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OWLS School: The American Musical | October 3 & 10

Posted on August 07, 2017 in In The News

For over a century, the American Musicals have played a significant part of popular music and culture in the United States, whether influencing various styles and genres of music or taking a social or political platform. This course, entitled “The American Popular Musicals and Their Effect On Pop Culture,” highlights the great American composers such as George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and many others.

Many songs originally featured in musical theatre have become what we call today “standards,” and have their place in the "Great American Songbook,” meaning that the “show-tunes” of yesterday are now classics. Dave Powers provides a historical perspective featuring classic recorded works and live performances. 

If you would like to sign up for this course or want to see the full OWLS schedule, visit the OWLS page.

About Dave Powers

For over 37 years, two-time EMMY® Award winning composer and performer Dave Powers has been a vital part of the Columbus, Ohio music scene as a pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, entertainer, and educator. Dave has traveled and performed nationally and internationally. Dave is a consultant and a frequent guest of the Public Television Show “The Piano Guy” and has taught a series of master classes with “Piano Guy” host Scott Houston. Dave is also an adjunct faculty member of The Ohio State University School of Music. Considered one of the most successful musicians in the Midwest, Dave manages to win over the hearts of all who hear him perform. From concerts to clubs and restaurants to corporate events and private parties, his vast repertoire is as diverse as the audience that he entertains. Dave has performed with noted performers such as Steve Allen, George Benson, Rusty Bryant, Richie Cole, Buddy DeFranco, Mark Farner (of Grand Funk Railroad), Eric Gale, Terry Gibbs, Ernie Krivda, Wilbert Longmire, Johnny Lytle, ‘Blue’ Lou Marini (of the Blues Brothers), Joan Rivers, Arturo Sandoval, Byron Stripling, Grover Washington, Jr. and many others. In addition, Dave is associated with the Jazz Arts Group of Columbus, and performs with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra. For the past six years, Dave has been hosting a jazz concert series at the Clintonville Woman’s Club called “The House Jazz Concert Series.” Dave’s performance schedule and CD’s are available online at, iTunes, CD and (keyword: Dave Powers).