“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (With Anyone Else But Me),” “You’ll Never
Know,” “I’ll Walk Alone,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Yours,”
“Chatanooga Choo Choo,” “Bei Mir Bistu Shein,” “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,”
“Besame Mucho,” “I’ll Be Seeing You”— these are just some of the many incomparable
love songs exceptionally popular during World War II. Why were they so popular? Who
wrote, played, and sang them? Who danced and “romanced” to them? What made them
unforgettable both on the fighting and home front? This one woman concert/lecture
delves into it all and in the process reveals how the “Spirit” of the time was uplifted by
these songs . . . to hope for a time of peace and an end to a terrible and frightening war.
Dr. Cypkin, an Award-Winning Professor of Communications, has for many
years published studies on the words that moved us during the war—words in speeches,
at rallies, of songs. This program then is a unique fruition to some of her work. For here
she can personally explain the story behind the songs and, in her expressive lyric soprano,
perform them as well! In sum, “While You’re Away: Love Songs of World War II” is
not just a concert, but a wonderful educational experience, chock-full of superb melodies!