American Classics Performs George M. Cohan 2019 Revue on April 26 Bedford and April 28 Cambridge

American Classics Performs George M. Cohan 2019 Revue on April 26 Bedford and April 28 Cambridge

American Classics Performs George M. Cohan 2019 Revue April 28 Cambridge

  • Posted on: 15 April 2019
  • By: jbpr120

New England’s only performing organization dedicated solely to American music, American Classics presents George M. Cohan 2019 Revue, their first concert dedicated to the beloved and rare George M. Cohan songs on April 26 (7:30 PM) at First Parish in Bedford and April 28 (3 PM) at Longy School of Music. American Classics assembles another amazing cast of vocalists and musicians including Eric Bronner, Amelia Broome, Bradford Conner, Caryn May, and Benjamin Sears. Steve Sussman returns on piano. Performances are Friday, April 26 at 7:30 at the First Parish Church in Bedford, and Sunday afternoon at 3:00 at the Longy School of Music, Cambridge. For more information and tickets, visit amclass.org.
Born in Providence Rhode Island, George M. Cohan wrote a show called "The Man Who Owns Broadway," a phrase that easily could describe him as he was a major force on Broadway in the early twentieth century. His most famous songs are flag wavers, but the scope of his writing was much wider. Cohan was an actor, direction, playwright, songwriter, and producer. His name epitomizes show business even now over one hundred years since he started his career as a boy.
The concert will feature Cohan classics (“Yankee Doodle Boy,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Little Johnny Jones” and “Harrigan”) as well as songs which have rarely been performed since they were introduced over a century ago. From 1915 is “Those Irving Berlin Melodies” in which Cohan blends quotes from famous Berlin songs with his own word and music, paying tribute to his friend and fellow songwriter. American Classics gave the song a local premiere in 2011 (and only performance since 1915) and repeat it this year. Other rarities are “The Great Easter Sunday Parade” in which the lovely lady extols her own charms; “That Haunting Melody,” a ballad introduced by Al Jolson; “Cohan’s Rag Babe,” about a new dance craze; and a piano solo, “Popularity.”
American Classics is the Boston area’s only performing organization dedicated solely to American music. Since their first season in 1995, they have presented critically acclaimed concerts of vocal and instrumental music. Two American Classics specialties are the music of Irving Berlin and concert performances of rarely-given musicals, including first revivals of Berlin’s first two shows (Watch Your Step from 1914 and Stop! Look! Listen! from 1915) and the first reconstruction and revival of the classic Howard Dietz & Arthur Schwartz revue The Band Wagon (1931) in 2001. Little-known musicals by George & Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart have also been featured. The group has also commissioned new works from area composers. In 2012 American Classics saluted Fenway Park’s one-hundredth season and later sang the National Anthem at for the Red Sox season’s second game. Critics have called American Classics concerts “pure delight” (The Boston Phoenix) and hailed them as “people you want to hear” (The Boston Globe).