Tuesday, April 30, 2024

  • 04/30/2024 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
    Frank Sinatra (1915-1998) was among the most admired and influential performing artists of the 20th century, with an approach to rhythm and phrasing that left a deep and lasting impression on all popular singers to follow. At the same time, his public persona and private life were among the most controversial of public figures. This presentation will use images, audio, and video clips to illustrate Mr. Sinatra’s professional journey across six decades, including examination of his lifelong alcohol use and periods of despondency and suicidality. We will pay special attention to how he dealt with his own aging process, including how he continued to tour in concert well into the progressive dementia that would eventually end his career. His story holds rich implications for considering the creative resilience potential in aging, and for the limitations to such resilience posed by illness and functional impairment.