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Second 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 second 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 and Music in the South

Gymea Art Class works with pastels

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

 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 Sutherland, Gymea and Oatley if you wish to explore your inner da Vinci or Picasso.

Dip your toe in – or your paintbrush!

Perhaps music is your thing.

We have a number of music appreciation courses at Cronulla and Yowie Bay: Waterbrook Lifestyle Resort, such as Explorations in Music, Music for Pleasure and Music to Warm your Heart. If you prefer to sing, we have Music for Fun at Cronulla.


Gems of the Silver Screen for Second Semester

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. 18 July, 2017 Hud (1963) is a Western film directed by Martin Ritt and starring Paul Newman, Melvyn Douglas and Patricia Neal.
111 minutes
2. 1 August, 2017
 3. 15 August, 2017 Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994) A British romantic comedy and the first of several films by screenwriter Richard Curtis to feature Hugh Grant. Andie MacDowell is his love interest.  Made on a shoestring, it was an unexpected success. 
113 minutes
4. 5 September, 2017 Boychoir (2015) stars Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates. The singing is delightful in this story of a boy from a disadvantaged area growing up as a member of an elite boys’ choir.
103 minutes
5. 19 September, 2017 Sunset Boulevard (1950) A Golden Oldie with William Holden and Gloria Swanson.
102 minutes
6. October 3, 2017 Love is a Many Splendored-Thing (1955) is a deluxe color American drama-romance film shown originally in CinemaScope. It is set in 1949–50 in Hong Kong, starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones.
102 minutes
7.  October 17, 2017 The Lion in Winter (1968) tells the story of Henry II of England and his wife Eleanor of Aquitaine. A great movie. 135 minutes
8. November 7, 2017 My Week with Marilyn (2012) Eddie Redmayne stars as the new graduate who works on the set with Marilyn Monroe and her new husband Arthur Miller.
99 minutes
9 November 22, 2017 Hidden Figures (2016)  If you want to know the contribution African American women made to the space race, see this film. 127 minutes
10 December 5, 2017 Sabrina (1954) is a romantic comedy where the playboy son becomes interested in the chauffeur’s daughter. The film is a lot of fun. 113 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.

The programs for both First Semester and Second Semester are printed below. If you wish to see the details of any session, click on the relevant link. If you want a printed version of the whole semester, click on one of the links at the bottom of the program.

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  John Williams Part 1
11 August 9 2017 Silk Road Journeys Part 1  Instanbul (1430-1750), Islamey Oriental Fantasy, In a Persian Market, Caucasian Sketches and others Silk Road Part 1
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 John Haydn (No.12)
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 Joly Braga-Santos Symphonic Overture No. 3
14 October 11 2017 Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967)  Hary Janos Suite, Galanta Dances, Marosszek Dances, Variations on a Hungarian Folksong ‘Peacock Variations’ Zoltan Kodaly Hary Janos Suite
15 October 25 2017 A  Portrait of John Williams Guitar (Part Two)  From the Magic Box, The Height Below, John Williams &Cleo Lane, Guitar Concerto Stephen Goss, Inti-Illimani  with Williams & Paco Pena John Williams Part 2
16 November 8 2017 Silk Road Journeys (Part 2) Kitaro, Japanese Suite Op 33, The Yellow River, Scheherazade Symphonic Suite Op 35 Silk Road Part 2
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 Johann Bach Toccata and Fugue
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 or Explorations in Music Semester 2 2017

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