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A Billie Holiday Songbook

In this special recital, pianist Lara Downes brings her radiant sensitivity to an intimate exploration of the world in which Lady Day came to greatness, and the songs forever associated with her iconic interpretations. The recital will be held Saturday, March 7 at 2:00PM in the Main Library Auditorium.

Transcending historical divisions of genre, Lara positions songs like God Bless the Child, Strange Fruit and But Beautiful along with works of the period by jazz-influenced composers like Ravel, Ellington, Copland, Florence Price and Gershwin, capturing the essence of what defines the unique sound of American art and our American legacy. The program includes video and text overlay that illustrates the life and change of Lady Day's century.

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