, and a few surprises.

LECTURES:
1. Keepers Of The Flame: Neil Young, Dave Grohl
2. The Beauty of Harmony: Celtic Women, The Pentatonics
3. Young Guys With Old Songs: Michael Buble, John Legend
4. The Modern Guitarist: John Pizzarelli, Tommy Immanuel

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Rod MacDonald has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 13 solo albums, including his 2020 cd Boulevard, which made the top ten on national folk music charts. He performs in festivals, concerts, and clubs and throughout North America, Europe, solo and with the bands Big Brass Bed and Rod MacDonald & The Humdingers. He was named Best Local Acoustic Performer by New Times and one of the "10 Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County" by The Palm Beach Post. Previous Music Americana courses include "The Birth of Rock & Roll," "The Great American Songbook," and "Mastery of the Art."


Jupiter Campus
Course #
Place: Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus, Donald Ross Rd
Dates: Tuesdays 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Fee: $60 / member; $80 / non-member

(561) 799 - 8547 or click here

Boca Raton Campus

Course #W383
Time: 3 pm
Date: Wednesdays, 10/26, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $60 / member; $80 / non-member
Registration Info call 
561-297-3171 or click here

Biographical Information: Rod MacDonald began his career as a singer/songwriter in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1973. He has 21 songs in the Smithsonian Folkways collection and 12 solo CDs, including the 2020 release "Boulevard". He performs at festivals and in clubs and concerts locally and throughout North America and Europe, and was named Best Local Acoustic Performer in Broward and Palm Beach counties by New Times, and one of the Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County by the Palm Beach Post. An instructor with LLS since 2006, his previous series include Folksinging in Modern Times, The Great American Songbook, The Roots of Rock & Roll, and Mastery Of The Art.
The Songs Of
Eric Clapton & Van Morrison

The Songs of Eric Clapton and Van Morrison
Eric Clapton and Van Morrison emerged from the 1960s British Invasion to become two of the most significant artists of modern times. Ranked the #2 guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone, Clapton’s hit songs with The Yardbirds, Cream, and Blind Faith were soon joined by “Layla,” “Tears In Heaven” and “Wonderful Tonight” as a solo, while Van Morrison brought his blues-jazz groove to the classics “Gloria,” “Moondance,” “Brown-Eyed Girl” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” as one of most unique vocalists of our time.
Join Rod MacDonald & the Humdingers for a fun and low-decibel tour through the lives and timeless music of these unique artists, as told in their songs.


--Rod MacDonald became one of Greenwich Village’s top singer-songwriters during the 1980s and today performs throughout North America and Europe. In South Florida, he has been named “Best Local Acoustic Artist” by New Times and one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County” by The Palm Beach Post, who named his 2014 CD, Later That Night, “Best Local CD of 2014.” He has been a Music Americana instructor at FAU since 2006.

--Bill Meredith, drums, is the backbone of several Palm Beach County rock and roll bands, including Big Brass Bed and Illumination. He has toured throughout the US and Canada, and appears on more than a dozen CDs.
--Brad Keller, keyboards, has performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Maynard Ferguson and the Ink Spots, is the jazz piano instructor at Palm Beach State College and has taught music in Palm Beach County public schools for twenty years. He is also the co-author of the “Jazz Cats” books used internationally to introduce young students to jazz.
--Doug Lindsey, bass and vocals, has been playing in south Florida bands for 30 years.
--John Smotherman, lead guitar, plays with Big Brass Bed, Illumination and several Palm Beach County bands. His exquisite solos led the Palm Beach Post to label him one of the “Ten Magnificent Musicians of Palm Beach County.”


Jupiter Campus
Course #
Place: Lifelong Learning Complex, Jupiter Campus, Donald Ross Rd
Dates: Tuesday November 29
Time: 7 p.m.
Fee: $35 / member; $45 / non-member

(561) 799 - 8547 or click here

Boca Raton Campus

Course #WPL01054
Time: 7 pm
Date: Tuesday November 30, 2022
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: $30 / member; $35 / non-member
Registration Info call 
561-297-3171 or click here
 

Lectures
lectures at community associations and libraries...recent topics have included live performance/lectes such as "Songs of Greenwich Village" (solo),  "The Life & Times of Bob Dylan," (solo or with Big Brass Bed), and "The Search for the Birth of Rock & Roll"
(solo or with The Humdingers)
.....Lectures using dvds and video materials include "The Beatles: Coming to America," "Cole Porter/Johnny Mercer," "Frank Sinatra" and many other topics. To see a list of lectures, click here.

Songwriting Workshops
"Songwriting For Self Expression" and "Songwriting & Current Events" are for beginning thru advanced songwriters, to inspire and sharpen each writer's skill and ability to express oneself. At the New York Open Center, the Amp Shop in West Palm Beach, Common Ground on the Hill, the Southeast Unitarian-Universalist Summer Institute, the Endicott (NY) Arts Center, S Florida Folk Festival, etc, from one session to several, sometimes one evening a week.

Here's an article in Binghamton, NY: