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Stephen Foster: American Musical Icon | Ryan Ranch

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Course Description:

Stephen Foster was the first great American songwriter, and some of his songs are among the most famous tunes in the world. In this myth-busting presentation, singer, guitarist and historian David Gordon describes Foster's brief and poignant life, and how he sought to distance himself from his early, coarse minstrel songs and create a new, compassionate style of American ballad. Abolitionist and statesman Frederick Douglass said Foster’s mature songs were “...heart songs, and the finest feelings of human nature are expressed in them.”


Tuition: $10.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Wednesday, Nov. 29 *1:30 - 3:00 pm* (1 session)


Course will be presented live at CSUMB Ryan Ranch (8 Upper Ragsdale Road, Monterey) and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. Seats are limited.


David Gordon is a musician and author who has appeared as a vocal soloist and lecturer around the world. He was a central figure at the Carmel Bach Festival for 30 seasons.