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Performance—“As Time Goes By”: Songs from the Great American Songbook with Michael Lasser, Cindy Miller, and Alan Jones

Friday, June 6, 2014, 8:30 pm

Michael Lasser, Cindy Miller, and Alan Jones. Photograph courtesy of the artists.

$5 general admission
FREE for Members

Join us for an evening performance featuring the extraordinary songs written between 1920 and 1950 by songwriters such as Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and their contemporaries. Enjoy the songwriters’ combinations of sentiment and wit, the rich romanticism of their melodies, the conversational vitality of their lyrics, and their keen sense of the world they lived in. For today’s audience, these songs are a look back at another time—the Jazz Age, the Great Depression, and World War II.

Michael Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher. He is the author of America’s Songs II: From the 1890s to the Post-War Years (2013) and, with Philip Furia, America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley (2006). Since 1980, he has been the host of the nationally syndicated public radio show, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, winner of a 1994 Peabody Award. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he is the former theater critic for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and for thirty years has spoken at museums and universities around the country. In 2010, he was named a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Rollins College. He is currently at work on another book, The Song Is Us: Love, Lyrics & American Life, 1900-1950

Cindy Miller sings every kind of song, in venues ranging from intimate clubs to stadiums. She performs regularly with the Gap Mangione Big Band, and has appeared with the Benny Goodman Tribute Band, the Utica Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Central New York Jazz Ensemble. She is a graduate of Nazareth College and received her master’s from the Eastman School of Music. She performed for actress Meryl Streep when Ms. Streep received the George Eastman Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Art of Film, appeared at the New York State Fair Celebration 2000 and was guest soloist at the 2004 International Marine Tattoo. New York City appearances include The Blue Note with Gap and Chuck Mangione, and Danny's Skylight Room with her own cabaret act. She receives rave revues for her cabaret acts and recently released her own album, Love You Madly.   

Alan Jones, singer and piano player extraordinaire, is best known as a cabaret performer. He and his long-time musical partner, Phyl Contestable, have been guest artists with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brockport Symphony. Together they have been the opening act for Bill Cosby, Rich Little, and Jackie Mason. They have entertained at many resorts and hotels including Trump’s Castle in Atlantic City, The Concord Hotel, and The Royal York in Toronto. Jones and Contestable also performed a series of concerts for the Ryder Cup in Rochester, NY, in 1995. They have released two recordings and continue to be among Western New York’s most popular entertainers. Jones is a graduate of The Capital University Conservatory of Music and earned a Master’s degree from The Eastman School of Music. His work as an educator, songwriter, arranger, and performer has gained him inclusion in Who’s Who of American Teachers.

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