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Musical Memories in Five Days: Jazz, Classical, Musical Theater and More

Program Number: 20373RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/29/2014 - 6/3/2014; 9/11/2014 - 9/16/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Burlingame, California
Price starting at: $959.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; History & Culture
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Come on along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway! Musical theater is one of the rousing courses you will enjoy in our all-music program. We will also delve into classical music that stirs our souls, music in the movies that makes our hearts soar and big band/swing that has us ready to jump to the jive! Be immersed in a potpourri of composers, entertainers, musicians and performances for a delightful musical adventure.




Highlights

• Join acclaimed Road Scholar instructors for five days of captivating lectures and presentations.
• Enjoy a field trip to San Francisco for a backstage docent-led visit to Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House.
• Enjoy live musical entertainment on the closing night.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking and standing.




Date Specific Information

5-29-2014

"The Music of Beethoven & Bach." "Swing/Big Band Jazz." "The Golden Age of Opera." "Legendary Composers of Broadway." "Great American Dancers."
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9-11-2014

"The Concerto in the Baroque and Classic Eras." "Swing/Big Band Jazz." "Composers of Broadway." "Great American Dancers." "Andrew Lloyd Webber."
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Burlingame

A bustling suburb set between San Francisco Bay and the foothills of the Pacific Coast Range, Burlingame affords great views of San Francisco to the north from the walking paths along the bay.



Accommodations
Hotel overlooking San Francisco Bay. Indoor pool, gym, walking path, free airport shuttle and trolley to charming downtown Burlingame.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Aldag

Richard Aldag is an active composer whose works have been commissioned and performed by numerous symphonies, including the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the Shanghai Symphony. He served as executive director of the Napa Valley Symphony from 2006-2012, and prior to this, served as executive director of the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra. As an educator, Richard has served on the faculties of several schools, including Fordham University and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.
 
Bonnie Weiss

Bonnie Weiss has served as writer, producer and director for ten Bay Area cabaret shows, including producing the work of Stephen Sondheim. She holds a bachelor’s in theater education and is founder and president of Musical Theater Lovers United, a club for Broadway and Hollywood music buffs. She currently teaches musical theater history and appreciation at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and writes for Stage Directions, a magazine for theater educators, and for The Sondheim Review.
 
Mark Levy

Mark Levy has performed and taught around the country for 30 years at synagogues, Jewish community centers, Lehrhaus Judaica, Workmen's Circle and other Jewish groups. He has appeared throughout the country and abroad as a singer and lecturer who specializes in traditional Judaic folk music, Jewish humor, and Klezmer history and theory. “Nu, You Think That's Funny?” was developed in a Catskill hotel one summer and includes jokes, film and audio clips that chronicle 100 years of Jewish jokesters.
 
Jerry Frohmader

Jerry Frohmader is a composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator, whose compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe. As assistant dean in the School of Music at the California Institute of Arts, Jerry composed a musical score for the opera "Victory Over the Sun" by Malevich. As a musician, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony and on the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and has been featured on the ABC News, CNN Travel and the PBS program SPARK.
 
