Michael Lasser, host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Fascinatin’ Rhythm,” will bring his take on American popular song to the Geneva Historical Society starting at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3.
Exemplified in the work of 20th century composers including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, these songs dominated the popular music that became today’s standards.
In “Stories and Songs of America's Fascinating Rhythms,” Lasser will examine what makes America's songs distinctive and the stories behind their composition. He will address their roots in the merging of European and African music and composers’ use of what came to be known as conversational lyrics.
Lasser will also describe some of the central themes in his new book, “America's Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley,” which will be available for purchase and signing after his talk.
Lasser is a lecturer, writer, broadcaster, critic and teacher. Since 1980, he has been the host of the public radio show that won a 1994 Peabody Award. “Fascinatin' Rhythm” may be heard locally on WXXI-FM, public radio in Rochester.
The Geneva Historical Society Museum is in the Prouty-Chew House at 543 S. Main St., Geneva, and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and parking is available on the street or in the Trinity Episcopal Church lot across the street.
For details, call the museum at (315) 789-5151.