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John Eaton Celebrates His Favorite Songwriters

4-Session Daytime Course

Tuesday, November 24 to December 15, 2020 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1M2106
$60 - Member
$70 - Non-Member

John Eaton at the piano


  • This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.
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Join pianist, vocalist, and humorist extraordinaire in his 41st season at the Smithsonian as he pays tribute to three of his favorite great American composers.

He salutes the enigmatic Harold Arlen, composer of Over the Rainbow, Blues in the Night, and Come Rain or Come Shine; Hoagie Carmichael, creator of classics such as Skylark, Georgia on My Mind, and Stardust that remain beyond category; and the incomparable George Gershwin, who brought down the cultural barriers separating classical and popular music with the masterpieces Rhapsody in Blue and Porgy and Bess, and also wrote great show tunes, such as Someone to Watch Over Me and I Got Rhythm.

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.

NOV 24  Harold Arlen: The Wonderful Wizard of Song

DEC 1  Jazz, Folk, or Pop: The Paradoxical Genius of Hoagie Carmichael

DEC 8  George Gershwin: The Great Reconciler    

DEC 15  1964: The Year the Music Changed

4 sessions


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This program is part of our
Smithsonian Associates Streaming series.