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Get in the St. Patty’s Spirit as Fred Miller Presents Irish-American Songs at GCU

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 2, 2010—What would American music be without the rainbow of foreign cultures that blended so indelibly into the American landscape during the 19th and 20th centuries? Everybody’s Irish when Fred Miller sits at his piano to present “Irish Presence in American Song” as part of his popular Lectures-In-Song series on Friday, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. Each of Mr. Miller’s 60- to 75-minute presentations focuses on a great personality or significant aspect of American Popular Song’s Golden Age and is accompanied by a multicourse Irish dinner.

The distinctive Irish presence in American Popular Song permeates every nook of our collective consciousness. Recognize these lyrics? “Casey would waltz with the strawberry blonde. . . ,” “I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy. . . ,” “I'll take you home again, Kathleen. . . ,” “Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill. . . ,” “My Wild Irish Rose, the sweetest flow'r that grows. . . ,” “Boys and girls together, me and Mamie O'Rourke. . . .” Join Mr. Miller for an evening of unforgettable Irish-American songs.

Fred Miller will also present “Irving Berlin” as part of this ongoing Friday night series on April 16.

All Lectures-In-Song are $35 per person and will take place in the North Dining Room on Georgian Court University’s Lakewood campus at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are required. To reserve your place, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

A native of Albuquerque, Mr. Miller studied piano as a boy with Ralph Berkowitz, former dean of Tanglewood and accompanist for 20 years to the great cellist Piatagorsky. In New York, he studied acting for two years with stage and film legend Geraldine Page and vocal performance with Tony Award-winner Helen Gallagher.

Mr. Miller appeared in commercials, wrote and broadcast his own radio program on WDVR, 89.7-FM, and, for 25 years, has run the Copper Penny Players, a class for singers of all ages and musical backgrounds.

Currently, Mr. Miller, who resides in Sergeantsville, enjoys assembling cabaret programs for singers, and as a performer himself, his sole focus is now his series of nearly 50 Lectures-In-Song. Each of these lectures is a musical and anecdotal profile of a great American songwriter, performer, or some important aspect of classic American song, presented at scores of libraries, retirement villages, arts organizations, and private venues throughout New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. For more information, see his Web site at

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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