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Walking Alone: The Home Front Songs of World War II
July 21st, 2017 19:00pm-July 21th, 2017 21:30pm
Join us the evening of July 21st in the Nimitz Musuem Ballroom for a musical journey through World War II. Walking Alone: The Home Front Songs of World War II is a small lecture paired with musical performances of some of the most iconic songs of WWII. Michael Lasser, Cindy Miller, and Alan Jones explore such songs as You’ll Never Know, It’s Been a Long, Long Time, and The White Cliffs of Dover to give you a look into their creation and meaning.
Stick around after the program and help us celebrate our 50th Anniversary with a live jazz band, cocktails, and dancing. Tickets are $35/Individual and $50/Couple. Space is limited so grab your seat before they are gone. To register just click below.
When: July 21st at 7:00 PM
Where: Admiral Nimitz Museum Ballroom
Left to Right: Alan Jones, Cindy Miller, and Michael Lasser
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 more than 30 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 completing a third book, City Songs: American Popular Music, 1900-1950.
Cindy Miller will warm up on arias and then sing jazz – or whatever else you need. She sings every kind of song, and does it with wit, warmth, and conviction. Her engagements have ranged 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 CD, 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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