I Could Write A Book
The Jazz Age Writers
Sat, Aug 7, 8:00 - 10:00 pm
Silva Concert Hall, Hult Center
The Eye Center
Presenting Festival Sponsor
Our Grand Finale concert will focus on three American writers -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), John O'Hara (1905-70), and Damon Runyon (1880-1945). In the case of Fitzgerald, we'll show how he constantly referenced song titles and lyrics, in both his short stories and novels, in a way that they became almost a literary version of a film score, and used these songs, and their associations, to augment and further his characters and plots. There are over seventy instances of popular songs mentioned in his books, and that's not counting his own "made-up" titles and lyrics...
With O'Hara and Runyon, we'll turn the tables and show the influence their writing had on popular composers, with excerpts from Rodgers & Hart's 1940 Pal Joey, which was based a series O'Hara short stories published by The New Yorker in the late 1930s, and Frank Loesser's 1950 masterpiece Guys And Dolls, which was based on several Damon Runyon short stories: "The Idyll of Sarah Brown" and "Blood Pressure" and "Pick The Winner", all from his 1932 collection, Guys And Dolls.
Event Personnel
Ken Peplowski, director, clarinet
Julie Alsin, vocals
Shirley Andress, vocals
Clairdee, vocals
Bob Cross, vocals
Bill Hulings, vocals
Ian Whitcomb, vocals
Dan Barrett, trombone
Jesse Cloninger, reeds
Rod Fleeman, guitar
Doug Miller, bass
Chuck Redd, drums
Program
SET I -- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Tender Is The Night (1941)
 Hindustan
(1918)
Words & music by Oliver Wallace, Harold Weeks
 Smiles
(1917) The Passing Show of 1918
Words by J. Will Callahan - Music by Lee S. Roberts
 Tea For Two
(1925) No No Nanette
Words by Irving Caesar, Otto Harbach - Music by Vincent Youmans
 Poor Butterfly
(1916) The Big Show
Words by John Golden - Music by Raymond Hubbell
The Last Tycoon (1941)
 Lovely To Look At
(1935) Roberta
Words by Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh - Music by Jerome Kern
 Top Hat, White Tie And Tails
(1935) Top Hat
Words & music by Irving Berlin
 My Blue Heaven
(1927)
Words by Richard A. Whiting - Music by Walter Donaldson
 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
(1933) Roberta
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Jerome Kern
The Great Gatsby (1925)
 Beale Street Blues
(1916)
Words & music by W. C. Handy
 The Love Nest
(1920) Mary
Words by Otto Harbach - Music by Louis A. Hirsch
 Ain't We Got Fun
(1921) Satires of 1920
Words by Gus Kahn, Raymond B. Egan - Music by Richard A. Whiting
 The Sheik Of Araby
(1921)
Words by Harry B. Smith, Francis Wheeler - Music by Ted Snyder
SET II -- John O'Hara & Damon Runyon
John O'Hara - Pal Joey (1940)
 I Could Write A Book
(1940) Pal Joey
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 You Mustn't Kick It Around
(1940) Pal Joey
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 What Is A Man?
(1940) Pal Joey
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
 Bewitched
(1940) Pal Joey
Words by Lorenz Hart - Music by Richard Rodgers
Damon Runyon - Guys and Dolls (1950)
 Guys and Dolls
(1950) Guys And Dolls
Words & music by Frank Loesser
 If I Were A Bell
(1950) Guys And Dolls
Words & music by Frank Loesser
 I've Never Been In Love Before
(1950) Guys And Dolls
Words & music by Frank Loesser
 Luck Be A Lady
(1950) Guys And Dolls
Words & music by Frank Loesser
 I'll Know
(1950) Guys And Dolls
Words & music by Frank Loesser
 Fugue for Tinhorns
(1950) Guys And Dolls
Words & music by Frank Loesser
Featured composers, lyricists, creators
Irving Berlin, 1888-1989
Irving Caesar, 1895-1996
J. Will Callahan, 1874-1946
Walter Donaldson, 1893-1947
Raymond B. Egan, 1890-1952
Dorothy Fields, 1905-1975
John Golden, 1874-1955
W. C. Handy, 1873-1958
Otto Harbach, 1873-1963
Lorenz Hart, 1895-1943
Louis A. Hirsch, 1887-1924
Raymond Hubbell, 1879-1954
Gus Kahn, 1886-1941
Jerome Kern, 1885-1945
Frank Loesser, 1910-1969
Jimmy McHugh, 1895-1969
Lee S. Roberts, 1884-1949
Richard Rodgers, 1902-1979
Harry B. Smith, 1860-1936
Ted Snyder, 1881-1965
Oliver Wallace, 1887-1963
Harold Weeks, 1893-1967
Francis Wheeler, -
Richard A. Whiting, 1891-1938
Vincent Youmans, 1898-1946
Ticket/Venue Info
I Could Write A Book Ticket Prices
Seat LvlFull PriceDiscount Prices
15%  20%  25%  Stud. 
AA36.00  30.75  29.00  27.00  18.00 
A30.00  25.50  24.00  22.50  15.00 
B24.00  20.50  19.25  18.00  12.00 
O18.00  15.50  14.50  13.50  9.00 
Silva Concert Hall
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
One Eugene Center
Eugene, Oregon
541-682-5000

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