Lena Horne image

Lena Horne, c. 1981–1982, courtesy of Photofest

Online Classes

The Great American Songbook, Vol. 3

The Songwriters, the Singers, and the Songs

Wednesdays, June 10–July 15, 1:00–3:00 pm

About the Program

Delve into the history of American popular music—the story of diverse individuals coming together to create groundbreaking, enduring work that reflects and defines us as a culture. This class will look at the history of Tin Pan Alley and examine songwriters including Harold Arlen, Dorothy Fields, Carolyn Leigh, and Alan and Marilyn Bergman; singers Lena Horne, Sammy Davis Jr., Frankie Laine, and Dean Martin, among others; and all of their unforgettable songs.


Instructor: Steve Barri is a composer, lyricist, music industry executive, and musical theater enthusiast. As vice president of Dunhill Records, he was involved in signing several notable acts, including Steely Dan, Jimmy Buffett, and Three Dog Night. While working at Warner Bros. and Motown Records, Barri worked with Lionel Richie and served as advisor for the soundtrack of The Big Chill.