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Lecture Recitals

My lecture recitals focus on American vernacular music from 1890-1945: ragtime, blues, jazz, and popular music. They are entertaining and informative, and combine my abilities as a pianist and singer with my experience as a musicologist and educator.

*Available in-person or live on Zoom (see here for example of Zoom presentation).

*Adaptable to a wide range of audiences.

*For further inquiries, just email me.

Some popular programs:

LECTURE RECITALS ON RAGTIME, BLUES & JAZZ

  • Ragtime, Blues, and Jazz
    General overview of these styles, tracing their emergence, development, and relationship. Details»
  • Ragtime
    What ragtime is, how it arose, and why it’s important.  Details»
  • Blues
    The emergence and early development of blues.  Details»
  • Jazz
    The emergence and early development of jazz.  Details»

 

LECTURE RECITALS ON POPULAR MUSIC

  • Swing Music of the 1930s
    A toe-tapping, finger snapping exploration of the music of the Depression and Swing Era, featuring the music of Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Fats Waller, George Gershwin and many others. Details»
  • Black Songwriters
    Inspirational recital that explores the treasury of songs and instrumentals written by black popular composers from the Civil War to the Great Depression. Details»
  • The Jewish Influence on American Popular Song
    Explores the impact of Jewish people and culture on American popular song in the period 1890-1925.  Details»
  • George Gershwin
    Explores the multi-faceted talent of  George Gershwin. Details»