Gone But Not Forgotten

A celebration of the legacies of four unique artists who left us recently. American soprano and role model Jessye Norman, Italian film composer and conductor Ennio Morricone, Broadway hit-maker Jerry Herman and Italian film and opera director, stage designer and politician Franco Zeffirelli. These artists celebrated their unique talents and left timeless contributions to culture. They all devoted their lives to creating lasting art and their brief obituaries in the press did not do them justice.

A $50 discount will be applied automatically for adults 55+.

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Online - Neil Ritchie $170.00 0 Join Waitlist

Schedule clarification: This is a four-week online course. It runs from Monday, February 8 to Friday, March 5. Each week, all week, you can study that week’s material, post and respond to messages, and engage in course activities. You will participate in live videoconferencing sessions each Thursday from 1–2:30 p.m. PT.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the contributions to music of each artist
  • Give representative examples of the works of each artist
  • Outline the career of each artist
  • Discuss the style, impact and motivations of the artists

Learning methods

Your online learning will include the following methods:

  • Participation in written discussions with other students
  • Participation in videoconference seminars
  • Suggested and optional further readings and references

For Liberal Arts for 55+ Certificate students: you will write a reflective essay.


Week 1: Jessye Norman (1945-2019)

The soprano's voice was described as sumptuous. She created her own path, combining concert music, spirituals and the opera roles that she felt called to perform.

Week 2: Ennio Morricone (1928-2020)

Composer of 500 film scores, perhaps most celebrated for the so-called “spaghetti westerns” of Sergio Leone. His works transcended the screen and he conducted the scores with orchestras around the world.

Week 3: Jerry Herman (1931-2019) 

Composer of the music and lyrics for Broadway evergreens Hello Dolly, Mame and La Cage Aux Folles. His credo was to write entertaining shows with unforgettable songs.

Week 4: Franco Zeffirelli (1923-2019)

The New York Times summed Zeffirelli up nicely: "Renowned for his extravagantly romantic opera productions, popular film versions of Shakespeare and supercharged social life."

Books, materials and resources

You will access reading material using SFU's online course management system, Canvas.

Technical requirements

This course is delivered using SFU's online learning system, Canvas. You can check if your browser is compatible with Canvas here.  

To get the most out of this online course, you should be comfortable doing the following:

  • Using everyday software such as browsers, email and social media
  • Navigating a website by clicking on links and finding pages in a menu
  • Downloading and opening PDF documents
  • Posting, replying and uploading images to a discussion board
  • Participating in videoconferencing sessions

You will be participating in videoconferencing using Zoom Meetings. For this, your computer needs to have a camera, microphone and speakers or headphones. Your computer software should be up to date with the latest available operating system and browser versions.

Accessing your course

  • A few days before the course starts, we will email you more information about the course and how you'll access it. You will also receive an email inviting you to access the Canvas learning platform (click on the link in the invitation to join the course). Once you’ve accessed Canvas, you can begin exploring the platform on your own. The full course will be accessible on its start date.
  • We’ll also host a virtual drop-in time on Zoom Meetings a few days before the course starts. This will give you a chance to check that you can access Zoom Meetings, and that your computer’s camera and microphone and speakers are working properly.

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