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Cole Porter Piano Series
Cartoonist: Mort Gerberg
Fri, August 16, 2019 | 6:30 – 7:30 pm | FREE with Pay-as-you-wish Friday Night


We've got a delightful guest at New-York Historical: The 1907 Steinway piano that once belonged to Cole Porter. The American songsmith extraordinaire composed many of his classic tunes on these very ivories, including “Anything Goes,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.” We're thrilled to be hosting the piano—nicknamed High Society—while its usual home, the legendary Waldorf Astoria New York, undergoes renovations.

Join us to hear the recently-restored piano in action as you peruse our Robert H. and Clarice Smith New York Gallery of American History with a selection of Great American Songbook classics played by renowned New Yorker cartoonist Mort Gerberg. Following this casual music hour, there will be a book signing in our NYHistory Store, where copies of Mr. Gerberg's book Mort Gerberg on the Scene will be available for purchase.

Seating in the gallery is limited to 40 guests, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Standing is welcome.

Mort Gerberg is a cartoonist and author best known for his magazine cartoons in the New Yorker.  He has also drawn several nationally-syndicated newspaper comic strips and written, edited, and/or illustrated 45 books for adults and children, including the new "Mort Gerberg on the Scene," a companion book to his 50-year retrospective presented at the New-York Historical Society this past spring.


Access to the Cole Porter Piano Series is included with Museum Admission during New-York Historical’s Pay-as-you-wish Friday Nights (6–8 pm). No advance reservations.


Smith Gallery at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024

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