Wednesday, June 15, 2016
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Lyman Allyn Museum
At the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries, as millions of young men and women left farms and small towns for cities, they passed the Impressionists going in the opposite direction. Michael Lasser’s talk, entitled “Halfway to Heaven”, uses popular songs to focus on American life as we changed from a rural to an urban society but, at the same time, reinvented the countryside as an Eden-like symbol of American values and virtues. These are the songs we were singing while the Impressionists were singing.
A book signing featuring his: America’s Songs: The Stories Behind the Songs of Broadway, Hollywood, and Tin Pan Alley and America’s Songs II: Songs from the 1890s to the Post-War Years will follow the presentation.
Reception 5:30 pm
Presentation 6:00 pm
Please RSVP to 860.443.2545 x129 or email us