Talk on American Songs

Michael Lasser

Michael Lasser

This Tuesday evening  (May 13) at 7 p.m. in the Greece Town Hall is a talk by Michael Lasser on “America’s Songs: The Great American Songbook Michael is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, he is the former theater critic for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and CITY Newspaper, host of WXXI’s Fascinatin’ Rhythm and for 30 years has spoken at museums and universities around the country. Michael’s talk includes the songs that he discusses.

Between 1900 and 1950, an unequaled number of great songwriters from Irving Berlin and George Gershwin to Cole Porter and Richard Rodgers produced an also unequaled body of song that has come to be known as the Great American Songbook. Most of the songs were collaborations between composers and lyricists. Collaboration, it turns out, isn’t much different from a marriage. Like every marriage it comes complete with stories to tell. The stories are sometimes funny, sometimes unsettling, but universally they give us some insight into something that fascinates almost everybody: the making of a successful popular song.

Autographed copies of Michael’s books, American Songs. Volume I & II will be available for sale at the conclusion of the program. Volume I is $33.00, Volume II is $30.00 or both for $56.00.

The public is welcome. Reservations are not necessary. Greece Historical Society members are free. A $2.00 donation is appreciated from others.