Music has an amazing power to bring enjoyment, well-being, and meaningful connection in the lives of seniors.
Golden Age of American Popular Piano 1890-1950: Ragtime, Stride, Blues, and Boogie-Woogie. The music of Scott Joplin, James P. Johnson, Pinetop Smith, Mary Lou Williams, Pete Johnson, George Gershwin, and Fats Waller, with stories of its history and colorful personalities, with discussion of the broader cultural milieu.
The Great American Songbook 1910-1949: A survey of the Golden Age of American popular song, with memory-sparking stories and history behind the songs, the composers, and the performers: Ellington, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and others. Vocal and piano solos, along with swinging singalongs such as All of Me, Who’s Sorry Now, On the Sunnyside of the Street, and It Had to Be You.
1920-40’s: Sampler: Vocal renditions of the great songs of the 1920-40’s along with solo piano styles of the time: ragtime, boogie-woogie, and stride. Some singalong included.
Hits of the 1950s and 1960s: Two programs:
Spirituals: Piano Solos and Singalongs. The captivating and expressive song of the Afro-Americans, now part of every American’s heritage and the genesis of American blues, jazz, country, and rock. Presented in blues and boogie-woogie jazz piano styles. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, This Little Light of Mine, Standin’ in the Need of Prayer, Go Down Moses, Wade in the Water, Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho, Go Tell It On the Mountain. Discussion of the history and culture behind the music.
Beloved Hymns: Piano Solos and Singalongs. Jazzy rendeitions of Great Is Thy Faithfulness, How Great Thou Art, When Peace Like a River, Precious Lord, Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory, Shall We Gather at the River, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, Blessed Assurance, and any requests. Songsheets available.
Holiday/Seasonal Singalongs. Christmas carols, patriotic themes for Independence/Memorial Day observance, love songs for Valentine’s Day.
“The residents enjoyed your program so much. They have been talking about it all week.”
SPECIAL-NEEDS BIRTHDAY PARTY:
"Cheri played a variety of classical music for a special birthday event for our family. She arrived on time, listened to our special requests and adapted the music to the event. She was friendly and interactive with the crowd. The guest of honor was a man who has autism. He was so enchanted with Cheri and her music that he pulled up his chair and sat in rapt attention as he received guests. She made the party relaxed and classy. Thanks so much!"
“Kitten on the Keys” (Zez Confreys, ragtime)
“Original Boogie Woogie” (Pinetop Smith)
“Blues in the Night” (with vocals, by Harold Arlen)