Performing Arts: Songs of World War I

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

21st-century vaudeville singer Cecelia Otto commemorates the 2017 centennial anniversary of America’s entry into World War I with a concert of songs from the era, performed in her proven crowd-pleasing style, Wednesday, November 8, 1-2pm.

Portland-area singer and composer Cecelia “Cece” Otto has embarked on her newest project: recreating the music that entertained America as it went to war. Otto is commemorating the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I with an album of standards (titled An American Songline: Songs of World War I) popular in the mid-teens, now available on CD or as a digital download.

In addition to releasing an album, Otto is setting out on a concert tour aimed to help modern-day audiences remember a time before television and computers, when Americans largely entertained themselves and when popular songs played a vital part in communicating their longings, hopes and dreams. An American Songline is an ongoing project dedicated to preserving and sharing the story of America through unique, experiential musical performances. American Songline performances entertain, educate and delight thanks to Cece’s unique ability to engage modern audiences with the songs and stories of a simpler time.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library and admission is free. The Lake Oswego Public Library is located at 706 4th Street, Lake Oswego. For more information, contact Fawn Dabrowiak at 503-675-3995