GREENWICH, Conn. – The Greenwich Historical Society, in conjunction with its current exhibition “Greenwich Faces the Great War,” will present "Over Here and Over There: The Popular Music of WWI," an exploration of the music of World War I on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 1, at 4 p.m. at the Vanderbilt Education Center.
The program will be performed by Stefanie and Bill Kies, Peggy De La Cruz, John Goldschmid and Dan Swartz – all long-standing and well-known members of the Greenwich music scene.
"We plan to honor the music of the time as we honor the 100th anniversary of this world-changing historical event. At the time, popular music directly reflected political views at home and abroad, with songs written to drum up support or evoke a sense of duty,” said group leader Stefanie Kies. “There were stirring marches, paeans to patriotism, and songs about home, parents, sweethearts, camp life and sacrifice. Some songs were simply comical, told stories and poked vicious puns at the enemy! Be prepared to sing a few songs yourselves! The sing-a-long was a venerated institution of the time."
Member tickets are $10; nonmembers are $15. Attendees also receive free admission to the current exhibition in the Storehouse Gallery, “Greenwich Faces the Great War,” one hour before each performance.
For tickets, click here or call 203-869-6899, ext. 10. Reservations are not required.
The lVanderbilt Education Center is at 39 Strickland Road in Cos Cob, Conn.
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