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
Gershwin
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.

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