Asch Will Discuss Four Hammerstein Songs Feb. 21

News   Asch Will Discuss Four Hammerstein Songs Feb. 21
Archivist and researcher Amy Asch will discuss the history of four classic Oscar Hammerstein songs Feb. 21 at the Council Center in Manhattan.

Asch will be assisted by four singers and accompanist Mark York during the 2-4 PM event.

Asch, who complied and annotated “The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II,” will provide a biographical sketch and historical discussion that traces the creation and development of “All The Things You Are,” “It Might As Well Be Spring,” “Do I Love You Because You’re Beautiful” and “Younger than Springtime” as they progressed from ideas to hit songs to timeless standards. Asch will also read Hammerstein’s comments about the lyric-writing problems he faced in each song.

In addition to the singers, who will provide musical illustrations of each song, the audience will be invited to sing along in a medley of Hammerstein hits. Asch also works on the Playbill editorial staff.

The Council Center is located at 241 West 72nd Street on the second floor. A $5 donation is suggested. There will be refreshments after the presentation.

* The Ziegfeld Society, an organization dedicated to honoring the classics of Broadway music, is presenting this event.

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