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Rodgers and Hart Together Again in San Miguel

RODGERS AND HART

By Joan Yonkler

Richard (Dick) Rodgers and Lorenz (Larry) Hart worked together for 38 years. They met when they were both students at Columbia University. Larry was several years older and came from a lively, generous family whose income came from dubious sources. Dick had a more upscale background—his father was a doctor—and was composing music even as a child. Larry was erratic and undisciplined; Dick was a perfectionist and methodical. But they made beautiful music together. While their Broadway shows served mostly as revues for their songs, their songs are ageless.

On Sunday, February 25, we will celebrate the music of Rodgers and Hart at Nextia Restaurant in the Hotel Nena for a special jazz brunch. This is part of a series of tributes to the great popular American composers of the 20th century.

Performing will be Joan Yonkler on vocals, Antonio Lozoya on bass, and Patricio Peña on keyboard.

I remember watching a PBS special on Dick Rodgers a while ago, and he talked about the difference in his composing between working with Hart and working later with Oscar Hammerstein II. He said that Hart would usually come up with the lyrics first, and Rodgers would then put them to music—not always, but most of the time. But with Hammerstein, Rodgers would start with a musical phrase and Hammerstein would then find the appropriate lyrics. You can hear the difference in the songs. The Rodgers and Hart song lyrics are clever and sophisticated. The Rogers and Hammerstein lyrics are more hopeful and basic.

Yonkler and Lozoya have already performed sold-out concerts that featured Cole Porter and the Gershwins. Come and enjoy this latest tribute. Reservations are highly recommended.

 

Music

Joan Yonkler Sings Rodgers and Hart

Sun, Feb 25, 1–4pm

Nextia Restaurant

Nemesio Diez 10

Reservation at 415 121 5567

 

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