This series presents an overview of a number of significant songs that were written during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Most of the songs (but not all) will feature tunes that were noteworthy because they were composed by the performers themselves and had an impact on the generation that came of age during this transitional period. This music was markedly different from what came before and changed the music scene forever. We will listen and discuss songs that run the gamut of emotion: uplifting, questioning, sad, mystical, or just plain fun to dance to! From Elvis, Sam Cooke, Neil Sedaka, the Four Seasons; through the ‘British Invasion’ and the rise of Motown; to the end of the 70’s decade with Billy Joel, the Bee Gees, the Eagles, and even our own Dorchester- bred Donna Summers; we’ll hit the great tunes of the times.
Brian M. O’Connell: Director/Founder: Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop (Tuscany), since 2004. MA in Choral Conducting, as well as, Certification in Voice Therapy, from TBC. Brian completed all his course work for a PhD in Curriculum and Teaching-Music Education emphasis, at BU.
Brian has been on the faculty of: Berklee College, BU, Tufts, Northeastern, NEC, TBC, retiring last year from UMass/Lowell, as well as Lexington and Cambridge Rindge and Latin high schools.
Brian has presented hundreds of workshops/clinics on singing/choral methods. Since 2010, he has been an adjudicator of choral composition/choral performance for The American Prize. Brian has been a life-long proponent of poetry and its ability to stimulate the mind and enrich the spirit. For 17 years, he served as vocal director for LHS musicals with Steve Bogart and Jeff Leonard.