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Learn musical history through documentary film series

Participants to discuss music following movie viewing

POSTED: September 26, 2013 1:00 a.m.

Cinema enthusiasts will have great films to choose from this fall as the University of North Georgia host a film series.

“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Most Popular Music,” features documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions of 20th-century music. Benjamin Schoening, a UNG assistant professor of music, will lead discussions about the historical context and social impact of each musical genre.

“When looking at any culture, an exploration and understanding of music is paramount to understanding the overall historical fabric, values and norms of that culture,” Schoening said. “The popular musical genres and styles that developed within the United States are both a fusion of many world cultures coming together in the United States and yet, at the same time, something that is uniquely our own that others around the world have chosen to emulate.”

“America’s Music,” which started Sept. 14, explores a different, uniquely American musical genre’s influence on life during Saturday sessions. All sessions are free and begin at 4 p.m. on UNG’s Gainesville campus.

Sessions will last about 90 minutes to two hours. Light refreshments will be provided, and RSVPs are appreciated to emily.thornton@ung.edu or 678-717-3658.

The “America’s Music” sessions are:

Sept. 28: The music of Broadway and Tin Pan Alley are featured in an episode of the Emmy-winning series “Broadway: The American Musical.”

Oct. 12: Swing jazz is covered in an episode of “Ken Burns’ Jazz” and the documentary “International Sweethearts of Rhythm.”

Oct. 26: The history of country and bluegrass are traced in the documentary “High Lonesome: The Story of Bluegrass Music.”

Nov. 9: The emergence of rock and roll is featured in an episode of “The History of Rock and Roll.”

Nov. 23: Latin rhythms from mambo to hip hop are the subject of an episode of “Latin Music USA” and the award-winning film “From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale.”


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