This course looks at a diverse mix of artists acclaimed as the best in their fields. Their gifts are obvious, but as we’ll discover, there is no single designated route to success, either on the stage or off. Education, talent, luck, charisma, family, timing and hard work all play a part.
We’ll see how six different artists have taken different paths to glory. Daniel Barenboim came to world attention as a child-prodigy pianist, later adding conducting to his résumé. Tony Bennett’s enduring dedication to the American songbook means he’s still performing at 93. Composer Bernard Herrmann developed good working relationships with the best film directors. Nina Simone is famous for her poetic intensity, and Bruno Mars for his high-energy performances. Finally, Marilyn Horne has gone from recording jingles to conquering the world of opera.
Please note that enrollment in this course is reserved for adults 55+.