Talk on Popular Songs; Tomorrow (Nov. 13)

Michael Lasser

Tomorrow (Nov. 13th) there will be a talk at 7:00 p.m. at the Greece Town Hall about the history of popular songs. “Halfway to Heaven and You:” How Popular Songs Sang Us to the Suburbs will be given by Michael Lasser.

Suburbs began in America long before Levittown right after World War II.  In fact they first became popular in the early years of the 20th century.  “Halfway to Heaven” focuses on the suburbs where most Americans ultimately longed to live. America’s first suburbs combined city and country, the built and the natural, to become the middle class ideal – and it’s all in our popular songs.

Michael Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher. For 20 years, he was the theater critic for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle.  He has spoken at universities and art and history museums in 34 states and the District of Columbia, and also appears with two singers in cabaret-style performances enhanced by his knowledge of the songwriters, the music’s history, and how the songs amuse us and stir our emotions.  A former teacher, he has also taught at Rutgers University, St. John Fisher College, and Fairleigh-Dickinson University. He and Philip Furia are co-authors of the new book, America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley, which will be for sale after his lecture. Also visit Mr. Lasser’s website for more information.

Greece Historical Society members FREE. A $2.00 donation (or more) is appreciated from others.

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UPDATE (11/13)

The location for the program has been changed to the Greece Justice Court building, across the parking lot from the Town Hall.