Art, Music, Dance and Film

These courses are offered by the Quest Lifelong Learning Community. For more information on Quest, see more details at the bottom of this page.


Coordinators: Linda Downs, Lynnel Garabedian, Bob Reiss

This semester’s theme is spirituality in modern art, a subject that was originally thought to have vanished from art in the Western World after WW I. Four artists will be presented on this theme: Salvador Dali, Vassily Kandinsky, Andy Goldsworthy and Edward Hopper. In addition, two presentations from last Spring (on the artists Alice Schille and Paul Klee) will be given as well.

B WEEK / TUESDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm


Coordinators: Steve Koenig, Wayne Cotter

Each session will focus on one album by a band or solo artist and be enriched by related tracks from the band’s career or works by others which shed light on the album. Our definition of “rock” will be inclusive, containing branches of reggae, soul, folk, and country. This term will include Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, “Rock Goes Country —Part 2,” Richard & Linda Thompson, Blood Sweat & Tears, and Vampire Weekend.

A WEEK / MONDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm


Coordinators: Steve Koenig, Victor Brener, Frieda Lipp

At each session we view a different opera and engage in a lively discussion of the text, staging, medium, and the historical and cultural backgrounds.  This semester will include Leonard Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti, Maurice Ravel’s L’heure espagnol, Wolfgang Reim’s Jacob Lenz, and Jerome Kern’s Showboat.

A WEEK / TUESDAY / 2:00pm to 3:30pm




Coordinators: Sol Makon, Arlynn Greenbaum, Bob Reiss

Film lovers will be able to explore a broad range of film directors, from the silent era until today.  For each filmmaker, we will examine the motivations, the innovations and the techniques that consistently generated a distinctive film style. What factors played a part in his or her career development?

At each class, using film clips, we will view the works of a particular film director.  We will discuss why that film directors’ achievements resonate with modern audiences and still endure today.

B WEEK / MONDAY / 10:30am to 12:00pm