AUBURN — Museum L-A, in partnership with the Auburn Public Library and the Bates College Music Department, will host “America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway,” a film series, to enlighten audiences about uniquely American musical genres including blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz, bluegrass and country, rock n’ roll, mambo, and hip hop.

“We are honored to participate in this exciting program as part of our ‘Power of Music’ Exhibit of 2014 and in having the Auburn Public Library and Bates College join us to introduce different types of music, show how modern music has been influenced by older styles, and bridge gaps among generations” said Rachel Desgrosseillers, erxecutive director of Museum L-A.

“America’s Music,” designed for a general audience, will introduce genres of 20th-century American popular music that is deeply connected to the history, culture, and geography of the U.S. Viewers will have the chance to recognize how the cultural landscape has been influenced by the development of the popular musical forms viewed in this series. After viewing, discussions will be led by Dale Chapman, chair of the Bates College Music Department.

The screenings will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and April 14, at the Auburn Public Library in the Androscoggin Community room. Each screening and discussion session will examine an important American musical genre in the context of key social and historical developments, with events in American music history acting as a catalyst for that examination and at times will be connected to the many and great eras of music in Lewiston and Auburn.

For details, visit www.museumla.org or call 207-333-3881.


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