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"Tin Pan Alley - Tales and Tunes"

with the Muldawers

January 14, 2017

On Saturday evening, January 14th, the Music Guild was privileged to present Michael and Judy Muldawer in a lecture - concert entitled "Tin Pan Alley-Tales and Tunes". This performance was an unqualified success, and was the first in what we hope to be a continuing series of events highlighting the arts. The Muldawers presented a short video, and quite a number of songs that arose from that era of American musical history known as " Tin Pan Alley". They explained that this period of time from the late 1880's to the 1950's was characterized by the establishment of many music publishing firms and private studios rented by musicians in one area of New York City. With all of the cacophony created by multiple pianos, residents felt that the din sounded like many pots and pans banging together. Thus the name "Tin Pan Alley". We can count many composers who formed their careers in the "Alley", such as George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Sammy Cahn, Frank Loesser, Hoagie Carmichael, Fats Waller, and more than a hundred others. A fun time and a learning experience was had by all in attendance. A new program to be known as " The Center For Adult Learning" under the auspices of the Guild's Education Committee will be responsible for bringing programs such as this to the public in the future.

- submitted by
Rick Cohen, Vice President of Education


And read this wonderful review of the lecture-concert!

Dear Rick,

Thank you for giving us such a fun event last night!  Everyone who attended found it to be entertaining and fun.

It certainly met my expectations for an adult learning experience.  Who knew that Take Me Out to the Ball Game was written by Jack Norworth who had never been to a ball game?  He wrote it while riding a subway train after seeing a sign on the train, "Baseball Today".  I wasn't aware that I only knew the chorus. There are two fun verses to it!


I also found Irving Berlin's history to be fascinating.  It's surprising to know that such a prolific songwriter taught himself the piano, using only the black keys.  Judy and Michael are a wealth of information on the history of the Tin Pan Alley era of music and they have a gift for making it fun.  It was a joy to be entertained by them!

Much gratitude,