Program Details

A Video From the OLLI Archives: Harry Warren and Henry Mancini: Two of Hollywood's Most Successful Composers

Harvey Granat
Video Catch-up

Course Description

OLLI breaks into their Archives to bring you one of their most popular video documentaries! Harry Warren wrote more film songs than any other composer and won three Academy Awards along the way. His songs have been featured in more than 300 films and include “Lullaby of Broadway”, “You'll Never Know”, and “At Last”. Henry Mancini won four Oscars, a Golden Globe, and 20 Grammy Awards for his unforgettable film and TV work. His award-winning songs include “Moon River”, “Charade”, and “Days of Wine and Roses”, to name a few. Both composers were raised by Italian immigrant parents and rose from poverty to become two of America's most successful songwriters. Harvey Granat will perform, lecture, and show rare videos of these greats of the entertainment world which will give the audience a further appreciation of these two national treasures. PRE-RECORDED PRESENTATION - NO INSTRUCTOR PRESENT.

About the Instructor

  • Harvey Granat leads an exciting life as a performer and music historian. He performs at various supper clubs, resorts, and other cultural venues, including Lincoln Center, Norton Museum, Feinstein's at the Regency, Metropolitan Room, Birdland, and Canyon Ranch, where he has performed more than 300 shows. He presents a very popular series on “The American Songbook” at The 92nd St Y in NYC, now in its 9th year. His shows are unique in that they focus on a composer or lyricist, combining the performance of their songs with fascinating inside stories from their lives. Granat produced four-time Academy Award winner Sammy Cahn on Broadway in the very successful “Words and Music”. His friendship with Cahn led to his serving on the Board of The Songwriters Hall of Fame with Cahn. He is a major collector of original letters and manuscripts of some of the greats and there is a "Harvey Granat George and Ira Gershwin Collection" at The Library of Congress