Celebrate a “White Christmas” at GCU—With or Without Snow
Lakewood, N.J., Nov. 29, 2012—What is an American Christmas, if not defined by that exquisite musical poem about friends, family and fresh white snow enveloping an American neighborhood? It can be convincingly argued that America’s fervent embrace of Christmas as more than simply a Christian holiday really does date from Bing Crosby’s casual 1942 delivery of this most celebrated and successful of American songs. Join Fred Miller as he presents “’White Christmas’: An American Christmas” as part of his successful Lectures-In-Song series on Friday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m. Each of Mr. Miller’s 60- to 75-minute presentations focuses on a great personality or significant aspect of American Popular Song’s Golden Age and is accompanied by a multicourse dinner.
According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, composer Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas,” introduced by Bing Crosby on his weekly NBC radio program, The Kraft Music Hall, on Christmas Day in 1941, is the most performed holiday song in recording history, with over 500 versions in 25 languages. Released in the middle of World War II, the song’s thematic feeling of separation from friends and family helped catapult the song to the top of the charts. The song was featured in the 1942 MGM musical Holiday Inn, and again in the near remake of that musical, 1954’s White Christmas, both starring Crosby.
“’White Christmas’ is an icon that transcends analysis for me. It has the simplicity that Berlin always tried to imbue his songs with,” says Michael Feinstein, among the premier interpreters of the American Songbook.
Mr. Miller’s program will include a marathon sing-along that reminds us all, once again, what Christmas continues to mean to us as Americans.
All Lectures-In-Song are $37 per person and take place in the North Dining Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus at 6:30 p.m. Pre-purchase of tickets is required. To reserve your place, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT FRED MILLER
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 www.fredmillermusic.com
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 announced in May 2012 its transition to become a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves more than 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both 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 One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge and at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.
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