Pardon me, boy, is that the music of an underappreciated genius? When considering the Golden Age of American music, names such as George Gershwin and Cole Porter usually come to mind. But music historian Larry Maurer wants to inform you of the lesser-known exemplars of three-time Academy Award winner Harry Warren. Writer of musical scores for film and stage, Warrens works were performed by heavyweights such as Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Carmen Miranda and Ginger Rogers. He even co-wrote the first confirmed gold record in history, Glenn Millers Chattanooga Choo Choo. For the Harry WarrenThe Brilliant Unknown lecture at Bowers Museum, Maurer plans to enlighten the audience with samples of Warrens work and other post-Depression-era song-and-dance classics.
Thu., June 25, 1 p.m., 2009