At its best, opera shows off the greatest instrument: the human voice. Beautifully thrilling voices create a truly grand, exciting experience for audiences. In this new class, learn and analyze what it takes to cast the right voice for the right role. Examine recordings and videos of great artists performing arias and ensembles, and compare similarities and differences between the voices of opera and those of popular songs.
Under the direction of a professional book group facilitator, participants examine the book together, analyzing characters, themes, and motifs and learning about the author’s background. Expect lively, interactive classes. Discussion questions are distributed in advance of each class session. Participants must read the book prior to each session.
Tuesdays, October 22, November 5 and 19, 1:00–3:00 pm
$75 General; $60 Members
Learn the basics of Jewish meditation with instruction, discussion, and time to practice. Open to people of all levels of experience and backgrounds, this class is designed to jumpstart and deepen participants’ Jewish meditation practices. Classes will draw on mystical Kabalistic teachings, Hasidic practices, and modern interpretations of prayer and ritual, and include resources for study and reflection at home.
Tuesdays, September 10–November 19 (No class on October 8), 7:00–10:00 pm
Master writing for a variety of children’s genres, including picture books, easy-to-reads, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction. This class, offered in partnership with Otis College Extension, explores the art of storytelling and how characterization, theme, plot development, dialogue, and point of view create unique and interesting stories. The children’s book marketplace, the importance of the editing process, how to work with illustrators, and how to submit your manuscripts to editors will also be covered.
Group 1: Monday, November 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm Group 2: Monday, November 25, 1:00–3:00 pm
Both groups are now full.
Back by popular demand! Learn basic principles of floral centerpiece design in this hands-on workshop from the award-winning designers of Flowers by Orie in Woodland Hills. Flowers, a container, and all supplies to complete a stunning floral arrangement are provided.