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WHQR and Thalian Hall are presenting a live performance of Phil Furia’s feature program The Great American Songbook on Friday, March 2nd on Thalian Hall’s main stage. Before the big event, WHQR's Rachel Lewis Hilburn is taking a deeper look at the history of the Great American Songbook with a three-part series. It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de-lovely… that familiar phrase found its way into the English lexicon in the first half of the twentieth century. In Part II of our special series on the history of The Great American Songbook, WHQR’s Rachel Lewis Hilburn and Phil Furia, creator of the Midday Café feature, explore how so many of the great lyricists started life as light verse poets. For tickets to the event, visit thalianhall.org.

Photo and Video Recap: Great American Songbook Live 2014!

Update: Click the above photo for a short slideshow. For a full album of pictures, visit the full Great American Songbook Photo Album on Facebook!

The Great American Songbook Live last Saturday night was a great success!

Thank you to all of you who came out to hear and see the wonderful show. Thanks to our fabulous performers. Thanks to the great people at Kenan Auditorium and our partners, UNCW's Office of Cultural Arts. If you missed the show, enjoy these photos (courtesy of Joe D'Alessandro) by clicking the above slideshow. Also be sure to check out this video of Nina Repeta performing "Georgia."

The top ten songs, by WHQR listener-vote, are listed below.

  1. “The Way You Look Tonight”
  2. “Someone to Watch Over Me”
  3. “Summertime”
  4. “Moon River”
  5. “It Had to Be You”
  6. “Over the Rainbow”
  7. “As Time Goes By”
  8. “Puttin’ on the Ritz”
  9. “My Funny Valentine”
  10. “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

http://youtu.be/vamb6XiGnx0Check back as we hope to have more photos and videos to come.