Parlor Songs program scheduled – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Parlor Songs program scheduled

“Reflections in a Gilded Mirror: 19th Century Parlor Songs,” a presentation by David Raphaelson, will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Geneva Historical Society Museum, 543 S. Main St.

The evening will include a talk and performance of the music enjoyed by American families at home in the late 1800s. Just as popular music today reflects the concerns, fears and aspirations of modern Americans, the music and lyrics of the 19th century echoed the events and social trends of that time.

Raphaelson, dressed in period costume, will explore how social changes in immigration, technology, politics, leisure, and views of gender were reflected in the music of the period’s parlor songs. The program will include songs and instrumental works from the late Victorian period, such as “Three Cheers for Our National Game,” “Take Down That Banjo,” and “The Patrick’s Day Parade.”

Raphaelson plays an antique banjo and guitar during the performance.

This event is made possible through Speakers in the Humanities, a program of the New York Council for the Humanities. 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 office at (315) 789-5151.