Summer – Songs to Sing About

Songs to Sing About: American Songbook 

Thursdays 10:10—11:50 am

July 18, 25, August 1, 8

Take a deep and refreshing dive into selected treasures of the American Songbook, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer and Duke Ellington. Learn the back stories, broad significance and special stylistic features of such songs as Alexander’s Ragtime Band, All the Things You Are, I Got Rhythm, Rockin’ Chair, Lazybones, Blues in the Night, Jeepers Creepers, Star Dust, Skylark, Sophisticated Lady and Solitude.

Dr. Joshua Berrett earned a BA from the University of Cape Town in South Africa, an MA from Columbia University, a PhD from the University of Michigan and studied at the Manhattan School of Music, Juilliard, and the Tanglewood Music Center. He is a Professor Emeritus at Mercy College, a freelance violinist and the author of many publications on music. With his wife, Lynne, he is co-founder of the non-profit Ageless Mind Project, Inc.