Music enthusiasts to sing oldies but goodies

MHistory Singersusic can bring people together and change any mood, and music lovers will unite for several upcoming programs highlighting all things musical.

Participants can tap their toes to the tunes of Frank Sinatra during the program Frank Sinatra – The Man and his Music, which will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. March 10 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive.

“Frank Sinatra was a true legend as a singer,” said Kim Johnson, who will present the program. “Can we ever forget that magnificent voice or the Rat Pack? The songs that he sang were the ones that  ere loved and will never be forgotten – they are a part of our musical history. Those songs and lyrics touch your heart, and bring back memories and feelings.”

Johnson’s interactive performance, which includes singing and piano, will tell the history of Ol’ Blue Eyes. Fans can sing along with hits like “My Way,” “They Can't Take That Away From Me” and “All the Way.”

“I do the research to find as many interesting and unusual facts and stories as I can and put them into the story of Frank Sinatra's life,” she added.

Songs of two generations
Another musical appreciation program coming up is The Generation Gap: Songs of the Sixties vs.Songs of the WWII Era that will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. March 26 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. Kathryn Atwood, who co-founded History Singers, will sing as well as play piano and flute with her husband John Atwood, who plays guitar and narrates the program.

“In this particular program, the aim is to demonstrate the compatibility of two kinds of music that once were pitted against each other, sometimes with great rancor,” she said. “And we encourage people to sing along if they feel so inclined. Part of our focus is to emphasize that group singing was once a common and popular pastime. Our modern focus has shifted away from that. People are
often embarrassed to sing if they don't have beautiful singing voices — and that's a shame.”

The Atwoods will compare different songs including "Oh Promise Me" versus "Wedding Song;" "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree" versus "Ticket to Ride;" "Over the Rainbow" versus "Mr. Tambourine Man."

“There is no difference in the music, really, only a difference in circumstances. Each generation grew up in a different kind of world, so not only was the subject matter of songs different, outlooks on subjects they had in common were different,” she said. “I think if we can see life as each generation saw it, we get a sense of why their music was what it was.”

Chamber Music at the Library
Music aficionados can get their fix of symphonic tunes during Chamber Music at the Library featuring the DuPage Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 25 at 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive. This informal performance will include an engaging
question-and-answer session.

No registration is required for all three musical programs. The Sinatra and Generation Gap programs are partially funded by a grant for the City of Naperville. For more information about these upcoming programs, go to naperville-lib.org.