Past Public Presentations

gene kellyThe Proletariat of Dance


Dancer, actor, singer, choreographer, director - Gene Kelly was a major force in American entertainment. From his inauspicious beginning on Broadway as a dancer in a chorus line,  Kelly achieved cinematic history with his joyous "Singing in the Rain" dance.  From his start in a family dance act to his international fame, this presentation will trace Gene Kelly's stellar career.

This program is an online Zoom prorgram presented by American music historian Gordon Neal Herman in conjunction with Portand's Friendly House on April 13th, at 4:00 pm.  For more information and to register for the class

kernShowboat and More

Jerome Kern’s masterpiece, Show Boat, changed the course of American Musicals securing his position in music history. With a career spanning four decades, numerous musicals and several hundred songs, Kern had a profound impact upon the shaping of American popular music, both on Broadway and in Hollywood, in the first half of the 20th century.

This online program will be presented by American music historian Gordon Neal Herman for Portland's Friendly House on Friday, May 21st at 2:30 pm.  For more information, visit the Friendly House website.


First Genius of Jazz    

Louis Armstrong was a major figure in the development in jazz but when he died in 1971, most people knew him as a singer of Hello Dolly. This multimedia presentation will trace Armstrong's career from a New Orleans street child to a world famous musical figure.
This is a Zoom online presentation being given by American Music Historian Gordon Neal Herman in conjunction with Friendly House. The program is on Friday, Feb. 12th, at 1:30 and is free.