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Greenwich Library – Peterson Music Lecture: The Life and Music of Henry Mancini

June 12 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Take a deep dive with musicologist Professor Gil Harel into the splendor of musical icon Henry Mancini, one of the most versatile talents in contemporary music. The Mancini name is synonymous with great motion picture and television music, fine recordings, and international concert performances. Celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday as Dr. Harel discusses this musical artist, including his most well-known musical works, such as the theme and soundtrack for the Peter Gunn television series, the music for The Pink Panther film series, and  the iconic song, “Moon River” from the classic movie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

From the piano, Dr. Harel will demonstrate salient aspects of Mancini’s musical style, which melds qualities of big band jazz with disparate elements often more pop-oriented in sound. In analyzing the music, we will consider Henry Mancini’s important place in the canon of 20th century film music.

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Berkley Theater
  Lecture and Conversation     Music and Concerts 

Registration is required.

Gil Harel (PhD, Brandeis University) is a musicologist and music theorist whose interests include styles ranging from western art music to contemporary musical theater. Previously, he served on the faculty at CUNY Baruch College (where he was awarded the prestigious “Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching”). Currently, he is Full Professor of Music at CT State Naugatuck Valley, where he has been presented with the AFT “Merit Award for Exemplary Service to the College” for 6 consecutive years. In 2020, he was honored with the coveted Connecticut Board of Regents (BOR) Teaching Award. At Naugatuck Valley, Dr. Harel conducts the college chorale, a cappella ensemble, teaches music history and theory, and serves as musical director of theater productions.

The Peterson Music Lecture series is made possible through the generous donations of the Peterson Foundation.


June 12
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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