Jan 25, 2014 at 8:00pm
[January 7, 2014- Sarasota, FL] A favorite on the GPAC stage, Peabody award-winning author and pundit Michael Lasser returns with another evening of music and musing on great songs from the movies. Since The Jazz Singer, the first sound picture that matters, music and the movies have been inseparable. That means composers of romantic scores like Dmitri Tiomkin and John Williams, but mainly it means songs – an evening chock full of unforgettable tunes from “Blue Skies” to “Singin’ in the Rain” to “Cheek to Cheek,” as well as songs about the movies, from “Hooray for Hollywood” to “You Oughta Be in Pictures.” The songs provide their own melodic history of the movies.
He doesn’t sing and he doesn’t dance, but he knows all there is to know about American popular music. Jeff Tyzik, principal Pops conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic says, “Michael Lasser is a walking encyclopedia of…American song.”
Raised in New Jersey in the shadow of Broadway, Michael Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher. Growing up “with Manhattan on my left and the Jersey Shore on my right,” he saw his first Broadway musical at the age of ten. “I can’t imagine my life without the theater and its songs,” he says.
He and Philip Furia are co-authors of the new book, America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley. Those songs are the basis for his nationally syndicated public radio program, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, winner of a 1994 Peabody Award. His next book, America’s Songs II: from the 1890’s to the Post-War Years, was just released at the end of 2013.
For 20 years, Lasser was also the theater critic for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, and a member of the Speaker’s Bureau of the New York Council for the Humanities. He has spoken at universities and art and history museums in 34 states and the District of Columbia, and also appears with two singers in cabaret-style performances enhanced by his knowledge of the songwriters, the music’s history, and how the songs amuse us and stir our emotions.
There will be only one performance of this concert on Saturday, January 25 at 8:00 pm at The Glenridge Performing Arts Center on Palmer Ranch, 7333 Scotland Way, Sarasota. Tickets $22.50 General/$17.50 GPAC family. Call the box office at (941) 552-5325 or visit www.GPACTIX.com.
Glenridge Performing Arts Center is open to the public, providing the greater Sarasota area with a chance to regularly experience spectacular performances from jazz to classical and theater to barbershop. For additional information on The Glenridge please visit theglenridge.com and for tickets visit www.gpactix.com
About The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch:
The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch is the nation’s first Life Fulfilling Community, focusing on lifelong learning and optimum health for members coupled with the security of long-term care and rehabilitation services. The multi-million dollar Glenridge Performing Arts Center, distinguished among area performing halls with its picturesque setting and elegant yet modern interior, plays a huge role in Glenridge’s community model, providing members with an opportunity for continued involvement in the arts. Residents can enjoy performances year-round or get involved in whatever way suits their talents, like singing, acting, building sets or managing the house.