FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15 / 11 AM – 4 PM

Lectures

Talk + Music

2/17/2011 / 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Come on and hear! Come on and Hear!
On the 100th Anniversary of "Alexander's Ragtime Band"

Michael Lasser, music historian and host of National Public Radio’s “Fascinatin’ Rhythm”

After the sheet music for this first song misprinted his name, nineteen-year-old Israel Baline turned the printer's mistake into his new name because it sounded more American. He became Irving Berlin. Four years later, he was a professional songwriter with a few hits to his credit - sufficiently well established for the Friar's Club to sponsor a testimonial dinner in his honor. As his contribution to the celebration, he wrote a brief untitled instrumental. George M. Cohan, his mentor, urged him to set lyrics to it and reminded him, as he often did, "The words must jingle, Irvy, the words must jingle." March 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of that song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band."

This event is sponsored by the Des Moines Art Center Print Club and is related programming for the exhibition 1911.

Location Information:
Levitt Auditorium

2011-02-17 18:30:00 2011-02-17 19:30:00 America/Chicago Talk + Music Come on and hear! Come on and Hear! On the 100th Anniversary of "Alexander's Ragtime Band" Michael Lasser, music historian and host of National Public Radio’s “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” After the sheet music for this first song misprinted his name, nineteen-year-old Israel Baline turned  the printer's mistake into his new name because it sounded more American. He became Irving Berlin.  Four years later, he was a professional songwriter with a few hits to his credit - sufficiently well  established for the Friar's Club to sponsor a testimonial dinner in his honor. As his contribution to the  celebration, he wrote a brief untitled instrumental. George M. Cohan, his mentor, urged him to set  lyrics to it and reminded him, as he often did, "The words must jingle, Irvy, the words must jingle."  March 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of that song, "Alexander's Ragtime Band." This event is sponsored by the Des Moines Art Center Print Club and is related programming for the exhibition  1911 . Levitt Auditorium

Above: Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973)
Nature morte avec la bouteille de Marc, 1911 (detail)
Drypoint on Arches wove paper
26 5/8 x 18 3/8 inches
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections
Purchased with funds from the Mildred M. Bohen
Deaccessioning Fund, 2006.17

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