“You Oughta Be in Pictures” Movie Songs from the Great American Songbook

“You Oughta Be in Pictures” Movie Songs from the Great American Songbook

Sun, 05/18/2014 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Enjoy an afternoon of great music from the movies with Fascinatin' Rhythm host Michael Lasser and singers Cindy Miller and Alan Jones.

When the coming of sound changed the movie business in the late 1920s, the studios devoured material – anything that could possibly be turned into a talking picture. Suddenly, movies that were “All Singing! All Dancing! All Talking!” were all the rage. The studios lured songwriters to Hollywood with promises of eternal sunshine and bottomless pots of money. Some songwriters hated California, but others like Harold Arlen, Ira Gershwin, and Johnny Mercer, chose to live and work there. Soon the movies created its own great musical stars – Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire – who had songs to sing as the movie musical came into its own. 

Join WXXI’s Michael Lasser and two wonderful singers Cindy Miller and Alan Jones as they perform movie songs from the Great American Songbook in You Oughta Be in Pictures,  Sunday May 18, 2014 from 2-4 p.m. at the Harley School, 1981 Clover Street, Rochester, NY 14618.  Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $25.00 and will be available at the door. Following the show, Michael will be on hand to sign his new book and refreshments will be served.

Fascinatin' Rhythm explores the history and themes of American popular music from Stephen Foster to Stephen Sondheim. These weekly "radio essays," illustrated by recordings, won the 1994 George Foster Peabody Award for letting "our treasury of popular tunes speak (and sing) for itself with sparkling commentary tracing the contributions of the composers and performers to American society." The Peabody citation called Fascinatin' Rhythm "a celebration of American culture." The program originates from WXXI, and is nationally syndicated. Fascinatin' Rhythm airs Saturdays at 11 a.m. on Classical 91.5.