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Please join One Day University on January 20th for a fun and fascinating look at Ol’ Blue Eyes. We encourage you to invite your residents and make an event of this special talk with award-winning Johns Hopkins music professor, Anna Celenza. Professor Celenza will take us on a journey through the life and music of Frank Sinatra, explore what it was that made him so great, and will even be available to answer your residents’ questions live after the talk. 

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This course will air on 1/20 at 5:00 PM EST


Professor Anna Celenza /  Johns Hopkins University

Frank Sinatra gave 20th-century America a voice. Through his music, stage shows, films and abashedly public private life, he offered audiences a vision of the “American Dream” that contrasted greatly with the suburban ideal of the hardworking man. Sinatra was entirely in tune with his audiences’ needs and desires. But this isn’t what made him great.

Why is Frank Sinatra famous? As this lecture demonstrates, Sinatra’s name lives on because of his distinctive musical style. His phrasing and tone, the timbre of his voice: these are the qualities that set him apart. Using numerous musical examples, Anna Celenza traces the origins of the famous “Sinatra Sound” and reveals how, over the last half century, it has influenced a disparate array of musical styles and genres that make up the kaleidoscopic nature of today’s American soundtrack.

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