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More Stories from the American Songbook

Like Swinging in the Breeze: “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “Mack the Knife”

Afternoon Course

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0292
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Richard Rodgers seated at piano with Lorenz Hart on right

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Here are more of those wonderful songs, so familiar they seem part of us. Through the years we dance and romance to them, come together, or dream of an old love. Did their creators ever think they would last forever, or that they could be done in so many ways?

Combining lecture with a wide variety of clips, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how some of our favorite songs from the Great American Songbook came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something brand new, but still the same.

Lukinson, who has won three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, now teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

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Like Swinging in the Breeze: “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “Mack the Knife”

You can’t help but snap your fingers or get up and dance. We may not be sure what these songs actually mean, but we know we love to swing and sway to them. And sing along—now that Mackie’s back in town.

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