In conjunction with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum’s year-long centennial celebration of the 35th President of the United States, Los Angeles-based folk singer and music historian Ross Altman will present “Ask Not: JFK 100” on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 2:00 p.m., at the Allendale Branch Library, 1130 S. Marengo Ave., Pasadena. The program will feature songs from 1941 to 1963 that provide the history and background of JFK’s presidency and service during World War II. Light refreshments will be served.
In his current column for www.folkworks.org, Ross Altman writes that the purpose of the JFK program “is to highlight the folk music and artists who were similarly inspired by his life and legacy, from his role in World War II – where he served in the US Navy – to his 1,000 days in ofﬁce as President, which overlapped with some of the singular events of the 20th Century, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Cold War, the Test Ban Treaty, and the March on Washington, the civil rights movement at its most noble, passionate and proud.”
Included in the program will be the music of Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Phil Ochs, Billie Holiday, Lead Belly, and Pete Seeger; songs by Ross Altman; and poems by Robert Frost, Galway Kinnell, and Eric Andersen. Join Ross Altman and the Allendale Branch Library for a moving, reﬂective, and entertaining look back on the president who inspired a generation with seventeen words: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
Ross Altman has a MA in Speech from UC Santa Barbara and a Ph.D. in English from SUNY Binghamton. He left the classroom for the stage only to turn the stage into a classroom. President of the Santa Monica Traditional Folk Music Club, Altman writes for www.folkworks.org. A member of Local 47 (AFM), he sings for libraries, unions, churches, schools, and political groups, as well at folk clubs and folk festivals.
For additional information, please contact the Allendale Branch Library by phone at (626) 744-7260; visit the Allendale Branch Facebook page at facebook.com/allendalebranch; or visit pasadenapubliclibrary.net.