Learn about great American composer Irving Berlin's career, compositions and importance in shaping American popular thought in the 20th century. This presentation provides extensive musical excerpts to illustrate five periods of Irving Berlin's musical career. Each musical selection is accompanied by discussion of the historical context and cultural climate of the time. Audiences learn how Berlin's songs reflected (and sometimes attempted to alter) the popular mood. Included are rare images of Berlin's sheet music and photographs from the time. Audience discussion is encouraged.
Sponsoring Organization: Wyoming County Cultural Center.
Funded project of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.