Great American Songwriters Series: John Johnson
Urban Sophistication: Songs of Cole Porter
Paley Library Lecture Hall
Thursday, September 25, 2014
Bring your lunch. Bring your friends. Relax. Restore. Renew. Enjoy.
Boyer Recital Credit is given.
Temple University Libraries Noontime Concert Series welcomes you back to Philadelphia with the first of our Noontime Concert Series featuring guest artist John Johnson and “Urban Sophistication: Songs of Cole Porter.”
John Johnson, pianist, singer, scholar, and entertainer extraordinaire joins us for his “Great American Songwriter” series, sharing with us beautiful melodies, fascinating insights, and inescapable charm! Scriptwriter, performer, and expert in musical theater, John is also a distinguished teacher and lecturer, Professor of Music Theory at the Boyer College.
Cole Porter‘s songs epitomize cool urban sophistication. Delightful melodies pair with lyrics that are known for clever double-entendres and yet maintain a graceful eloquence. Join us to hear beautiful, familiar American classics such as: “Night and Day,” ” Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love),” “You’re the Top,” ” Anything Goes,” ” I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “Too Darn Hot”, “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “I Love Paris,” “It’s De-Lovely!” and more!
“The light touch, the finger-tip kiss, the double entendre, and the lacy lists of cosmopolitan superlatives – these were the marks of Cole Porter’s songs.” “Cole Porter was the master of the witty, sophisticated song.”
Find more about Cole Porter at your library!
Streaming Audio (Temple users only)
Tribute to Cole Porter performed by Manu Le Prince
Swings Cole Porter performed by anita O’Day, Milt Bernhard, Monty Budwig, and more.
The Jazz Giants Play Cole Porter: Night and Day
It’s De’Lovely – The Music of Cole Porter (1924-1940)
Anything Goes performed by Ethel Merman and Frank Sinatra
High Society performed by Bing Crosby, Grace Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong
Born to Dance performed by Eleanor Powell, James Stewart, Virginia Bruce
De-Lovely – musical portrait of Cole Porter