The Gateways Inn Presents: America’s Musical Greats with Martin Bookspan, Harvey Granat and Jeremy Yudkin

America's Musical GreatsHere at the Gateways Inn, we’re deeply connected to music and the influence that it has on our culture. From the grand concerts at Tanglewood to the live performances in our Lounge, we know the importance of musical expression in American life. To celebrate this love, we’re presenting a series of lectures on the subject of America’s Musical Greats featuring speakers Martin Bookspan, Harvey Granat, and Jeremy Yudkin. Starting in July, this series promises to be both enriching and entertaining.

Lectures begin at 11:30 am.

The schedule for this lunchtime series is as follows:


Sunday, July 13th | Harvey Granat: Musical Greats – George Gershwin

Wednesday, July 16th | Martin Bookspan: “I Was There”: Stories from 60 Years in the Broadcast Booth

Sunday, July 20th | Harvey Granat: Musical Greats – Cole Porter

Sunday, July 27th | Harvey Granat: Musical Greats – Richard Rogers

Wednesday, July 30th | Martin Bookspan: “My All Star Team: Koussevitzky, Horowitz, Perlman & More…”

Sunday, August 3rd | Harvey Granat: Musical Greats – Irving Berlin

Wednesday, August 6th | Jeremy Yudkin: “There’s a Place: How the Music of the Beatles Has Earned its Place in the Enduring History of Popular Song”

Wednesday, August 13th | Martin Bookspan: “My Friends, Aaron Copland & Leonard Bernstein”

Wednesday, August 20th | Jeremy Yudkin: “Beauty Beyond Words: The Genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart”

Wednesday, August 27th | Jeremy Yudkin: “I Shall Hear in Heaven: Beethoven’s Impact on Two Hundred Years of Classical Music”


Here is a bit of background on our illustrious speakers:

JEREMY YUDKIN is renowned as one of the most appealing and informative lecturers on music. He is Professor of Music at Boston University, where he has taught for over thirty
years. Since 1983 he has lectured every summer in the Berkshires about the music of the Tanglewood season. He is an expert on a wide range of music, including classical music, popular music, and jazz and is the author of eight books and countless articles on medieval music, Beethoven, jazz, the Beatles, and other genres of music. Listeners have described him as “vastly informative and entertaining” and “simultaneously thoughtful and fun.”


HARVEY GRANAT  has taught the history of the American song in programs at LIU/CW Post College, Hofstra University and is currently doing a series at the 92nd St. Y in New York city. He produced Academy award winning lyricist Sammy Cahn on Broadway in words and music and at Cahn’s invitation, served on the Board of Songwriters Hall of Fame. He will sing and relate the stories behind the songs along with highlights of the composer’s lives. Granat has appeared in numerous clubs and resorts including Feinstein’s at the Regency, Birdland, Mandarin Oriental and over 150 shows at Canyon Ranch in Lenox and Tucson.


MARTIN BOOKSPAN has been Commentator for nationwide radio and television broadcasts of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic.
For 30 years he served as Commentator for the PBS series “Live From Lincoln Center”. A native Bostonian, he has maintained a summer residence in Stockbridge since 1983 and serves as moderator for the Friday evening series “This Week at Tanglewood”. Author of many articles on music and dozens of liner notes for recordings, he has also written four books including “101 Masterpieces of Music and their Composers”. He is the only broadcaster to have been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. In a distinguished career of over 60 years, Martin Bookspan is known as “The Voice of Classical Music”.


All shows will be limited in seating; first come first to sit. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Price does not include lunch, which will be served immediately following the presentations.


If you’re planning on coming for to hear one of the talks on America’s Musical Greats, why not make it into a mini vacation? Hear the lecture, dine at the Gateways, take in some live music at the Lounge, and retire to one of our beautiful guest rooms. It’s the perfect getaway for any music lover!



Photo courtesy rjasso.