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More Stories from the American Songbook

Songs of Remembered Love

Afternoon Course

Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0197
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Clockwise: Nat King Cole, 1959; The original "South Pacific" playbill; Richard Rodgers seated at piano with Lorenz Hart on right (Library of Congress)

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Using a medley of filmed performances, documentary filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how some of our favorite love songs from the American songbook came to be and how re-imaginings by different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something more.

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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Songs of Remembered Love: “Autumn Leaves,” “Send in the Clowns,” and “This Nearly Was Mine”

How tenderly these songs give wings to our memories of love lost but never forgotten. They are the poignant echoes of what was or might have been, the music of the heart’s private chamber.

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