Sunday, June 16, 2013

Cole Porter-Lecture and Soirée-June 11 and 15, 2013

Cole Porter -- 1891-1964

His Life, His Music and His Love of Paris

The French Cultural Center
53 Marlborough Street, Boston

Lecture: Cole Porter: His life, music and his love of France

 Gala: A Parisian Soirée with Cole Porter

Cole Porter, one of the most prolific songwriters of the 20th century, led a fascinating and extravagant life in Paris in the 1920's.  Composing songs from his days at Yale until his death at 73 in 1964, Porter has verified writing credits on 881 songs.

Porter wrote numerous Broadway hit musicals including Anything Goes (1934), Kiss Me Kate (1948), which won the first Tony Award for best musical, and Can Can (1953).   

Porter's rise to fame can be attributed to his time spent in Paris where he lived and entertained lavishly for most of the 1920's.  His love of Paris profoundly impacted his music and provided him with the inspiration to produce his first hit musical, Paris (1928) and Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), which firmly established his reputation as a prominent figure in musical theatre composition and songwriting.  He also composed scores for films in the 1930's.

Porter wrote the lyrics as well as the music for his songs.  His numerous hit songs include Night and Day, I Get a Kick Out of You, I've Got You Under My Skin, You're the Top, Begin the Beguine, In the Still of the Night, You'd Be So Easy to Love.

Cole Porter: his life and music click here:

Cole Porter Songs from A to Z--also for a searchable database of songs click here:

Julius Iglesias sings Begin the Beguine  (Volver a Empezar) click here:

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