Series starts Jan. 13

‘America’s Music’ headed for Midcoast

Dec 16, 2012
Courtesy of: Merryspring When he is not playing ragtime piano, Glenn Jenks of Camden is serving as rosarian. He has been designated the Project Scholar for Camden’s upcoming “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” at Camden Public Library, the only site in Maine for the series.

Camden — The Town of Camden, in partnership with Bay Chamber Concerts and the Camden Public Library, has been awarded a $2,500 and $1,000 grant to host a six-week program series featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century American popular music.

Camden Public Library will be the location for the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” series to enlighten audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, mambo and hip-hop. Camden is one of 50 sites nationwide, and the only site in Maine, selected to host this program series.

“America’s Music” is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. It has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor and a second grant with the support of the Maine Humanities Council. Glenn Jenks, Project Scholar and local musician, will lead the discussions at each of the sessions, which will meet Sundays, Jan. 13 through Feb. 17 at 3 p.m.

“We are thrilled to participate in this exciting program that will help introduce different types of music, show how modern music has been influenced by older styles and bridge gaps among generations” said Brian Hodges, Project Coordinator and Camden Development Director.

“America’s Music,” designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of 20th-century American popular music that are deeply connected to the history, culture and geography of the United States. Older and younger Americans alike will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape that they take for granted today has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms discussed in this series. The “America’s Music” series is not meant to offer an all-inclusive treatment of 20th-century American popular music. Instead, each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, with events in American music history acting as a catalyst for that examination.

The documentary films shown will become a part of the Camden Public Library’s circulation.  For more information about this event and to obtain copies of program materials, contact Hodges at 236-3353 or bhodges@camdenmaine.gov. For additional “America’s Music” related performances and other events, visit librarycamden.org, baychamberconcerts.org and camdenmaine.gov.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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