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Tin Pan Alley Cats Performing at John Barton Payne Building

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Tin Pan Alley Cats Performing at John Barton Payne BuildingKen Lelen holding vintage acoustic guitar

Fauquier County Public Library will host Tin Pan Alley Cats, featuring vocalist and guitarist Ken Lelen, on Sunday, August 12 at 2 p.m.

The Tin Pan Alley Cats program offers stories and songs of the great American songwriters who composed for the Broadway stage, Hollywood musicals, recordings and radio shows between 1915 and 1965 – the Golden Age of the American Song. Mr. Lelen will include tunes from composers George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Richard Rogers and Lorenz Hart, Jule Styne, Hoagy Carmichael and others.

In addition to singing ragtime, jazz and swing tunes, Mr. Lelen will play vintage steel-stringed acoustic guitars, creating an authentic, back-in-the-day sound. He has been performing memorable melodies that take the listener down a memory lane of music for two decades. From art and music centers and churches, to libraries and museums, Mr. Lelen knows how to put on a one-of-a-kind show brimming with catchy tunes and amusing anecdotes.

Tin Pan Alley Cats is part of the Sunday with the Library series – monthly programs for adults and families sponsored by Fauquier County Public Library and Friends of the Fauquier Library.  Mark your calendar for these upcoming programs:

History of the Remount Depot:  2 p.m., Sun., Sept. 9, Marshall Community Center
Firearms of the World Wars: 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14, John Barton Payne Bldg.

Visit our online calendar of events for program details and a full list of Sunday with the Library programs.

Want to know more about great American composers and their music? These are just a few recommendations from our Warrenton reference library staff. For more suggestions, stop by the reference desk at your local library or browse the online catalog.

American Epic: When Music Gave America Her Voice

American Roots MusicBook Cover: Broadway Musicals, the 101 Greatest Shows of All Time

Broadway Musicals: The 101 Greatest Shows of All Time

Carry it On! A History in Song and Picture of America’s Working Men and Women

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

The Great Family Songbook

A Guide to the Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail

Jazz: A History of America’s MusicBook Cover, Jazz: A History of America's Music

Rags and Ragtime: A Musical History

You Can Dance Swing

Happy listening!

Cheryl Crow, 
Fauquier County Public Library 

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