Music Professor to Host Class Series on Lennon

Wikimedia Commons    John Lennon left a musical legacy few can match. Join Music Professor Stephen Schultz on a series of classes that teach full appreciation of this legendary musician.

Alamedans can take a four-week course that traces the development of John Lennon as one of the 20th century’s great song writers. The series of classes will cover the early days of The Beatles through their creative height and eventual decline, through Lennon’s tortured early years as a solo artist to his final album, Double Fantasy. The last  class will feature a special guest appearance by Drew Harrison of the Sun Kings.

In week one, Schultz will discuss early Beatles to Revolver; week two: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to the White Album; and week three: Yellow Submarine to Let it Be. Week four will focus on Lennon’s solo years featuring a live performance by Harrison from his show “In the Spirit of Lennon.”

The classes cost $100 for the full series or $30 per class and run from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from May 23 to June 13. 

John Winston Ono Lennon (Oct. 9, 1940 – Dec. 8, 1980) was an English singer, songwriter and peace activist who co-founded the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. 

He and fellow Beatle Paul McCartney formed a much-celebrated songwriting partnership. Along with George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the group achieved worldwide fame during the 1960s. In 1969, Lennon started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. He continued to pursue a solo career following the Beatles’ break-up in April 1970.

A graduate of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Holland, Schultz also holds several degrees from the California Institute of the Arts and the California State University of San Francisco. Currently he is an associate teaching professor in music history and flute at Carnegie Mellon University and director of the Carnegie Mellon Baroque Orchestra. 

Harrison leads a critically acclaimed Beatles cover band, The Sun Kings, in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently performs in more than 100 shows a year both as a solo artist and with his band. His performances and his “In the Spirit of Lennon” shows have yielded much praise, in which he is said to capture the intensity that Lennon brought to the Beatles’ music. 

Harrison will perform his full concert as a benefit for Rhythmix Cultural Works on Thursday, June 27. Tickets available soon. Rhythmix is located at 2315 Blanding Ave. Learn more by calling 865-5060 or at www.rhythmix.org.