Oral History of American Music
By Song of America
Last night, the Oral History of American Music (OHAM) celebrated its 40th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall with a tribute to director Vivian Perlis. The concert included works by Charles Ives, Aaron Copland, Steve Reich, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Jacob Druckman, John Cage, and some of the jazz greats. Live performances from current Yale School of Music students as well as alumni were interspersed with video footage (from the OHAM archives) of the composers discussing their works and, in John Cage’s case, searching for mushrooms.