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Westfield Memorial Library Hosts Doo Wop and Poetry Events

April 7, 2014 at 2:08 PM

The Westfield Memorial Library is pleased to present two exciting music and poetry programs at the end of April. The library is located at 550 East Broad Street.

On Wednesday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m., the library will present “Under the Street Lamp: Tales from the Doo Wop Era,” and on Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 p.m., the library presents a celebration of National Poetry Month.

“Under the Street Lamp” explores the history and spirit of Doo Wop music. Music historian Dr. Charles Horner will reveal the true stories behind the Dominoes, the Moonglows, Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, and the Harptones. He’ll play such famous music as “In the Still of the Night,” “Gloria,” and “Earth Angel.”

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A former radio personality on Philadelphia's WXPN-FM for twenty years, Dr. Horner has interviewed hundreds of 1950s singers. His presentation, along with Pamela Horner, is assembled through the memories of singers from the 1950s and their personal stories, as well as his huge archive of records, photographs, sheet music and other memorabilia. Some memorabilia will be displayed during the talk.

Pamela Horner has been an aficionado of R&B vocal group harmony for more than 20 years. She is skilled as an educator, administrator, researcher, and writer.

The Horners’ company, Classic Urban Harmony, LLC promotes the legacy of Rhythm & Blues Vocal Group Harmony (1940s through 1960s), Doo Wop music, Soul Harmony, Spiritual Quartet singing, and early Rock & Roll music through multimedia presentations, workshops, courses, historical research, and displays.

Poets whose work has appeared in the New Jersey based Tiferet journal will read from this publication and others at the April 26 program. Tiferet publishes high quality poetry, prose and art that further meaningful dialogue about what it is to be humane and conscious in today’s often divisive world.

The programs are free and open to Westfield Memorial Library and MURAL cardholders. (MURAL cardholders belong to libraries that are part of the Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries. Call the library to see if your library participates.) Registration for both programs is strongly suggested. To register, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, click on the Online Calendar, or call 908.789.4090 ext 0.

Founded in 1879, the Westfield Memorial Library—the community’s destination for discovery and ideas—engages minds, entertains spirits and facilitates lifelong learning for people of all ages. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information call 908.789.4090, visit the library’s website at www.wmlnj.org, and sign up for the monthly e-newsletter “Library Loop,” or stop by the library at 550 East Broad Street for a copy of the award-winning quarterly newsletter “Take Note.”

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