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Georgian Court Offers Musical History and Dinner with Fred Miller

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 3, 2009—Enjoy a glimpse into America’s musical past with Fred Miller’s Lectures-In-Song. Each 60- to 75-minute performance focuses on a great personality or significant aspect of American Popular Song’s Golden Age. Seated at the piano, Mr. Miller not only entertains, but also provides insight into the life and times of these musical titans. Included with each lecture is a multicourse dinner reflecting the theme.

The first lecture, “I Hear America Singing,” will take place on Friday, September 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the North Dining Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus. Take an unabashedly nostalgic journey back to the 19th-century Americana that, for many of us, embodies the heart and soul of the American experience. Enjoy the simple, powerful optimism of Negro spirituals, the fine sentiment and longing of Stephen Foster’s innocent ballads, the defining turmoil and triumph of the Civil War, the settling of the West, the spectacular rise of the American musical, and the sing-along songs that nearly all Americans of a certain generation know like old friends. All of these elements make up Fred Miller’s musical celebration of America’s unique blessings to freedom-loving people here and everywhere. A multicourse Yankee Doodle dinner will be served. The cost is $35 per person; reservations are required.

All Lectures-In-Song are $35 per person and will take place in the North Dining Room at 6:30 p.m. To reserve your place, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

  • Harlem Renaissance I • Friday, October 16
    Travel back in time to the 1920s and early 1930s, when the African-American cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance flourished. Fred Miller will examine the careers, and songs, of Ziegfeld Follies star Bert Williams, poignant singer/actress Ethel Waters, ragtime wonder Eubie Blake, elegant composer and bandleader Duke Ellington, dancing wizard Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and the swinging, singing Cab Calloway. A multicourse Low Country dinner will be served.
  • An American Thanksgiving • Friday, November 13
    A Turkey Day feast of a different kind: all in attendance will leave heart-full and soul-satisfied without gaining an ounce. While the immigrants and their children who wrote these songs did not find the streets actually paved with gold as promised, they did leave America’s cultural coffers overflowing with something infinitely more precious than mere metal. A traditional multicourse Thanksgiving dinner will be served.

A native of Albuquerque, Mr. Miller studied piano as a boy with Ralph Berkowitz, former dean of Tanglewood and accompanist for 20 years to the great cellist Piatagorsky. In New York, he studied acting for two years with stage and film legend Geraldine Page and vocal performance with Tony Award-winner Helen Gallagher.

Mr. Miller appeared in commercials, wrote and broadcast his own radio program on WDVR, 89.7-FM, and, for 25 years, has run the Copper Penny Players, a class for singers of all ages and musical backgrounds.

Currently, Mr. Miller, who resides in Sergeantsville, enjoys assembling cabaret programs for singers, and as a performer himself, his sole focus is now his series of nearly 50 Lectures-In-Song. Each of these lectures is a musical and anecdotal profile of a great American songwriter, performer, or some important aspect of classic American song, presented at scores of libraries, retirement villages, arts organizations, and private venues throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For more information, see his Web site at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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