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NYPL’s “Take Me Out To The Ball Game”
Posted: October 7th, 2008

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of baseball theme songs, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts presents a tribute to the sport and the musicians who love it, organized around the lyrics — beginning with a history of the song and its creators. “Take me out with the crowd” focuses on composers who were fans and wrote about the game, among them Charles Ives and William Schuman. “Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack” looks at baseball and promotion via vaudeville and the musical stage, as well as trading cards. “Root for the Home Team” features baseball musicians, among them Jane Jarvis, long-time organist for the New York Mets, and vocalists of the national anthem. The exhibition is based on New York Public Library collections, but includes unique items from the private collection of Andy Strasberg.

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SundayArts is made possible in part by First Republic Bank and by the Rubin Museum of Art. Funding for SundayArts is also made possible by Rosalind P. Walter, The Paul and Irma Milstein Foundation, The Philip & Janice Levin Foundation, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jody and John Arnhold, and The Lemberg Foundation. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding provided by members of THIRTEEN.
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