Musical Guest Speaker Series

Presentation of musical topics with performance and commentary on composers' lives and musical styles:
    The Great American Songbook:    

The life and times of George and Ira
Cole Porter
Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn
Irving Berlin
Harold Arlen
Johnny Mercer

The Impressionistic Era: Debussy, Ravel and their contemporaries
The Romantic Era: Chopin, Schumann, Brahms, Schubert
The Classical Era: Mozart, Haydn
The Baroque Era: J.S. Bach, Scarlatti
Jazz Piano: The styles of Jazz Pianists such as Marian McPartland, George Shearing, Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, Marian McPartland's Portraits: Marian's musical impressions of some of her guests on her NPR Program, "Piano Jazz".
The Jazz-Classical Connection: The divide between jazz and classical music is not as great as it seems. A look into the compositions of classical composers and their connection to jazz compositions and improvisation.