Come celebrate the history of American music at the Columbia Public Library with the America’s Music series. Each program covers a specific genre of music and includes a documentary screening followed by discussion. Faculty members from the University of Missouri will be on hand to introduce the films and lead discussion. The series continues with an exploration of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley on November 11 and concludes with Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop on November 18. These programs are free and open to the public (no registration required). Visit dbrl.org/americas-music for more details and a full list of events.
Broadway and Tin Pan Alley
Monday, November 11 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Learn about the 100-year history of musical theater and the story of its relationship to 20th-century American life with the film “Broadway: The American Musical, Episode 2: Syncopated City” and a discussion led by Dr. Michael Budds, professor of musicology at MU.
Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip Hop
Monday, November 18 › 6:30-8 p.m.
Discover how mambo migrated to New York City from Havana in the 1940s and broke social and musical rules with two short films, “Latin Music: USA, Episode 1: Bridges” and “From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale,” and a discussion led by Dr. Stephanie Shonekan, assistant professor of ethnomusicology.
In addition to these film screenings, there will be related musical performances at the Blue Note and the MU School of Music. These events may require ticket purchases.
America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.