The Griffyn American Songbook

Which three iconic composers taught songwriting legend Burt Bacharach?

Which American classical composer had music conducted by Frank Sinatra?

What drove Scott Joplin to insanity?

Which one composer orchestrated music for Richard Rodgers, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, and Irving Berlin?

Canberra’s premier chamber group The Griffyn Ensemble answer these questions and more, in The Griffyn American Songbook. Through live performance, the Griffyn Ensemble will be dissecting the interface of American popular culture and the avant garde, with influences ranging from musical theatre, film music, cartoon music, popular song, and jazz.

Chapter 1: The Great American Opera – Scott Joplin. Music by Scott Jopin
Chapter 2: American Musical Theatre – Robert Russell Bennett. Music by George Gershwin, Robert Russell Bennett, Richard Rodgers.
Chapter 3: American Chamber Jazz – Alec Wilder. Music by Alec Wilder.
Chapter 4: American Film Music – Alex North. Music by Silvestre Revueltas, Alex North.
Chapter 5: American Popular Music – Burt Bacharach. Music by Burt Bacharach, Henry Cowell.
Chapter 6: American Cartoon Music – Carl Stalling. Music by Raymond Scott, Michael Sollis, Carl Stalling.

6 November 2010 @ Belconnen Arts Centre