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Masters Series, an adult education program of the Pasadena Senior Center, is designed to increase understanding of national and international issues, the arts, other cultures, the community, and the individual. With a focus on “understanding,” courses are presented by local university faculty and experts. Each term provides a wonderful opportunity for learning and discussion.

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in part by a generous grant from
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Folk Music of America

Mini Fall 2020 Term 2 of the Masters Series

TUITION for 24 Lectures
Members: $25
Non-Members: $30


Beverly OlevinPianist Jacqueline Schwab’s musical sensibilities arose from her time immersed in the rich classical and folk music scenes of Pittsburgh’s “melting pot” and later in Boston. She spins musical stories, building bridges to connect listeners to the different cultures and strands that have formed our American music. She has performed concerts of vintage American music in almost every State of the Union. She lives on Cape Cod.


This special two-part Masters Series explores folk songs of America with pianist Jacqueline Schwab, noted for her work on the soundtracks to many of Ken Burns’ award-winning documentaries.

October 20
Mark Twain's America
Vintage American “Heart Songs” and Dance Tunes for Piano celebrates Stephen Foster “heart songs,” brooding Irish airs and rousing Scottish fiddle tunes, side by side with soulful African-American spirituals, Civil War songs, Tin Pan Alley ragtime tunes and classical music. Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain, who called tunes “remembrancers,” might have enjoyed these sometimes boisterous, sometimes reflective ones, arising from community music making by immigrant and new “American” composers.

October 27
I Lift My Lamp—America’s Immigrants
Celebrates America’s immigrants, their vibrant spirit of community music-making, and their multicultural contributions to our heritage. Jacqueline will perform music out of her own experience, from the British Isles, Western and Eastern Europe, the African-American community, the Caribbean and South America, along with Tin Pan Alley tunes, “Amerian standards.”

For more information please contact Annie Laskey at (626) 685-6702 or

Now and Then

Mini Fall 2020 Term 3 of the Masters Series

TUITION for 3 Lectures
Members: $38
Non-Members: $45


Beverly OlevinMichael A. Genovese, Political Science professor at Loyola Marymount University, is Director of the Institute for Leadership Studies, and President of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University. He frequently appears as a commentator on local, national, and international television and radio (e.g. CNN, NPR, CBS). He occasionally does stand-up comedy at the Hollywood Improv Comedy Club.


Michael A. Genovese returns to the Masters Series with three lectures.

November 17 and 24
America in 1960
A two-part series highlighting the culture and politics of America in 1960, the year the Pasadena Senior Center opened.

December 1 
Election Analysis
A non-partisan analysis of the 2020 November elections.

For more information please contact Annie Laskey at (626) 685-6702 or

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