- Richard Glazier
The Indy-born, now Sacramento-based Richard Glazier revived early to mid 20th century popular songs Tuesday night through a combination of mighty fine piano playing, engaging narration and rare film and audio footage.
A historian of the Songbook, Glazier places our favorite show tunes into context, sharing anecdotes to illustrate why we continue to connect with the lyrics and music of Joplin, Gershwin, Rodgers, Kern - and Harold Arlen, of whose "Over the Rainbow" Glazier remarked that "if he had written no other song during his entire career it would have been enough," before he launched into an insider story about how the song almost was cut from The Wizard of Oz.
Later, Glazier pointed up the coincidence that two nine-year-olds at different times and in different places were influenced to devote their lives to music because of a song or the music in a film - Stephen Sondheim by "All The Things You Are"; Glazier himself by the film Girl Crazy.
As a pianist, Glazier impresses with warmth and a conversational relationship with the keyboard; his rendition of the complete solo piano version of Rhapsody in Blue was a journey into the soul. The concert launched The Harriett Glazier Cultural Arts Fund "to enrich the lives of children enrolled in JCC cultural arts programs and events." May 1 at the Hasten Hebrew Academy Theater; presented by the Arthur M. Glick JCC