JFCS Returns to the Palazzo

The JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment is happy to announce it is returning with in-person classes at The Palazzo, 6250 N. 19th Avenue, starting Tuesday, July 13.  All CSE classes and programs are open to the entire older adult community in greater Phoenix.

“Right now we’re going to offer the best of both worlds,” states Janet Rees, who directs the CSE programs at the Palazzo.  “Since we have moved so many of our great classes to Zoom, we’ll share some of those in a group setting and also present enriching in-person offerings as well,” Rees explains.

As an example, the opening day program will begin at 11 am with a live ZOOM presentation from the Musical Instrument Museum. This month’s feature is Jazz and especially the music of Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.  The tour shows the various instruments associated with jazz, and puts your jazz knowledge to the test through fun trivia questions.  It also includes listening examples and video clips of the jazz greats, led by MIM curator of education, Katie Palmer.

From 12:15-1:15 pm, lunch is offered at the Valentino, the lovely restaurant inside the Palazzo. There is a special lunch price of just $5.00 for this day.

At 1:30  pm, the CSE is presenting Craig Bohmler and Rusty Ferracane for a musical interlude.  Craig Bohmler is a composer and pianist whose works have been frequently performed in Europe, North America and Japan. Craig has three operas and twelve musicals to his credit as well as 190 songs and numerous choral works. His opera, “Riders of the Purple Sage,” had its world premiere at Arizona Opera and his musicals have been performed in theatres from Off-Broadway to London’s West End.

Rusty Ferracane is a professional actor, singer, director, and playwright. He has performed with most of the major theatre companies in the Valley, as well as Off-Broadway and regional theatres across the country. Some theatrical highlights include Fun Home, Newsies, La Cage Aux Folles, South Pacific, Angels in America and Man of LaMancha.

With Craig on the keyboards and Rusty vocalizing, the duo will bring to life the best of the American standards of the 40s, 50s and 60s.

The afternoon will finish off with complimentary ice cream and all the toppings!

There is no charge for the events, but RSVPs are requested to janet.rees@jfcsaz.org or 480-599-7198. For a listing of other classes available, visit jfcsaz.org/events.

The JFCS Center for Senior Enrichment is partially funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, the Area Agency on Aging and individual donors.  Jewish Family & Children’s Service strengthens the community by providing behavioral health, health care and social services to all ages, faiths and backgrounds.


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