‘Over the Rainbow’ songwriter commemorated in BU’s Piano Series program

For Immediate Release

Date: April 20, 2005

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s piano series concludes its spring 2005 season with a tribute to the songwriter who composed some of the 20th century’s best-known popular music, including “Over the Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon” and “I’ve Got the World on a String.” The concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of songwriter Harold Arlen’s birth is set for Tuesday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in Carver Hall’s Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. The series is presented in conjunction with the university’s Celebrity Artist Series.

BU music department faculty members James Douthit, piano; Wendy Miller, soprano; and Stephen Clickard, trumpet, will join Tony Caramia, professor at Eastman School of Music, to perform some of Arlen’s 400 songs. Their renditions of favorites like “Blues in the Night,” “Let’s Fall in Love,” “Get Happy,” “Stormy Weather,” “Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea” and “If I Only Had a Brain” will accompany a program highlighting Arlen’s life in photographs and film clips.

“I have the great fortune of a personal contact with his granddaughter, Sharon Marotta, who helped secure rare photographs, film clips with Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Mel Torme and a wealth of family perspectives,” Caramia said.

Tickets, at $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults, can be obtained through the Haas Center for the Arts box office at (570) 389-4409. The box office is open Monday through Friday noon to 4 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m. on performance dates.


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 17 master’s and one doctoral degree.