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Lara Downes

But Beautiful: Billie Holiday Remembered
Lara Downes
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 8:00pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 2:00pm

Question and Answer Session
Vanderhoef Studio Theatre

Frank Sinatra called Billie Holiday his single greatest musical influence—and he wasn’t alone; no less than Sarah Vaughan, Anita O’Day and Dinah Washington, and countless others, claim “Lady Day” as a formative influence. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the jazz icon’s birth (April 7, 1915), pianist Lara Downes remembers Holiday with solo transcriptions of songs Lady Day made famous, including “God Bless the Child,” “I Cover the Waterfront,” “Strange Fruit,” “Solitude” and “But Beautiful.” Solo piano transcriptions by Jed Distler.

Supported by a generous grant from
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation


Event Info

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 8:00pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 2:00pm