Italian American Lecture Series: The Great American Songbook: Past, Present and Future

A roundtable discussing The Great American Songbook: Past, Present and Future will be held as we celebrate the 100th birthday of Frank Sinatra and his extraordinary life and career. This event will also feature The Sinatra Future, select vocal students from Hofstra University performing works from The Great American Songbook accompanied by David Lalama, Professor of Music, Hofstra University.


The Sinatra Future: Zack Alexander, Class of 2018; Kyle Benaburger, Class of 2016; Christina Cinnamo, Class of 2017; Jaden de Guzman, Class of 2017; Allie Lambraia, Class of 2017; Ian O’Malley, Class of 2016.

Moderator:  David Lalama, Professor of Music, Hofstra University

Panelists: David Finck, Musician, Record Producer and Songwriter; Contributing Author, Frank Sinatra: The Man, the Music, the Legend (University of Rochester Press)
Tedd Firth, Musical Director, Pianist and Arranger
Jane Monheit, Grammy Award-Nominated Jazz Vocalist
Arnold Jay Smith, Journalist and Archivist; Professor of Jazz History, New Jersey City University
Debbi Whiting, President, My Ideal Music Inc.; granddaughter of Richard Whiting, songwriter, and daughter of Margaret Whiting, vocalist


Date: Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m. 
Location: The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, South Campus


This event is free, but advance registration is required. Please RSVP below using the RSVP for this Event link. One reservation per person. When RSVPing please limit the party number to a maximum of 2 people: "Myself, plus 1 guest." Please register for each Sinatra event separately as this is part of a series

Reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis. The participation of active musicians, scholars and performers is subject to the priority of their professional commitments.


For more information, contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit

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Monroe Lecture Center
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


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