About The Cole Porter Society
Cole Porter is an American Treasure. Born in Peru, Indiana in 1891 of a well-to-do family, he displayed an unusual interest in music and verse. It is said that he inherited his mother’s musicality and his father’s love of poetry. Cole wrote over 800 songs in his lifetime, including “What is This Thing Called Love,” “Night and Day,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and “Begin the Beguine.” The recent uncovering of a lost collection of his songs including “The Ambassador Revue” brought news coverage in all the major newspapers across the country.
Any yet. When we look out at the audience for his concerts, we do not often see the younger generation. Indeed, even the students we speak to who are enrolled in music programs often do not know of Cole Porter.
We must not lose this important connection to our musical past. The Cole Porter Society launched in January 2014 with the mission to ensure future generations know and appreciate the music and unique contribution of Cole Porter to The Great American Songbook.
What we have accomplished since January 2014
- 8 sold out performances with profits donated back to the Society programs to bring music into schools.
- 4 private concerts in the homes of passionate Cole Porter devotees who wish to enjoy and to pass on his music to younger generations.
- 12 presentations to schools with an average attendance of 125 kids for a total exposure of 1500 of possible new fans of Cole Porter along with deeper understanding of our musical legacy.
- Invitation from the Mill Valley Film Festival to submit our documentary on the importance of music in our lives, our musical heritage and the works of one of the finest composers of the 20th century.
- A two hour interview on Sirius XM Radio on Cole Porter, nationally broadcasted during the Cole Porter Festival in Peru, Indiana where Noah Griffin and The Cole Porter Society performed at 3 different venues as the houseguest of the Cole Porter family.
Noah Griffin with Christina Perozzi
An Evening of Cole Porter The Barn Theater
at the Marin Art & Garden Center/Ross, CA
Our objective is to build the audience of those who appreciate Cole Porter to partner with us to keep his legacy and music alive and to bring his music to younger audiences through concerts and lectures.
Our funding comes from proceeds from performances and private donors. For more information, contact:
Noah Griffin Founder/Artistic Director
The Cole Porter Society Opera Plaza
601 Van Ness Ave. Ste. E428
San Francisco, CA. 94102
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