Owens Community College has been chosen to participate in the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” program.
The program, which has 50 organizations nationwide participating, is put together by the American Library Association Public Programs Office and the Tribeca Film Institute. It is funded by a $125,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The purpose of the program is to introduce genres of 20th century American popular music that are connected to the history, culture, and geography of the United States. It will have documentary screenings, musical performances, and scholar-led discussions on genres such as blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and county, rock ’n’ roll, and mambo and hip hop.
All “America’s Music" programming presented by Owens is free and open to the public.
“Owens Community College is honored to be chosen as an ‘America’s Music’ participant,” said
Wynn Perry, Owens coordinator of the Walter E. Terhune Art Gallery, said, “Music and film have played very important roles in shaping our country’s heritage and culture and Owens Community College looks forward to engaging both the campus community and the surrounding communities as we share learning and experiences from a music and film perspective.”
The first in a series of six educational programs will take place on Tuesday. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the college’s Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre at the main campus off of Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township. It will focus on the genre of blues and gospel music.
A performance by The Good The Bad And The Blues will kick off the event, followed by the feature films Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues and Say Amen, Somebody.
Bowling Green State University Department of Popular Culture faculty member Matthew Donahue will lead a lecture discussion at the film’s conclusion.
The additional five “America’s Music" events will be:
Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Way Public Library in Perrysburg. Film: “Broadway: The American Musical. Musical performance: Jodi Jobuck, Lynda Dunn and Jo-Anne Chrysochoos.
Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. Films: Ken Burns’ Jazz and International Sweethearts of Rhythm. Musical performance: Owens Jazz Ensemble.
Bluegrass and Country
Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. Film: High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music. Musical performance: Hand Hand String Band.
Rock ’n’ Roll
Tuesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Mainstage Theatre. Film: The History of Rock ’n’ Roll. Musical performance: MAD 45
Mambo and Hip Hop
Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. in the Center for Fine and Performing Arts Studio Theatre. Film: Latin Music USA and From Mambo to Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale. Musical performance: Price of the Ticket
For information about the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” series, contact the Center for Fine and Performing Arts at 567-661-7956 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7956.