Lecture by Curator Céline Widmer
March 22, 2016 at 2 p.m.
WILLIE ECKSTEIN, ALIAS MR. FINGERS, PRECURSOR OF THE JAZZ MOVEMENT IN THE EARLY 20th CENTURY
The McCord’s Inside Stories
A presentation of readings, images and music by Céline Widmer, Curator, History and Archives, about Montreal pianist and composer Willie Eckstein (1888-1963). A world-famous vaudeville performer, he helped to transform music in Montreal.
Eckstein began his career as a young prodigy and quickly became a legend of ragtime and novelty piano. His personal documents provide insight into the man and an inside look at Montreal’s thriving cabaret scene of the period.
The lectures from the series Tea at the McCord focus on the Museum’s collections and exhibitions. The presentation will be in French followed by a bilingual question period. Tea and biscuits are served.
Location: J. Armand Bombardier Theatre at the McCord Museum
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