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The Golden Age of the Accordion: The Lawrence Welk Era

When accordion music was a Top 40 sound

Yorkville accordionist, educator and music historian Howard Manthei will present “The Golden Age of The Accordion: The Lawrence Welk Era” at the Little White School Museum, 72 Polk Street, Oswego. The program begins at 1:30 p.m. Manthei will trace Welk’s life and times and the impact he had on the popularity of the accordion and its music. Although Welk is mostly known for appealing to more mature audiences, he and his orchestra enjoyed success in the pop world as well. “Calcutta,” the most successful hit of Welk's career, was the only polka song ever to hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. Along with “Calcutta!” Manthei will illustrate his presentation with performances of other Welk pop standards such as “Baby Elephant Walk.” Admission donation is $5 at the door. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s operations. For more information, call the museum at 630-554-2999.
Date & Time
  • September 20, 2014
  • 1:30PM - 3:00PM
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