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First semester courses for 2017

The course book for Sydney U3A is available on the sidebar of the home page of the Sydney U3A website. The Endeavour (Southern) region courses may also be found on the sidebar of Endeavour’s main page. If you are not already a member of U3A, you may obtain a hard copy of the course book by joining Sydney U3A. Forms are available on the home page of the Sydney U3A website or by contacting the Sydney U3A office.

Scroll down for the first and second semester program for Explorations in Music and the first semester program 2017 of Gems of the Silver Screen. If you wish to know more about Sam Adam’s music course, click on the links in the right-hand column, Details.

Art in the South

Did you realise we have five art groups in this region?

Gymea Art Class works with pastels

 You can learn about Art History at Cronulla if you want to learn  about different  aspects of art, its history and individual artists. Discovering Art at Gymea makes frequent excursions to interesting galleries if you are interested in seeing the work of others.

You can create your own art at Cronulla, Gymea and Oatley if you wish to explore your inner da Vinci or Picasso.

Dip your toe in – or your paintbrush!

Gems of the Silver Screen

Film and ReelGems of the Silver Screen is held from 10.00 am to midday approximately every first and third Tuesday of the month upstairs at the Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Rd, Cronulla. The team leader is Brian Harvey (9521 5822).

Morning tea is held before class from 9.15 a.m.

Date Film Length
1. 7 February, 2017 As It is in Heaven (2004) A Swedish film nominated for Best Foreign Language Film for the 77th Hollywood Academy Awards
132 minutes
2. 21 February, 2017 People Will Talk (1950) A romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Jeanne Crain
105 minutes
 3. 7 March, 2017 Brief Encounter (1945) A British romantic drama, directed by David Lean, screen play written by Noel Coward and starring Celia Johnson, Trevor Howard, Stanley Holloway and Joyce Carey.
90 minutes
4. 21 March, 2017 Blithe Spirit (1945) A Noel Coward comedy still often staged and starring Rex Harrison
96 minutes
5. 4 April, 2017 A Town Like Alice (1956) A British drama starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch, based on the 1950 novel by Nevil Shute 117 minutes
6. 18 April, 2017 A Room with a View (1985)  British romance based on E. M. Forster’s 1908 novel of the same name. It is set in Edwardian England and Italy.
117 minutes
7. 2 May, 2017 Woman’s World (1954) Stars Clifton Webb, Cornel Wilde, June Allyson, Lauren Bacall, Fred MacMurray, Van Heflin and Arlene Dahl
94 minutes
8. 16 May, 2017 Bend It Like Beckham (2002) A British romantic comedy based around the soccer ambitions of a 18 year-old Indian girl living in a traditional Punjabi Sikh family. Stars Keira Knightley as the friend.
112 minutes


Explorations in Music – First and Second Semesters 2017MC900431531[1]

Explorations in Music is held from 1.00 p.m – 3.00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the upstairs theatrette of the Cronulla Arts Theatre.
Note that there will be no classes held during school holidays.

Manifesto of Explorations in Music

I am not here to teach you music. I am here to expand your musical appreciation by leading you through and exposing you to as many kinds of musical styles from as many sources and eras as I can.

I don’t want you to learn the notes but I do want you to feel the music. I would like you to absorb the sounds you hear as a sponge would absorb water. I would like your soul to be infused, filled and inspired by what you hear.

Some of the things I would like you to find as you listen to the music are: drama, romance, anger or irritation, beauty, hope, joy, serenity and a feeling for and an understanding of the magic of music.

Sam Adams


Date Theme Details
1. February 8 2017 Australian Composers: Graeme Koehne (1957 – ); Elena Kats-Chernin (1957 – ) Forty Reasons to be Cheerful
2. February 22  2017 Peter Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) Part III Piano Concerto No.2
3. March 8 2017 Scandinavian Music (Part II) Serenade for String Orchestra Op11
4. March 22 2017 George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) Part III Judus Maccabaeus Overture
5. April 26 2017 The Duke Ellington Story (on CD and DVD) Duke Ellington The River
6. May 10 2017 Flemish Orchestral Music Part II Myth of Spring – Flemish
7. May 24 2017 Symphonic Rock Impressions Part II Beatles Concerto Grosso No.1
8. June 14 2017 Aram Khachaturian (1903-1978) Part II Masquerade Suite
 9. June 28 2017  Treemonisha – Opera in 3 Acts Scott Joplin (DVD) Tremonisha Opera (3 Acts)
10 July 26 2017 A Portrait of John Williams (Guitar) Part 1 An assorted program illustrating the musician’s talent
11 August 9 2017 Silk Road Journeys Part 1  Instanbul (1430-1750), Islamey Oriental Fantasy, In a Persian Market, Caucasian Sketches and others
12 August 23 2017 Joseph Hayden (1732-1809)  Orlando Paladino Overture, Oboe Concerto in C major, Symphonys No 100 and 94 in G major, Trumpet Concerto in E flat major
13 September 13 2017 Joly Braga-Santos (1924-1988)  Symphonic Overture No 3, Alfama – Ballet Suite, Concerto for Violin, Cello, Strings and Harp, Symphony No 5
14 October 11 2017 Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967)  Hary Janos Suite, Galanta Dances, Marosszek Dances, Variations on a Hungarian Folksong ‘Peacock Variations’
15 October 25 2017 A  Portrait of John Williams Guitar (Part Two)  From the Magic Box, The Height Below, John Williams and Cleo Lane, Guitar Concerto Stephen Goss, Inti-Illimani  with Williams and Paco Pena
16 November 8 2017 Silk Road Journeys (Part 2) Kitaro, Japanese Suite Op 33, The Yellow River, Scheherazade Symphonic Suite Op 35
17 November 22 2017 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)  Toccata and Fugue in D minor, Goldberg Variations, Song series, Concerto in A major for Obe d’Amore, Italian Concerto in F major, Airon A G String, Keyboard Concerto No 5 in F minor, Brandenburg Concerto No 2 in F
18 December 13 2017 Christmas meeting – Bring a plate of fingerfood, a CD of music of your own choice (less than 10 minutes) to play to the others. Liquid refreshment provided.

For a printable version of the full semester program, click here:  Explorations in Music Semester 1 2017

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