Opera Dives Deep: The Sound of Music
Evolution of a Classic American Musical
Monday, October 16, 2023
Notes of Virtue
Monday, October 23, 2023
Rodgers and Hammerstein and The Sound of Music
Monday, October 30, 2023

Evolution of a Classic American Musical

George Harter, speaker
Monday, October 16, 2023, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Examine thoroughly the final musical crafted by the duo of Rodgers and Hammerstein, the innovators behind the formula for the modern musical, showcased in their significant creations: Oklahoma!CarouselThe King and I, and Flower Drum Song.


Notes of Virtue

Grace Odell, speaker
Monday, October 23, 2023, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Get ready to dive into the fascinating world of the Trapp Family Singers and the musical they inspired! In this talk, we'll explore how the famously Austrian family and story of The Sound of Music embody a quintessential American value: the virtuous power of music. Together we’ll uncover the Trapp family's musical odyssey and how the widely loved musical's message aligns with their emphasis on family and virtue.


Rodgers and Hammerstein and The Sound of Music

Dr. Paul Laird, speaker
Monday, October 30, 2023, 7:00 pm-8:00 pm

Paul Laird’s lecture on Rodgers and Hammerstein for the Opera Deep Dives series will include overviews of each man’s work before they started to collaborate in 1943; their joint work on nine shows and two other projects; and their five most important shows that remain in the active repertory. He will also place The Sound of Music into the contexts of their work and the history of musical theater.