Encore Performance of Over Here and Over There: Music of WWI
Friday, April 17, 2015
Music played a key role in the development of popular opinion during WWI. Everything from lyrics to cover art was designed to sway popular opinion, and as political sentiment shifted from neutrality to direct support for the allies, so did the tone of mainstream music. Prior to US involvement in 1917, many songs supported neutrality and would even invoke a mother's love as good reason to keep a son at home. Once the US began sending troops to Europe, patriotic themes prevailed.
Back by popular demand, on Friday, April 17, the Greenwich Historical Society will present an encore performance of "Over Here and Over There," an exploration of the music of WWI in a program performed by Stefanie and Bill Kies, Peggy De La Cruz, John Goldschmid and Dan Swartz—all long-standing and well-known members of the Greenwich music scene. Notes group leader Stefanie Kies, "We plan to honor the music of the time as we honor the 100th anniversary of this world-changing historical event. At the time, popular music directly reflected political views at home and abroad, with songs written to drum up support or evoke a sense of duty. There were stirring marches, paeans to patriotism, and songs about home, parents, sweethearts, camp life and sacrifice. Some songs were simply comical, told stories and poked vicious puns at the enemy! Be prepared to sing a few songs yourselves! The sing-a-long was a venerated institution of the time."
Stefanie and Bill Kies, both avid history buffs, met while singing in a folk group at Christ Church Greenwich in 1980 and have been involved in a variety of musical activities ever since. For the past 15 years Stefanie has acted as co-music director at the Dingletown Church along with John Goldschmid, where Bill is a favorite soloist. Through Greenwich Chaplaincy, Stefanie provides music weekly for nondenominational services at both Nathaniel Witherell and River House.
Soprano Peggy De La Cruz has been well known in the local vocal scene since the 1970s. A mainstay of the famed sextet Bob Button and the Bows, she also remains involved in groups 3 For the Road, the Park Street Singers and Connecticut Playmakers.
Old Greenwich native John Goldschmid formed his first band at Eastern Junior High School in the 1960s. If it's Sunday, you will find him at the Dingletown Community Church. If it's Saturday night, look for him in any number of local spots playing a wide range of music from jazz standards through classic rock 'n' roll.
Dan Swartz, baritone and guitarist, is best known locally for his performances through the Connecticut Playmakers, Greenwich's Angel Choir and local a cappella groups, drawing material from American Songbook standards and pop music. Locally, Dan volunteers weekly at Nathaniel Witherell and plays special engagements at restaurants, bars, art centers and senior centers.
The group's first creative work at the Greenwich Historical Society was a musical production of Civil War music performed at the Historical Society's Vanderbilt Education Center on Lincoln's Birthday, 2012, to a sold-out crowd. Don't miss this unique blend of music and history. Because of the snow storm on March 1, unused tickets for that performance will be honored.
Friday, April 17, 2015, 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Greenwich Historical Society, Vanderbilt Education Center
39 Strickland Road, Cos Cob, CT 06807
Members: $10; nonmembers: $15
Reservations are not required.
Purchase tickets below or call 203-869-6899, Ext. 10
2015 Landmark Recognition Event
Sunday, April 19, 2015
Five Historic Homes To Be Recognized
This year, the Greenwich Historical Society’s will honor five properties that reflect Greenwich’s unique architectural heritage. Properties include a stunning backcountry estate once home to Joseph Hirshhorn and the fabulous art collection he donated to the Smithsonian; the former Greenwich Post Office (now Restoration Hardware); French Farm, whose past owner was a preservation pioneer in Greenwich; a charming Cos Cob Victorian and the Riverside Avenue Bridge (Connecticut’s only cast iron bridge). Each of the properties will be presented with a Greenwich Historical Society plaque for adherence to design and architectural excellence. The properties join nearly 300 other homes, sites and other structures that have been plaqued since the program’s inception in 1987.
Leader in America’s New Preservation Movement to Speak
We are very pleased to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Stephanie Meeks, president and chief executive officer of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Under Meeks, the Trust has developed an ambitious strategic plan to save imperiled places, engage new and younger audiences in preservation and develop new models for preservation funding—all issues as relevant to our community as they are to the national scene. You will not want to miss this opportunity to hear a true leader in the new preservation movement.
The Landmark Recognition Program, now in its 27th year, is generously sponsored by:
Sunday, April 19, 2015, 5:00 to 7:30 pm
Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road, Greenwich, CT
Tickets: $75 per person; $250 for Patron level; $500 for Benefactor level.
Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Advance reservations required. Champagne, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.