Symposium: Sing Me That Song Again: The History and Impact of Tin Pan Alley (Case Western Reserve University)

Sing Me That Song Again: The History and Impact of Tin Pan Alley
April 12-13, 2013 – Case Western Reserve University

From Broadway to New York City’s beer gardens, popular songs written between the 1880s and the 1930s stirred demand that ignited the American popular music industry.

Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Popular Music Studies explores how the music of that era launched an industry in a two-day symposium, „Sing Me That Song Again: The History and Impact of Tin Pan Alley.“

The event, free and open to the public, is from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, in Harkness Chapel, 11200 Bellflower Rd., on the Case Western Reserve campus.

The presentations will include:

  • Richard Crawford, emeritus Professor from the University of Michigan, who will present „Scenes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.“
  • Walter Frisch, Professor at Columbia University, will discuss „If Ever a Wiz There Was: Harold Arlen and American Popular Song.“
  • Keir Keightley, Associate Professor at the University of Western Ontario, will discuss „From Hogan’s Alley to Tin Pan Alley.“
  • Jeffrey Magee, Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will present „From Flatbush to the Sea: The Cozy Cottage Trope on Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, 1910s-’70s.“
  • Gillian Rodger, Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will discuss „When Singing was Acting: Song and Character in Variety Theater.“
  • Rose Rosengard Subotnik, Professor emeritus at Brown University, will present „My Father’s Musical Time-Capsule: American Songs, Sheet Music, and the Dream that Got Away.“

Singer Joan Ellison of the performance ensemble Circa 1939 will be on hand to help demonstrate some of the many songs that will be explored during the day.

To learn more about the event, call symposium organizer Daniel Goldmark at (216) 368-2526, or email daniel.goldmark at

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