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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500

The Andrews Sisters. Courtesy: Photofest


Music of Those Golden 1940s

Wednesdays, September 10 and 17, October 1 and 8, 1:30–3:00 p.m. (4 sessions)

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  • $100 General
  • $80 Skirball Members


This multimedia course uses lectures, live music, videos, photos, and sing-alongs to bring alive the music, stories, and memories of American popular culture in the 1940s.

Explore songs of patriotism, war, love, separation, and hope as performed by legends such as the Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby, and as used in 1940s cinema. Recall the days when Americans were glued to their radios, listening to fresh-out-of-vaudeville stars like Burns & Allen, Jack Benny, and Eddie Cantor, and when the public’s favorite stars were also serving the military as USO entertainers. The course concludes with a visit to the swinging big-band era.

Instructors: Saul H. Jacobs works as an informational and documentary media writer and producer and as a lecturer on informational research and writing at UCLA Extension and California State University, Northridge. He has an academic background in theater arts, and has maintained a lifelong interest in popular music and musical theater. Pianist Bob Lipson, one of Southern California’s outstanding interpreters of American standards, complements the lectures with his own professional insights into musical composition and styles.

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