Past Public Presentations

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 Mr. American Music

Irving Berlin is considered one of the greatest American song writers having written some 1,500 songs. Dozens of his songs became not only hits but iconic songs such as “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.” This presentation will trace how Berlin rose from living on the streets in his teens to the composer of Broadway and Hollywood musical hits.

Gordon will be presenting this program via Zoom for the Hollywood Senior Center.  The free program takes place June 14th at 12:30 pm and is open to the public.  For information about registering, visit the Hollywood Senior Center website.

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From Marching Bands to Big Bands.

The combining of the instruments of marching bands with the rhythm of ragtime leads to the rise of jazz in the early 1900s.  The rise of the professional dance band developed  this combination into the sound ot the big band era. This presentation will discuss how dance and technology played a role in this development and how jazz influenced American culture of the early jazz era.

This 2 hour program is being presented through the Senior Studies Institute of Portland Community College. This program will be live streamed via Zoom at 10 pm on June 7th.  For more information about registering for the class, visit the SSI website.

First Amgershwinerican Musical Genius

From popular music to the Broadway stage to the concert hall, George Gershwin was a musical powerhouse.  In his short life, Gershwin composed hundreds of popular songs, musicals for both Broadway and Hollywood and classical music. His life will be illustrated with musical, picture and video examples.

Gordon will be presenting this program for the Hollywood Senior Center.  It is an online Zoom presentation that takes place May 12th at 12:30 and is open to the public. To register for the class, visit the Hollywood Senior Center website.