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What Makes it Great? A Cole Porter Evening (NYC)

February 26, 2019 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM


7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
What Makes it Great? A Cole Porter Evening

Robert Kapilow / Yale University

Listen to iconic masterpieces with new ears, and what you've been missing! Famously witty and urbane Cole Porter joyfully pushed the envelope of musical theater in the 1920s, 30s and 40s with ultra-sophisticated, often risqué songs banned by the censors and adored by theatergoers. Unlike most of the 20th century's great songwriters, Porter grew up in a world of unbelievable wealth and privilege that included Yale, Harvard, and astonishingly lavish travel. Yet beneath his socially perfect public persona was a hidden private life that influenced nearly all of his music and lyrics.

Broadway stars Sally Wilfert and Michael Winther join Rob Kapilow for a musical tour through Porter's extraordinary life and career, as they take a fresh look at Porter’s complex highbrow/lowbrow sensibility in classic songs like “You're the Top,” “Night and Day,” “All Through the Night”, and “Begin the Beguine."

Robert Kapilow / Yale University
Robert Kapilow is an American composer, conductor, and music commentator. Until recently he was an Assistant Professor at Yale University, and initially gained recognition for his classical music radio program, "What Makes It Great?", produced with the National Public Radio's Performance Today. As a conductor, Kapilow has led the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the St. Louis Symphony.


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