Great American Songs and Stories


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

9/13, 9/20, 9/27, 10/4

Dr. Joe continues his 1950’s survey of the Great American Songbook with one of the greatest songs from that era, The Man That Got Away, music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Ira Gershwin. He discusses the wonderful film A Star is Born, about which he knows many good stories! Two important hit shows Pajama Game and Damn Yankees by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross are reviewed.  The timeless classics, Misty and Something’s Gotta Give brings us into 1956 with The Bells are Ringing, Most Happy Fella and My Fair Lady.  Dr. Joe tells us many behind-the-scenes stories as he creatively plays the music on a piano keyboard in a classroom setting.

Facilitator: Joe Utterback

Joe Utterback received his MA in Piano Performance from Wichita State University and his Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Kansas and has a total of 400 published jazz and classical compositions. He has been Music Director and Organist for the First Congregational Church of Stratford for the past 19 years and has been teaching music for 21 years at Sacred Heart University. He has taught 23 courses at LLI and continues to perform throughout the US and around the world.