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1989-1990 Season
1988-1989 Season
1987-1988 Season
1986-1987 Season
1985-1986 Season
1984-1985 Season

1989-1990 Season

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October 1989
SOTM: “Please Don’t Go Girl”
Michael Feinstein
General Music in Action!
An Introduction
New Kids on the Block
Donny Osmond
Elvis Presley and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Revolution

November 1989
SOTM: “Come Go With Me”
The Age of Harmony
The Music of Hungary
The Ring: A Personal Musical Experience
Rock to the Rescue

December 1989
SOTM: “Eternal Flame”
American Bandstand
The Bangles
The Music of England
Jerome Robbins’ Broadway
Top Records of the Year

January 1990
SOTM: “The Wind Beneath My Wings”
Chubby Checker and the Twist
Glenn Gould: A Canadian Original
Oh Canada!
Tears for Fears
What It’s Like to Be an A&R Person
The Year in Pop

February 1990
SOTM: “Cover Girl”
William Billings
New Orleans: The Roots of Jazz
Janet Jackson
Music of the United States

March 1990
SOTM: “Another Day in Paradise”
Phil Collins
General Music in Action!
The Girl Singers
Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus
Milli Vanilli
The Music of Russia – Part I

April 1990
SOTM: “Help Me, Rhonda”
The End of an Era
Vladimir Horowitz
Billy Joel
Rock in Russia
The Music of Russia – Part II

May 1990
SOTM: “Cold-Hearted”
Paula Abdul
Bye Bye Birdie
Living Colour
Billy Sheehan
The Music of Spain

1988-1989 Season

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October 1988
SOTM: “I Know Him So Well”
Johann Sebastian Bach
Family Ties: Musical Dynasties
Whitney Houston
Introduction to Rhythm
Stephen Sondheim: An American Original
The Story of Tape Recording

November 1988
SOTM: “Only In My Dreams”
The Baroque
Child Prodigies
Debbie Gibson
Matt Haimovitz
Make Your Own Original Instruments
Rhythm: The Long and the Short of It

December 1988
SOTM: “Should’ve Known Better”
The Age of Classicism
Chick Corea: Keyboard Wizard
Richard Marx
Napoleon and Beethoven
The Phantom of the Opera
Radio City Christmas Spectacular
Rhythm: Clapbacks, Chantbacks, & Singbacks

January 1989
SOTM: “I Still Believe”
French Horn
The Music of India
Melody: The Ups and Downs of Music
The Romance of Robert and Clara Schumann
The Romantic Era
The Year in Pop

February 1989
SOTM: “The Locomotion”
American Folk Instruments
The Boys Choir of Harlem
Duke Ellington
Louis Moreau Gottschalk
The Judds
Melody & Rhythm: A Musical Marriage
Nashville: Music City U.S.A.

March 1989
SOTM: “Don’t Be Cruel”
Claude Debussy
The Digital Revolution
Harmony 1: Solid & Broken Chords
The History of Rap (Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince)
Richard Stoltzman

April 1989
SOTM: “La Isla Bonita”
The 20th Century
Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Harmony 2: Rhythm & Harmony Combined
The Lure of Latin Rhythms
Jule Styne
Heitor Villa-Lobos

May 1989
SOTM: “One Moment in Time”
The Wizard of Oz: Happy 50th!
Felix Mendelssohn
The Young and the Talented

1987-1988 Season

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October 1987
SOTM: “La Isla Bonita”
The Blues
Bon Jovi
The CD Explosion
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Branford Marsalis
Music Videos
Rhythm (part 1)
Franz Schubert: Master of Melody

November 1987
SOTM: “You Got It All”
Cajun and Creole Music
Placido Domingo
The Jets
Meat Loaf
Opera: An Overview
Rhythm (part 2)
R&B and Soul Music

December 1987
SOTM: “Summer of ‘69”
Consonant & Dissonant
Morton Gould
Holiday Gift Guide
The Music of Italy
Les Misérables
Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam
Rockabilly and the Country Influence

January 1988
SOTM: “Lean On Me”
The Canadian Brass
Composer and Librettist
Enriched Harmonies
Heavy Metal
What It’s Like to Be a Studio Engineer
The Year in Pop

February 1988
SOTM: “Hello, Dolly!”
All-American: The High School Marching Band
Black Gospel Music
Holly Dunn
Electric Guitar
Master Tunesmiths of Broadway
John Philip Sousa: The March King

March 1988
SOTM: “Carrie”
Roberta Alexander
Music of Europe
The Fugue
Irish Music in America
Charles Ives
Men at Work
Organ: The King of Instruments
The Singer’s Art

April 1988
SOTM: “Michelle”
The Bangles
Joshua Bell
Gustav Holst
New Wave
Sea Shanties
Street Musicians
Tonality: Musical Magnetism

May 1988
SOTM: “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”
Irving Burgie: King of Calypso Song
Aretha Franklin
A Guide to Summer Music Festivals
Irving Berlin: Happy 100th!
Tonality: Transposition

1986-1987 Season

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October 1986
SOTM: “The Greatest Love of All”
The Synthesizer in the ‘80s
Gotta Dance! Overview
Whitney Houston
Johann Strauss Jr.: The Waltz King
Vienna Calling!

