2015 Presentations

nat king coleThe Man with the Golden Voice


Before becoming a singing pop star, Nat King Cole was an award-winning jazz pianist leading a piano trio during the 1930s. It was his singing that propelled him to stardom in the 40s.  In the 1950s he became the first black host of a national TV show. From his start in Chicago to his international fame, this presentation will trace Nat King Cole's career in music and video.  Gordon Neal Herman will be giving this presentation at Friendly House located in Northwest Portland at 1737 NW 26th Avenue on February 25th at 1:30 pm. There is a $10 fee | $9 for members  

12 xmas songsThe Story Behind the Songs


In the style of Paul Harvey’s “now you know the rest of the story”, Gordon Neal Herman tells the stories behind 12 popular Christmas Carols. Who wrote “Joy to the World”, and how much would all the gits of “12 Days of Christmas” set you back? These and other questions will be answered on December 7th, at Friendly House located in Northwest Portland at 1737 NW 26th Avenue. The presentation beings 1:30 pm and there is a $10 fee | $9 for members  

bernsteinSuperstar of Classical Music


With his last-minute replacement of Bruno Walter conducting the New York Philharmonic, Bernstein’s was propelled into stardom. He became well known as a conductor, a composer of both classical and theater music as well as being a beloved music educator.  This presentation will explore his career through recordings and video. Gordon Neal Herman will give this presentation at Friendly House located at 1737 NW 26th Ave, Portland on April 15th at 1:30 pm.  There is a $10.00 fee |  $9.00 for members.