Rock and Roll examined in America Music program

February 14, 2014  |  
Bob Dylan "goes electric" at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, an important turning point in the history of American music.

Bob Dylan “goes electric” at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival, an important turning point in the history of American music.

Rock and Roll is celebrated at the next segment of the “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, in Youngstown.

The event is free and open to the public.

The series of programs focuses on uniquely American musical traditions and is sponsored by Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County and Stambaugh Auditorium.

The event includes a discussion led by program scholar Ewelina Boczkowska and Ted Perkins, both from the Dana School of Music. This month’s film is The History of Rock’n’ Roll, episode 6, “Plugging In.”

Patrons can sit directly on the Stambaugh Auditorium stage. Popcorn and other refreshments will be sold. “Patrons have enjoyed being seated on the Stambaugh stage for the previous segments of this program,” said Matt Pagac, general manager of Stambaugh Auditorium. “It allows everyone to have a different perspective and a closer view.”

Youngstown is one of only 50 sites nationwide to host the program series by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. The six-part program series features musical performances and award-winning documentary film screenings followed by scholar-led discussions of twentieth-century American popular music.

The remaining schedule is below:

Wednesday, March 19: Latin Rhythms From Mambo to Hip Hop. Performance by Lee Beitzel and YSU Dance Studio and lecture by Ewelina Boczkowska. Film screenings and discussion: Latin Music USA, Episode 1, Bridges and From Mambo to Hip-Hop: A South Bronx Tale

Wednesday, April 16: Swing Jazz. Performance by YSU Jazz Ensembles and lecture by Ewelina Boczkowska. Film screenings and discussion: Ken Burns’ Jazz: Episode 6, Swing, The Velocity of Celebration and International Sweethearts of Rhythm

“America’s Music” has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

For more information, call the Dana School of Music at 330-941-3636, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County at 330-744-8636 or Stambaugh Auditorium at 330-747-5175.