Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Initiative is an archive at the Center for the Performing Arts in the Carmel City Center. It’s a permanent fixture over the Central Indiana landscape, and they will provide an extraordinary listening experience for audiences; acting as a museum and education facility by day, and a concert venue by night. The performing arts campus includes the 1,600-seat Palladium Concert Hall, the Tarkington 500-seat proscenium theater, and the 200-seat Studio Theater. Heartland Truly Moving Pictures is a non-profit arts organization, inspiring filmmakers and audiences through the transformative power of cinema.
Together, they are partnering a new film retrospective, launching on the weekend of November 15th: The Great American Songbook Movie Series. In addition to movies, select screenings will include guest speakers, plus opportunities to explore memorabilia from the Initiative’s archives and upcoming gallery exhibits. Each movie event will demonstrate the ties between classic movies and the American Songbook.
(By the way, this is the primary focus on my weekly Forgotten Hollywood radio show on 15-10 Financial News and Talk each Saturday at 3p in Southern California.)
Here’s the opening weekend schedule:
The film series will continue on future Fridays at 7:30p:
- November 30th: The Music Man (1962)
- December 14th: Mary Poppins (1964)
- January 11th: Alexander’s Ragtime Band (1938) – with tunes by Irving Berlin
- February 1st: Kiss Me Kate (1953)
- March 29th: Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Pianist-vocalist-music historian Michael Feinstein has devoted his career to sustaining one of America’s greatest art forms. He's an interpreter of, and an anthropologist and archivist for, the repertoire known as the Great American Songbook. In 2000, the Library of Congress appointed Feinstein to its newly formed National Recording Preservation Board, the primary organization dedicated to safeguarding America’s musical heritage
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