A Celebration of the Enduring American Popular Song

- February 23, 2012

"From Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael to Cole Porter and the Gershwins..."

March will mark the seventh year that singer David Jenness has gathered together a small group of singers and instrumentalists for an afternoon at Vanessie, in a tribute to the Great American Songbook. From Harold Arlen and Hoagy Carmichael to Cole Porter and the Gershwins, these are the songs, often called “standards”, that have chronicled the lives and times of countless Americans. They are literally the soundtrack of America. 

This year’s soirée features some of the lesser-known songs of Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, the famous songwriting team from Broadway and Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s. Performers this year are vocalists Jenness and Patty Stephens, accompanied by the John Rangel Duo.

The Celebration Series was launched following the 2005 publication of Jenness' "Classic American Popular Song: The Second-Half Century," which won the ASCAP/Deems Taylor Award as the best book on popular music of the year.

All proceeds benefit The Lensic Performing Arts Center and tickets can be purchased by calling Tickets Santa Fe at The Lensic at 988-1234, in person at the Lensic  box office or at the door, if tickets are still available. Seating is limited and this annual event usually sells out, so please purchase your tickets in advance.

The concert is Sunday, March 4 from 4 p.m. to  6 p.m.  at Vanessie of Santa Fe, 434 San Francisco St. and tickets are $25. A cash bar and light food are available during and after the show.

And, by the way, Jenness appears to have not grown tired of me, as he has asked me to, again, host this afternoon of music. Hope to see you there.