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Talks and Living History Presentations for Your Community

Music: History and Appreciation

Talks with the Music: History and Appreciation theme:

Image of man at piano Aaron Copland’s America - Pianist Michael Arnowitt offers a program surveying the music of Aaron Copland, who created what is considered today to be a distinctively American sound in classical music.
Suffragette standing before a banner From the Parlor to the Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists - Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and "Votes for Women" sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment through songs and stories.
Image of hands with guitar How the Guitar Conquered America - Tim Brookes speaks to the guitar’s importance in defining national, ethnic, and regional identity.
Image of men playing fiddles in a circle Kitchen Tunks and Parlor Songs - Mark Greenberg discusses collecting oral histories in Vermont and examines how music was affected by social and technological developments.
Image of a piano keyboard People, Music, and 88 Keys, More or Less: Keyboard Instruments through the Ages - William Tortolano leads an exploration of the harpsichord, clavichord, the pianoforte, and more through the ages.
Image of Rebel Girl sheet music Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor - Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930. 
Image of Igor Stravinsky Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” and the Music of 1911 - In this special lecture-demonstration, Michael Arnowitt explores some of the fascinating creative details of Stravinsky’s landmark work of genius
Image of colonial ballad singer The British Ballad Tradition in New England - Singer and scholar Burt Porter presents a program of New England ballads, with a focus on Vermont versions and a commentary on the history and art of balladry.
Duke Ellington and other musicians around a piano The Harlem Renaissance - William Tortolano draws a vivid recollection of the 1920’s and 1930’s, the great cultural rebirth of African-American music, art, and literature.
Image of Linda Radtke in performance The Vermont Civil War Songbook - Linda Radtke shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War alongside letters from local soldiers, dedicating songs to those from the area who served.
Image of Harold Luce These Old Tunes are Good Enough for Me: Harold Luce, the Story of a Vermont Fiddler - Adam Boyce, one of Luce’s many pupils, shares photos, audio recordings, and personal recollections of Harold, and also plays a few favorite tunes that he learned from him.
Image of Woody Guthrie Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer - Mark Greenberg explores Woody Guthrie’s legacy through his prolific prose writings, his music, and photographs documenting his complex life and times.