Leslie Friedman

A scholar of history and the arts, Dr. Leslie Friedman is as well known for her academic achievements as she is for being an internationally acclaimed dancer and choreographer. After receiving her Ph.D. in history from Stanford and her A.B. from Vassar, she was named a Woodrow Wilson Scholar and was a Leverhulme Fellow at the University of London. Dr. Friedman has taught history at schools including Stanford and Vassar, and her writing has been published world wide. Dr. Friedman also received the first Selma Jeanne Cohen Award for International Dance Scholarship, and was a Fellow at The Alden Dow Creativity Center. She was selected by The State Department as the first American to perform with joint U.S./host country sponsorship in many nations, including the USSR and China. She is artistic director of San Francisco’s The Lively Foundation, and co-editor of The Hedgehog, the international arts review.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hilton SFO Bayfront
  Burlingame 5 nights
 Hilton SFO Bayfront
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Hilton SFO Bayfront is ideally located just four miles from San Francisco Airport in the contemporary neighborhood of Burlingame, CA, a short drive from downtown San Francisco. The hotel offers inspiring views overlooking San Francisco Bay and nearby there's a scenic walking path where guests can enjoy a stroll along the Bay. The charming downtown section of Burlingame is filled with plenty of shopping and dining options.
  Contact info: 600 Airport Blvd.
Burlingame, CA 94010 USA
phone: 650-340-8500
web: http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/california/hilton-san-francisco-airport-bayfront-SFOAPHF/index.html
  Room amenities: Each guest room contains a 42 inch flat screen HDTV with complimentary HBO(R), in-room movie channels, on-demand movies, cable, CNN and ESPN. All rooms are equipped with a coffee maker and tea service, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, arm chair with ottoman, clock radio with MP3 connection, curved shower rod, non-allergenic feather pillows, safe, visual strobe for the hearing-impaired, bathroom amenities and telephone featuring auto wakeup, voicemail, and a dataport. 24-hour housekeeping is standard and evening room service is available. Guests receive USA Today daily, Monday through Friday. Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in all guest rooms.
  Facility amenities: The Hilton SFO Bayfront is a 100% smoke-free hotel. It offers guests many fine amenities including the California culinary-inspired restaurant, Windows on the Bay, which provides sweeping views of San Francisco Bay. Guests can also enjoy their favorite cocktail in the relaxed atmosphere of the hotel's Lobby Lounge. The hotel features an indoor heated pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center as well as a 24-hour business center. Guests may plug in their iPod, camera or laptop to an in-room system. The hotel provides complimentary shuttle service to and from SFO and to downtown Burlingame. WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS: Complimentary WiFi internet access is available in the lobby and guest rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 20% off best available rate The hotel offers a 20% discount off the best available rate. To make a reservation online, go to: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hi/reservation/book.htm?execution=e2s1 You can also make the reservation by calling the hotel at 650-340-8500 and asking for the In House Reservation Department, 8:00AM to 3:00 PM, Pacfic Standard Time. Tell the agent that you will be attending a Road Scholar program. If a deluxe category room is not available, the discount will not be applied.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 20% off best available rate The hotel offers a 20% discount off the best available rate. To make a reservation online, go to: https://secure3.hilton.com/en_US/hi/reservation/book.htm?execution=e2s1 You can also make the reservation by calling the hotel at 650-340-8500 and asking for the In House Reservation Department, 8:00AM to 3:00 PM, Pacfic Standard Time. Tell the agent that you will be attending a Road Scholar program. If a deluxe category room is not available, the discount will not be applied.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program registration is from 3:30-4:30PM. Orientation begins at 4:30PM followed by dinner at 5:30PM. Introductions are after dinner. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront that night.
  End of Program:
The program ends at 1:00PM after lunch on the closing day. Please make your travel arrangements so you can join us for the final class on closing day. You will be staying at Hilton SFO Bayfront the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Please note on your Personal Information Form if you are traveling with someone you would like to be housed next to. Photo ID
  Parking availability:
Complimentary
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Burlingame
  Nearest city or town:  Burlingame
  Nearest highway: Highway 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Burlingame
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

San Francisco International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront
phone: 650-340-8500

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Complimentary
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Ten minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Five miles

   

Shuttle runs every 20 minutes. Exit the airport on the Departure level. Cross over to shuttle island. Look for black shuttle which reads HILTON SAN FRANCISCO AIRPORT BAYFRONT/EMBASSY SUITES.

 
Driving Directions
  From Interstate 5 north of Sacramento Travel I-5 south to I-505. Travel I-505 south to I-80 west. Cross Bay Bridge ($6 toll). I-80 becomes Highway 101 south. Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From Interstate 5 north of San Diego Travel I-5 north to I-580 west. Take I-580 to I-238 north. Take I-238 to I-880 south. Take I-880 to the San Mateo Bridge. Cross bridge ($5 toll). Take Highway 101 north towards San Francisco. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From the north to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Take Highway 101 south. Take the Broadway exit, EXIT 419B. Keep left to take the ramp toward Airport Blvd/Old Bayshore Hwy. Keep right to turn right on Rollins Rd. Make sharp right on Broadway and go over the freeway. Turn right onto Old Bayshore Hwy/Bayshore Hwy. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Go through intersection of Airport and Anza Blvds. Hilton Hotel is on the left at 600 Airport Blvd.
  From the south to Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront Take Highway 101 north. Take the Peninsula Ave exit, EXIT 417B. Turn left onto Airport Blvd. Turn slightly right to stay on Airport Blvd. Hilton Hotel is on the right at 600 Airport Blvd.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Orientation/Introductions
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Afternoon: PROGRAM REGISTRATION takes place in the hallway outside of the meeting room. Check in to the hotel at the lobby desk; you will be directed to the meeting room where the Road Scholar program is being held.

ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel

Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.

 Evening: INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.

Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.

