Author Michael Lasser will sign copies of his books
, America’s Songs ($33.95) and America’s Songs II ($34.95) cash and checks accepted, from 6-7 p.m. His presentation, “May Your Days Be Merry and Bright
: The Unlikely Story of America’s Christmas Anthem” begins at 7:00 p.m.
Final bids for the 2016 PHS Yuletide Traditions silent auctions fundraiser will be taken from 6-7 p.m., with winners announced following Mr. Lasser’s presentation.
Michael Lasser tells the story of how Irving Berlin came to write “White Christmas” and the unlikely way it became a hit. For a songwriter who usually kept his own feelings hidden, what he thought would be a conventional Christmas soon became one of the great hits of World War II, the most valuable copyright in all of American music, and one of Berlin’s most personal songs. Since “White Christmas” permanently set America’s Christmas in a snowy New England and also established the habit of writing new hit songs every Christmas season, Lasser also talks about some of the other classic Christmas songs written in the next few years. Among them are “The Christmas Song,” “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”
Michael Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic, and teacher. He is the co-author of America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley, and the author of America’s Songs II: From the 1890s to the Post-War Years. Last month, he completed 36 years as host of the nationally syndicated public radio show, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, winner of a 1994 Peabody Award. A graduate of Dartmouth College, he is the former theater critic for The Rochester Democrat & Chronicle and City, and speaks often at museums and universities around the country. In 2010, he was named a Thomas P. Johnson Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Rollins College. He recently finished his third book, City Songs: The American Popular Song, 1900-1950.
This event is free to attend and is open to the public.
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