The Chandler Museum in partnership with the Chandler Public Library and the Chandler Historical Society present the Our Stories Speaker Series. To kick off the series, the library is hosting three special programs in September and October focusing on the shared history we all have through music. 

“Music and Shared Memory, explores how music is a part of our shared history with times in our lives brought to life when we hear a song,” says Jody Crago, Chandler Museum Administrator. “Like an object, music has the power to trigger memories buried deep within us, reminding us of a summer love, a special place, an instance of growth and discovery.” 

Featuring music historians, authors and musicians as speakers/presenters, the series will delve into some of the most well-known music and songs in American history, as well as songs that aren’t as well known, from singers we all recognize. The music topics discussed will include country western, the Beatles and big band.

The series kicks off September 17, 10:30 a.m., at the Chandler Sunset Library, located at 4930 W. Ray Rd., with, From Liverpool to Abbey Road. Music historian Vincent Bruno will discuss the music of the Beatles and how they helped influence society and music.  

On Saturday, October 22, 10:30 a.m., at the Chandler Sunset Library, Ghost Riders in the Sky: The Story of Stan Jones will explore the life and creative legacy of Arizona native and western song writer Stan Jones. Attendees will learn about his songs including the inspiration behind “Ghost Riders in the Sky.” Speakers include author Michael Ward and musician Keeter Stuart. Stuart, who is the great nephew of Stan Jones, will perform some of his uncle’s music.

The final talk is on Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m., at the Chandler Basha Library, located at 5990 S. Val Vista Dr., with, Swing into History. Attendees will get the chance to learn about popular big band music and musicians such as, Ella Fitzgerald and Glenn Miller. Music historian Erik Larson will also play big band hits from his personal collection of recordings.

From Liverpool to Abbey Road and Swing into History are made possible by Arizona Humanities.

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