   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Concerto in the Baroque and Classic Eras
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: The Concerto in the Baroque and Classic Eras

The centerpiece and most popular element of most symphonic concerts is the concerto, which allows the audience to experience the virtuoso talents of one of more soloists. From humble beginnings in the early 17th century, the concerto grew into a solo extravaganza by the end of the 18th century. The development of the concerto will be traced from Corelli through Vivaldi and JS Bach to Mozart, Beethoven, and others.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: The Concerto in the Baroque and Classic Eras
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: Free time to socialize with your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Great American Dancers/Swing/Big Band Jazz
(Saturday, September 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Great American Dancers

Dancers who have lifted our spirits and embodied our national journey leap into center stage in this course. While it is hard to choose among many inspiring artists, the course will focus whom we can see on film and those whose dance styles reflected or created an American consciousness. Just a few of the stars of the course: Katherine Dunham, Judith Jamison, Jacque D’Amboise, Fernando Bujones, Cynthia Gregory, Savion Glover, Honi Coles, Buck and Bubbles, Astaire & Rogers, Gene Kelly,, Joffrey Ballet dancers, Gwen Verdon. Tap, modern, ballet; classical or revolutionary in their art their dances merged with the music of their eras to express a profound part of American culture. Take this course to feel their energy; it may be hard to sit still.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: Swing/Big Band Jazz

Ellington, Basie, Goodman, Miller and Dorsey, all part of The Big Band Era (1935-1946) brought about the jitterbug craze and made swing big business.

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Swing/Big Band Jazz
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Great American Dancers/Andrew Lloyd Webber
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Great American Dancers
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: CLASS: The Life and Music Of Andrew Lloyd Webber

Andrew Lloyd Webber is one of the most dynamic composers of all times. We look at his work, from the rock beat of "Jesus Christ Superstar," the evocative “Evita,” the haunting melodies of "Phantom of the Opera,” to the purr-fection of “Cats.”

 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: CLASS: Andrew Lloyd Webber
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Composers of Broadway/Davies Symphony Hall/War Memorial Opera House
(Monday, September 15)

Note: The docent-led backstage visit to Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House lasts ninety minutes and involves walking through two buildings which are across the street from each other.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Legendary Composers of Broadway

Gershwin, Kern, Berlin, Porter and Rodgers are among the gifted composers most influential in creating and shaping the unique sound of the American musical. You'll learn all about their remarkable lives and view rare film performances of their songs.

 Lunch: Lunch in hotel
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP to San Francisco for backstage docent-led visits of Davies Symphony Hall and the War Memorial Opera House. The opera house, built in 1932, is the 3,146-seat home of the San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Ballet. Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall opened in 1980. This 2,741-seat auditorium is the home of the San Francisco Symphony.
 Dinner: Dinner in hotel
 Evening: MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT
   
Accommodations: Hilton SFO Bayfront
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Composers of Broadway
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel
 Morning: CLASS: Composers of Broadway
 Lunch: Lunch in hotel

The program concludes after lunch; hotel checkout is by noon.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Burlingame Bay Front Trail
Walk along the scenic San Francisco Bay Trail adjacent to the bay and the hotel. You will see sweeping views of the South Bay, the East Bay cities of Oakland and Alameda and the San Francisco skyline. For additional information, visit http://baytrail.abag.ca.gov/
  Computer History Museum
The Computer History Museum explores the history of computing and its ongoing impact on society and is home to the largest collection of computing artifacts in the world. Wednesday-Sunday, 10-5; 650-810-1010; 1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right. For additional information, visit http://www.computerhistory.org/
  Downtown Burlingame
Downtown Burlingame is filled with interesting shops and restaurants. For additional information, visit http://www.burlingame.org/Index.aspx?page=96
  Filoli
Located 30 miles south of San Francisco, Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. Whether enjoying its beauty or pursuing its educational opportunities, we invite you to explore this cherished community resource. (Courtesy of Filoli.org). Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road. For additional information, visit http://filoli.org/
  Hiller Aviation Museum
Hiller Aviation Museum is dedicated to the dreams of flight, looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. Open 10-5 daily; six miles south of hotel at 601 Skyway Road, San Carlos; 650-654-0200; take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road. The restoration shop, with its large picture windows, allows the visitor to witness the ongoing restoration process. Museum collection includes aircraft exhibits: vintage and futuristic aircraft, prototypes, photographic displays, and models are on display. Extensive gift shop. Museum is adjacent to San Carlos Airport where you can watch commuter planes take off and land. For additional information, visit www.hiller.org/
  NASA Ames Exploration Center
Experience NASA technology and missions first hand; open Tuesday-Sunday 12-4, free admission; 650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497; Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking. For additional information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html
  San Francisco
Some of the main attractions in America's favorite city include Chinatown, Coit Tower, Telegraph Hill and North Beach, the Palace of Fine Arts, the Ferry Building and downtown Market Street, the Asian Art Museum, Fisherman's Wharf, Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square, Golden Gate Park with the Japanese Tea Garden and deYoung Museum, Golden Gate Bridge, Mission Dolores, Nob Hill and Grace Cathedral, the Presidio with the Walt Disney Family Museum, Union Square, Yerba Buena Center with the SF Museum of Modern Art and Contemporary Jewish Museum, the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum. For additional information, visit http://www.sanfrancisco.travel/
  Stanford University
Stanford University: Located between San Francisco and San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley, Stanford University is recognized as one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions. Pick up a self-guided tour map and walk around campus at your leisure, or take a one-hour, student-led Campus Walking Tour at 11am or 3:15pm. Suggested sights to see: Hoover Tower, Memorial Church, Cantor Arts Center and the Hanna Honeycomb House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road. For additional information, visit http://www.stanford.edu/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The National Trust Guide to Great Opera Houses in America


