About the Program
The Great American Songbook holds historical significance: we played it on our home pianos during the Great Depression and listened to it on radio hours as two world wars’ breaking news interrupted broadcasts. Now, nearly a century later from the start of the canon, we are beginning to (cautiously) emerge from another nationwide trauma, and within us and this music are stories of resilience. These songs, their melodies and lyrics have not only become cultural touchstones, but personal ones as well.
Moonlight in Vermont: An Outdoor Fancy Show is a celebration of influential jazz standards and the popular music of “The Great American Songbook” brought to you by Lyric Theatre, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and ECHO: The Leahy Center for Lake Champlain. Performed by a keyboard accompanist, and a Vermont Symphony Orchestra string quartet, we celebrate the music of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Jule Styne, Betty Comden, Dorothy Fields, Meredith Willson, and more.