Speakers BureauTalks and Living History Presentations for Your Community
Music: History and Appreciation
Talks with the Music: History and Appreciation theme:
How the Guitar Conquered America- Tim Brookes speaks to the guitar’s importance in defining national, ethnic, and regional identity.
Kitchen Tunks and Parlor Songs- Mark Greenberg discusses collecting oral histories in Vermont and examines how music was affected by social and technological developments.
New England Fiddle Music: History and Characteristics- Burt Porter describes and demonstrates Yankee fiddling, one of America's most distinct musical traditions.
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.
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.
The British Ballad Tradition in New England- Singer and scholar Burt Porter presents a program of New England ballads with commentary on the history and art of balladry.
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.
Vermont’s Musical Ladies- Linda Radtke explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts.
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.