Richard Hanson

Richard T. Hanson, Professor Emeritus, U.A.Thursday, May 9, 2019, 2:30-3:30 p.m., The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Two of the greatest songwriters of the twentieth century were the gifted duo of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, who wrote together from the early 1900’s to 1943, when Hart passed away. They scored movie and stage musicals, and their body of work includes such classics as “My Funny Valentine,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was.”

Professor Hanson will explore the wit, sentiment, word play and emotion of the works of these two greats and how their music helped give a unique voice to the American people, defining who we were, what we did, and how we felt, contributing to the vision of America for people all over the world.  Professor Hanson’s The Great American Songbook lecture series explores the history of American music through its greatest singers, songs and songwriters. This music has helped shape the American experience and created an emotional history of our times.

Richard Hanson is a Professor Emeritus of the School of Theatre, Film &Television at the University of Arizona. There he created the nationally acclaimed Musical Theatre Program and headed the Acting/Musical Theatre Division.  He has directed and choreographed over fifty U.A. productions. He is also the founder and director of The Entertainers and Encore!, two musical revue outreach groups.  He has been awarded the James P. Anthony Award for sustained excellence in teaching and is a four-time recipient of the Humanities Seminars Program’s, Superior Teaching Award.

Written by Roxy Mitchem-Horn, Academy Village volunteer


May 9: “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered”: The Rodgers and Hart Songbook