Join us for week three of this four-week series presented by Dr. Gil Harel.
Music as Theater, Part III - Musical Theater in the 20th Century
Musicologists mostly agree that musical theater - particularly in its earlier, 20th-century incarnation, bore much in common with opera. Indeed, in the works of Leonard Bernstein, there is an occasional a "blurring of the lines" between these genres (see, for example, Candide). In this program we will consider the emergence of this new and exciting genre, and learn to distinguish between opera, operetta and the then-nascent style of musical theater. In the back half of the lecture, Dr. Harel will discuss works from the late 20th century, including Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.
This program will take place on Zoom. All registrants will be emailed the link.
Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western classical repertoire to jazz. Previously, he has served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College, where he was awarded the prestigious "Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching", as well as the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu, China. Currently, he teaches at Naugatuck Valley Community College, where he was presented with the "Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College." At NVCC, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions. Outside of teaching, he enjoys staying active as a pianist and vocalist.