One of the many pleasures of the American popular song is the broad range of human experiences it describes. The seasons have always been on an inspiration to poets & musicians. Employing lyrics, music, anecdotes & literary allusion [Frost, Cather, Bronte, Wolfe, Capote] this October-inspired Lecture-in-Song is made up of a quartet of vital elements: two earthy cultures [German & Italy], a fun-filled holiday [Halloween], and the season itself of [Autumn]. OCTOBER SURPRISES begins with the hearty Oktoberfest, an invitation to eat, drink & dance the polka since the early 1800s ["I Love Louisa," "Beer Barrel Polka," "Du, Du, Liegst Mir Im Herzen," selections from The Student Prince...] Add Columbus Day, in praise of Italy´s contribution to America´s culture ["Volare," "That´s Amore," "Al Di La," the international Neapolitan standards]. Stir in the overlapping beauty & mystery of Autumn ["Lullaby of the Leaves," "Autumn Leaves," "Indian Summer," "Shine On, Harvest Moon," "Autumn in New York," "Moondance,"] and Halloween ["Long Black Veil," "Ghost Riders in the Sky," "Witchcraft"...], and you have a uniquely delightful, poetic, thoroughly colorful grabbag. Drawing upon the reliable riches of American Popular Song, beautiful poetic & literary selections as well as a few borrowed international favorites, OCTOBER SURPRISES is an opportunity to savor the many flavors of what is literally the most colorful month of the year.
Presented by Fred Miller.
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