A Tribute to Irving Berlin with Bonnie Weiss
Irving Berlin arrived from Russia at age five. A native Yiddish speaker, he quickly mastered English and taught himself to play piano. With these basic skills and remarkable raw talent, he composed some of the most cherished songs of the Great American Songbook, including "Alexander's Rag Time Band," "Always," "God Bless America," "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Cheek to Cheek" and the best-selling pop song ever written, "White Christmas." He also wrote the music and lyrics to such wonderful hit shows as Annie Get Your Gun and Call Me Madam and films such as Top Hat, Blue Skies and Easter Parade.
In this presentation, you'll learn about Irving Berlin's personal and professional life and see delightful scenes from his Broadway and Hollywood musicals featuring superstars such as Ethel Merman, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Donald O'Connor, Betty Hutton, and Michael Feinstein. Plus you'll see video of Mr. Berlin himself performing his melodies and lyrics.
Bonnie Weiss Bonnie Weiss is a seasoned theatre educator, writer, radio and cabaret producer. She teaches musical theatre appreciation for Bay Area Classic Learning Road Scholar (Elder Hostel) programs and for S.F. State and Dominican University OLLI. She also lectures at retirement communities throughout California. Among the many educational and community organizations through which she has offered her acclaimed presentations are San Francisco Conservatory of Music, The Concordia-Argonaut and Commonwealth Clubs, Masonic Lodges, The Stanford Women's Alumni Association, U.C. Berkeley Extension, the Colleges of Marin and San Mateo and the Blackhawk, Oakland and Palace of the Legion of Honor Museums.
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