Friday, May 23, 2014
Fred Miller Lectures in Song
The Trenton Museum Society announces the return of perennial Ellarslie favorite: Fred Miller, performing the songs of Johnny Mercer as he tells us the story of the popular singer/songwriter.
Johnny Mercer´s much-deserved place in the songwriting pantheon of great creative artists is based on his superlative achievements as a major lyricist, a composer, a distinctive pop singer, and a recording executive.
Not only is Mercer known for his solo compositions, but for his collaborations as well. Among his hits beginning in the Thirties: “Skylark”(with Hoagy Carmichael); “Too Marvelous for Words” and “Hooray for Hollywood(with Richard Whiting); “Jeepers Creepers” and “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby”(with Harry Warren); “Blues in the Night,” “That Old Black Magic,” “My Shining Hour,” “One For My Baby,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive”(with Harold Arlen); “Dearly Beloved,” “I´m Old Fashioned”(with Jerome Kern); a string of Hollywood hits such as “On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” “Laura,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening”(1951 Academy Award winner), “Something´s Gotta Give,” and as late as the Sixties with Henry Mancini, Academy Award winners “Days of Wine and Roses,” and “Moon River.”
Pianist/Singer/Lecturer Fred Miller has spent the last several decades in many musical fields including grand opera, musical comedy, classical piano and chamber music. However, his current professional life revolves around American Popular Song.
Each of his more than sixty (60) Lectures-In-Song is a full 60-75 minute musical program profiling a great personality or important facet of American Popular Song. Fred presents at libraries, arts organizations, and scores of private venues throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania.
Sponsored by Zimmerman & Lorimer CPA