Author: Karyl Lynn Zietz


The Perilous Life of Symphony Orchestras: Artistic Triumphs and Economic Challenges


Author: Robert J. Flanagan


Film Music: A Very Short Introduction


Author: Kathryn Kalinak


Description: Film music is as old as cinema itself. Years before synchronized sound became the norm, projected moving images were shown to musical accompaniment, whether performed by a lone piano player or a hundred-piece orchestra. Today film music has become its own industry, indispensable to the marketability of movies around the world. Film Music: A Very Short Introduction is a compact, lucid, and thoroughly engaging overview written by one of the leading authorities on the subject. After opening with a fascinating analysis of the music from a key sequence in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs, Kathryn Kalinak introduces readers not only to important composers and musical styles but also to modern theoretical concepts about how and why film music works. Throughout the book she embraces a global perspective, examining film music in Asia and the Middle East as well as in Europe and the United States. Key collaborations between directors and composers--Alfred Hitchcock and Bernard Herrmann, Akira Kurosawa and Fumio Hayasaka, Federico Fellini and Nino Rota, to name only a few--come under scrutiny, as do the oft-neglected practices of the silent film era. She also explores differences between original film scores and compilation soundtracks that cull music from pre-existing sources. As Kalinak points out, film music can do many things, from establishing mood and setting to clarifying plot points and creating emotions that are only dimly realized in the images. This book illuminates the many ways it accomplishes those tasks and will have its readers thinking a bit more deeply and critically the next time they sit in a darkened movie theater and music suddenly swells as the action unfolds onscreen.



A History of Film Music


Author: Mervyn Cooke


Description: This book provides a comprehensive and lively introduction to the major trends in film scoring from the silent era to the present day, focussing not only on dominant Hollywood practices but also offering an international perspective by including case studies of the national cinemas of the UK, France, India, Italy, Japan and the early Soviet Union. The book balances wide-ranging overviews of film genres, modes of production and critical reception with detailed non-technical descriptions of the interaction between image track and soundtrack in representative individual films. In addition to the central focus on narrative cinema, separate sections are also devoted to music in documentary and animated films, film musicals and the uses of popular and classical music in the cinema. The author analyses the varying technological and aesthetic issues that have shaped the history of film music, and concludes with an account of the modern film composer's working practices.



Andrew Lloyd Webber (Yale Broadway Masters Series)


Author: John Snelson


Description: Andrew Lloyd Webber is the most famous—and most controversial—composer of musical theater alive today. Hundreds of millions of people have seen his musicals, which include Cats, The Phantom of the Opera, Starlight Express, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, and Sunset Boulevard. Even more know his songs. Lloyd Webber’s many awards include seven Tonys and three Grammys—but he has nonetheless been the subject of greater critical vitriol than any of his artistic peers. Why have both the man and his work provoked such extreme responses? Does he challenge his audiences, or merely recycle the comfortable and familiar? Over three decades, how has Lloyd Webber changed fundamentally what a musical can be? In this sustained examination of Lloyd Webber’s creative career, the music scholar John Snelson explores the vast range of influences that have informed Lloyd Webber’s work, from film, rock, and pop music to Lloyd Webber’s own life story. This rigorous and sympathetic survey will be essential reading for anyone interested in Lloyd Webber’s musicals and the world of modern musical theater that he has been so instrumental in shaping.



Swing Changes: Big-Band Jazz in New Deal America


Author: David W. Stowe


Description: Bands were playing, people were dancing, the music business was booming. It was the big-band era, and swing was giving a new shape and sound to American culture. "Swing Changes" looks at New Deal America through its music and shows us how the contradictions and tensions within swing - over race, politics, its own cultural status, the role of women - mirrored those played out in the larger society. Drawing on memoirs, oral histories, newspapers, magazines, recordings, photographs, literature and films, "Swing Changes" offers a picture of American society at a pivotal time, and a perspective on music as a cultural force.





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