November 1986
SOTM: “Invisible Touch”
The Apollo Theater
Benjamin Britten
Billy Joel
Percussion, Part 1: Non-Pitched
Ivo Pogorelich: Rebel Pianist
Putting a Melody Together: Part 1
Rodgers & Hammerstein

December 1986
SOTM: “These Dreams”
Ludwig van Beethoven
Gary Burton
Carnegie Hall: The Aristocrat of Concert Halls
Peter Gabriel
Huey Lewis and the News
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Percussion, Part 2: Pitched
Vertical vs. Horizontal

January 1987
SOTM: “Love Will Conquer All”
Gilbert & Sullivan
Gotta Dance! Ballet
Chieli Minucci: The Life of a Freelance Musician
Music in Japan Today
Francis Poulenc
Putting a Melody Together: Part 2
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel
The Year in Pop

February 1987
SOTM: “Words Get in the Way”
Leonard Bernstein
Broadway & Jazz
Country Music Update
Melody and Rhythm: The Long and the Short of It
Music of the American Indian
Elvis Presley
Robert Shaw and the Woodruff Arts Center
The Judds

March 1987
SOTM: “The Next Time I Fall”
Frédéric Chopin
Duran Duran
Gary Karr
Latin America
The MUSIC ALIVE! Record Guide
Putting a Melody Together: Part 3

April 1987
SOTM: “True Blue”
The Beatles
The Bee Gees
Georges Bizet
Janet Jackson
Lerner and Loewe
Theme and Variations: Part 1
The World of the Competition

May 1987
SOTM: “Livin’ on a Prayer”
The Brill Building Songwriters
Festival of Three Worlds
Gotta Dance! Modern
Music of Greece
Edvard Grieg
Bruce Hornsby and the Range
Theme and Variations: Part 2
Stevie Wonder
Zoro of New Edition

1985-1986 Season

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October 1985
SOTM: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
Bryan Adams
The Carillon
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Zubin Mehta – A World Leader in Music
Music and the Statue of Liberty
Giuseppe Verdi

November 1985
SOTM: “I Just Called to Say I Love You”
The Art of Violin Making
Italy: The Sounds of Music
Scott Joplin
Isaac Stern
Tin Pan Alley, Early Jazz, and Country Music
Stevie Wonder

December 1985
SOTM: “Rhythm of the Night”
Big River: A Mark Twain Story Comes to Broadway
Zoltan Kodály
Making a Commercial
The Paris Opera: A Rendezvous with History
Producing a TV Commercial
Swing Bands
The Year in Pop

January 1986
SOTM: “Dancing in the Street”
The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll
Introduction to Musical Theater
Katia Labeque and Marielle
The Mysterious Case of Mozart’s Death
Bruce Springsteen

February 1986
SOTM: “Say You, Say Me”
American Folk Music
The Beatles and the British Invasion
George Gershwin
Melodic Contours
The War Years

March 1986
SOTM: “Take On Me”
Wynton Marsalis
Modest Mussorgsky
New Edition
The Rock Explosion

April 1986
SOTM: “And I Love Her”
Careers in Music
Clarence Clemons
Flute and Piccolo
Pop Music in the Seventies
Sergei Prokofiev

May 1986
SOTM: “Caravan of Love”
From Rags to Rock
Peter Schickele and P.D.Q. Bach
Richard Wagner and the “Mad” King of Bavaria

1984-1985 Season

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October 1984
SOTM: “Stuck on You”
Hall and Oates
The History of the Guitar
How to Score in the Film Business
Romantic Superstars
Romanticism in Music

November 1984
SOTM: “All My Loving”
Huey Lewis and the News
The Music Center of Los Angeles
André Previn: On Conducting
The World of Pan

December 1984
SOTM: “If This Is It”
The 1960s Come to Life on Broadway
Hector Berlioz
Give Our Regards to Broadway
Bruce Springsteen
Unsung Heroes of the Musical Theater

January 1985
SOTM: “He’s So Shy”
The History of Motown
Jerome Kern
The Magnificent Machines of a Magnificent Era
Itzhak Perlman
The Pointer Sisters

February 1985
SOTM: “Penny Lover”
Act II
Amber Waves of Grain
American History in American Song
The Baroque
Country Music Roundup
Georg Frideric Handel
Jimmy Tate: A Personal Interview

March 1985
SOTM: “Come Back and Stay”
Johann Sebastian Bach
Paul McCartney
On the Air with “Dandy” Dan Daniel
Radio City Music Hall
Reggae Music
Super Whistle

April 1985
SOTM: “Missing You”
Computers in Music
From Cylinders to Lasers
From the Microphone to the Turntable
Sergei Rachmaninoff
Lionel Richie

May 1985
SOTM: “Yellow Submarine”
Johannes Brahms
Classics Invade the Media
Composing a Commercial Jingle
The Kazoo
Cyndi Lauper
The Man with the Golden Flute
Music of the 20th Century