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Lecture Recitals

Peter’s lecture recitals focus on American vernacular music from 1890-1945: ragtime, blues, jazz, and the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley . At once entertaining, informative,  and inspirational, they combine his remarkable abilities as a pianist and singer with his 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 or to make a booking, just contact Peter

Some popular programs:

LECTURE RECITALS ON ROOTS MUSIC

  • Gospel
    Explores African American traditions of religious music-making from the Civil War to the 1920s..  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»
  • The Love Songs of Tin Pan Alley 
    A light-hearted, heart-warming exploration of love in American popular music from 1900-1930. Details»
  • George Gershwin
    Explores the multi-faceted songwriting talent of  George Gershwin. Details»
  • Irving Berlin
    Born in poverty on New York’s Lower East side, Berlin (1888-1989) rose to become arguably America’s greatest songwriters.   Details»
  • Harold Arlen
    Harold Arlen (1905-86) was one of the greatest of American songwriters.  The son of an immigrant cantor, he created some of most powerful and enduring popular songs of the twentieth century.   Details»