Join pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire John Eaton in his 41st season at the Smithsonian as he pays tribute to three of his favorite great American composers: Hoagy Carmichael, creator of classics such as Skylark, Georgia on My Mind, and Stardust, which remain beyond category; Richard Rodgers, genius writer of melodies famously teamed with two of America's greatest lyricists; and the enigmatic and wonderful Harold Arlen, composer of Over the Rainbow, Blues in the Night, and Come Rain or Come Shine.
Eaton concludes the series with a discussion of the importance of 1964, the year that Bob Dylan and the Beatles emerged. He closes the program with a special concert of his own and your favorites. (As always, he will take requests!)
APRIL 29 Jazz, Folk, or Pop: The Paradoxical Genius of Hoagy Carmichael
MAY 6 One Composer, Two Lyricists: The Worlds of Richard Rodgers
MAY 13 Harold Arlen: The Wonderful Wizard of Song
MAY 20 1964: The Year the Music Changed
Photo caption (upper right): John Eaton at the piano