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Themed Concerts

As a Teaching Artist, I offer educational Themed Concerts: live music performance with a discussion of the historical and cultural significance of the music. Pergola at South Hadley LibraryEach Themed Concert explores a topic through a selection of classic 20th Century American popular song -- the canon of works also known as the Great American Songbook. I lift my voice in song and lively storytelling, based on a social or historical theme. More informative than a concert, more entertaining than a lecture, the program appeals to a multi-generational audience, sparking the imagination of youth and seniors alike.

Huge stage presence. The crowd loved it. Two weeks later I am still hearing people comment about Sarah's presentation.”  – Desi Smelcer, South Hadley Public Library  

I have brought Themed Concerts to libraries, senior centers, historical sites, museums and house concerts, often highlighting the venue's history or collection of musical materials including books (biography, social history, history of music, art), CDs, DVDs, and printed music. Many programs have been funded by Local Cultural Council grants.

Conway Public LibraryWe enjoyed your concert! Your singing was very enjoyable.” – James Dowell, Lathrop Communities, Easthampton

Sample Themed Concerts

• Moon & Stars: songs of Celestial Bodies

• Isn't It a Lovely Day?: songs about the weather

• Weird Love Songs: not the typical mushy stuff, because love is complicated!

• American Song Composers, the Royalty: Berlin, Gershwin, Ellington

• Let's Face the Music and Dance: songs about dancing and dancers; reflecting dance as a metaphor for life

• Queens of American Song: Women who wrote & performed classic songs  Sarah singing, eyes closed, hair plaited

• I'll Be Seeing You: songs of love & perseverance in the WWII era

Let's bring a Themed Concert to your audience. 

Contact Sarah today!


How to reach Sarah

413-586-9564 (studio)

413-687-3228 (cell/text)

"sarah" at "" (email)

Or click the Get More Info button above.


  • June 25, 2018
    Greenfield Public Library, Greenfield, MA
  • July 14, 2018
    1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem, New Salem, MA
  • July 22, 2018
    Villa Napoletana, East Longmeadow, MA

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