IRVING BERLIN: HIS LIFE AND MUSIC
Irving Berlin, who wrote the craze hits Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Swanee and Play a Simple Melody is known for many musicals including Annie Get Your Gun, White Christmas, Holiday Inn, Call Me Madam and the first Ragtime Musical – Watch Your Step. He is also famous for creating the song “God Bless America,” which was made known all over the USA by Kate Smith. His life, from a poor Siberian/Russian Jewish immigrant who lived in a basement and tenement in New York to one of the most successful composers of his lifetime is one of the dream stories of American life in the early 20th Century.
Steve Pollack, performer director, lecturer and actor has appeared in venues singing in eclectic styles ranging from R&B, Standards, Jazz and Blues to Musical Theater, Operetta and Grand Opera. He has performed in numerous public and private venues. Steve teaches voice and performance artistry, and delivers lectures on music, art and culture across several states.
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