January 3, 2008 – Linda Russell

January 3, 2008

  • Social interaction
  • Discussion of current issues and events
  • And a lively conversation with our featured speaker

Linda Russell
who will talk and perform

Patriotic and Political Anthems

Linda Russell, balladeer, will sing and tell the stories behind our patriotic and political anthems, featuring the 1800s. Among the political campaign songs will be Tippecanoe and Tyler, Too and You?re Alright, Teddy.

Russell’s appearances include radio, stage and historic sites throughout the United States. Mixing music with history comes naturally to her. She grew up in the Wisconsin countryside where she went to a one-room school.

Her mom was a church organist and her dad the local historian. On family vacations, the Russells followed a trail of history, visiting Civil War battlefields, pioneer villages and waterways of voyageurs. History was tangible on these journeys and Linda was captivated.

Singing came easily to Linda, and she credits her mother with instilling in her the pure joy of singing and passion she feels for all types of music.

Linda played music all through college at the University of Wisconsin/Eau Claire. It was also at college, that she discovered her love of theater and performed many great roles.

She was Katherine in The Lion in Winter, Blanche in A Streetcar Named Desire and Aldonza in Man of La Mancha.

This love of the stage led the once shy country girl, suitcase in hand, to New York City where she enrolled in The American Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Linda began her professional career by performing as a balladeer at Federal Hall National Memorial. For 16 years, Linda brought the 18th century vividly to life for countless visitors to the site of George Washington?s inauguration on Wall Street.

In 1985, Linda launched her touring career with her first album, “The Good Old Colony Days.” Seven more recordings followed, including “Sing We All Merrily — A Colonial Christmas.”

She sings and plays ballads, broadsides, love songs, marches and dance tunes of early America at national, state and local historical sites, as well as schools, community centers, churches, nursing homes, and folk festivals.

Linda’s repertoire spans 200 years of American song. She specializes in presenting programs of songs specific to many eras in our country’s past. Playing guitar, hammered and mountain dulcimers, penny whistle and limberjack, she appears either as a solo performer or with her ensemble, Linda Russell and Companie.

Linda last performed at Junto in October 2006.

  • We gather at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month and begin our organized meeting around 7:30.
  • The featured speaker is normally introduced at about 8. The meeting continues until about 10.
  • Please note: Junto is not the usual sort of meeting with a long speech followed by Q & A. Invited speakers give a short presentation, and then are challenged to defend their assertions. Discussions are intense, but polite.

Location:
General Society Library
20 West 44th St.
Between 5th & 6th avenues, near Grand Central Terminal

Subway: 4, 5, 6, 7 to Grand Central – 42nd St.,
B, D, F, V to 42nd St. – Sixth Ave., or
1, 2, 3, 9, N, Q, R, S, or W to Times Square – 42nd St.

Admission is free, and no reservation is necessary.

Junto focuses on libertarianism, Objectivism — the philosophy of Ayn Rand — and investing.

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