Cabaret show to pay tribute to WW II songsWritten by Vicki L. Kroll | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Music has the power to help people get through even the toughest situations. That power will be showcased in the cabaret “I’ll Be Seeing You – The Love Songs of World War II” at 8 p.m. May 27 in the Toledo Museum of Art. Great Gallery.
“We’ve done this show before, and people really seem to like it,” said Teresa Clark, a soprano who has arranged and performed at programs at the museum for four years. “There seems to be a real nostalgia for that time when people worked together.”
The Findlay resident will be joined by mezzo-soprano Monica Swartout-Bebow of Chicago, baritone/bass Ivan Griffin of Flint and pianist David Aro Zobel of Ann Arbor.
“The show takes a sentimental journey — the partying, the waiting, the hoping and finally the coming home,” Clark said.
From patriotic to sentimental, songs during World War II served different purposes. “Some of the songs were used to boost morale, some were used at the canteen —– the swing music allowed the men to distract themselves from the war. There were songs that were used as propaganda, and there were songs about longing and waiting,” she said.
“G.I. Jive,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “We’ll Meet Again” are some of the numbers on the bill.
“It was really a period when our best songs were written,” Clark said. “It was a field day for composers.”
The hour-long show at the museum is free. A 90-minute version of the cabaret will take place at 8 p.m., June 17 at the Franciscan Center Commons at Lourdes College in Sylvania. Tickets for that show are $10 or $8 for those 62 and older.
For information, call the Toledo Museum of Art at (419) 255-8000 or the Franciscan Center Commons at (419) 824-3999.