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John Eaton: A 40th Anniversary Celebration

4-Session Daytime Course

Wednesday, May 1 to 22, 2019 - 10:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Code: 1M2023
John Eaton

Pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire John Eaton has been delighting Smithsonian audiences with his commentaries and performances for 40 years. As one of the foremost interpreters of American popular music, Eaton has been called a musical treasure by those who work with him and his many, many fans.

In this perennially popular series, John Eaton returns to pay tribute to the composers whose work defines the Great American Songbook. And in his signature style, he always takes requests.

May 1  The Incredible and Improbable Irving Berlin

Born Israel Baline in Siberia, Berlin is often referred to as the founding father of popular music. He composed quintessentially American songs and musicals, including “God Bless America” and Annie Get Your Gun.

May 8  Frank Loesser: A Most Remarkable Fella  

Loesser, a composer and lyricist of astonishing versatility, went from Hollywood lyricist to composer of Broadway’s great Guys and Dolls and other classic shows.

May 15  George Gershwin and Friends

Eaton celebrates the masterworks of Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Harold Arlen, Ann Ronell (“Willow Weep for Me”), and Vernon Duke.

May 22  The Art and Spirit of Improvisation

Eaton discusses how and why the spirit of improvisation is always present in good music, whatever the genre. He substantiates his thesis by performing selections he considers among the best among American popular music.

4 sessions

Smithsonian Year of Music

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Dr SW
Metro: Smithsonian (Mall exit)