Mondays – On Stage Live, Life & Music of
8/2 Burt Bacharach – Composer, songwriter, record producer and pianist who composed hundreds of hit pop songs throughout the 1950’s to the 1980’s. His collaborations with Hal David and Carol Bayer Sager produced a long list of hits and Grammy-winning songs. He won 6 Grammies and 3 Academy Awards, including “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head,” “This Guy’s In Love With You,” “Close To You” as well as the musical, “Promises, Promises.” His songs have been recorded by over 1,000 artists, and he wrote at least 73 US and 52 UK top 40 hits. He is considered one of the most influential composers of 20th Century pop music. Presented by Marcus Chaney.
8/9 George M Cohan – Cohan is often thought of as the father of American Musical Comedy. He wrote more than 50 shows and 300 songs during his lifetime, and is most noted for “Over There,” “Give My Regards To Broadway,” and “I’m A Yankee Doodle Dandy.” His life and music were depicted in the Oscar-winning film, “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” starring James Cagney, and in the 1968 musical “George M!” His importance to the American musical theater is immense, and he was one of the first members of ASCAP. His performing career spanned 6 decades of theater and film and he was known as a composer, producer, director, singer, dancer and actor. Presented by Steve Pollack
8/16 Doris Day – Began her career in 1939, at the age of 17, as a big band singer. In 1945, she gained great commercial success with recordings of “Sentimental Journey” and “My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time.” From 1947 to 1967, she recorded over 600 songs, appeared in many movies and later had her own television show. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the movie “Pillow Talk,” with Rock Hudson. Perhaps her most famous song was “Que Sera, Sera,” and she notably turned down the role of Mrs. Robinson, which won Anne Bancroft an Oscar for the movie, “The Graduate,” in 1968. Presented by Brooke Falls.
8/23 Aaron Copland – American composer, teacher, writer and conductor, often referred to as “The Dean of American Composers.” Some of his best known orchestral works are “Appalachian Spring,” “Billy The Kid,” Rodeo” and “Fanfare For The Common Man.” He is also noted for his compositions in film, opera, song and chamber music. He became the mentor for Leonard Bernstein, and is one of the most influential composers of American music, his style being considered to have captured the essence of “Americana” – a sense of the broad expanse of the land and the pioneering spirit of the nation. Presented by Kaitlyn Tierney.
8/30 Johnny Mathis – One of the most popular singer-songwriters of American pop music, his songs/albums have often achieved gold or platinum status, the Billboard Charts. He has received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame for three separate recordings. His career has spanned 6 decades, beginning in the 1950’s, and he is still performing to this date. Presented by Marcus Chaney.