Manny P. here…
Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Initiative is an archive at the Center for the Performing Arts in the Carmel City Center. It’s a permanent fixture over the Central Indiana landscape, and they provide an extraordinary listening experience for audiences; acting as a museum and education facility by day, and a concert venue by night. The performing arts campus includes the 1,600-seat Palladium Concert Hall, the Tarkington 500-seat proscenium theater, and the 200-seat Studio Theater. Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is a non-profit arts organization, inspiring filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of cinema.
Together, they are partnering a new film retrospective, launching over the weekend of November 15th: The Great American Songbook Movie Series. In addition to screenings, selected events will include guest speakers, plus opportunities to explore memorabilia from the Initiative’s archives and upcoming gallery exhibits. Prior to each screening, they’ll demonstrate the ties between classic movies (mostly musicals) and the American Songbook.
(By the way, this is the primary focus each week on my Forgotten Hollywood radio show on Financial News and Talk AM 15-10, Saturdays at 3p, in Southern California)
Here’s the opening weekend schedule:
The film series will continue on future Friday evenings at 7:30p:
- November. 30th: The Music Man (1962)
- December. 14th (7:30 p.m.): Mary Poppins (1964)
- January. 11th: Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) – with tunes by Irving Berlin
- February. 1st: Kiss Me Kate (1953)
- March. 29th: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Pianist-vocalist-music historian Michael Feinstein has devoted his career to sustaining one of America’s greatest 20th Century art forms. He’s an interpreter of, and an anthropologist and archivist for, the repertoire known as the Great American Songbook. In 2000, the Library of Congress appointed Feinstein to its National Recording Preservation Board, the organization dedicated to the policy of safeguarding America’s musical heritage
Until next time> “never forget”