Wadsworth's arrangement of "If I Only Had a Brain" by Harold Arlen


performed at Staunton Music Festival

August 14, 2017

Trinity Episcopal Church, Staunton, VA


Graham Garlington, voice

Zachary Wadsworth, piano


Video by Stewart Searle





About the Music

Born and raised in New York, Harold Arlen (1905-1986) worked in Vaudeville and Broadway, and throughout the 1930s he honed his craft by writing shows for Harlem’s Cotton Club.  Gradually his career shifted toward the West Coast, where he spent increasing time writing for Hollywood films.  Already quietly successful, his real breakthrough came in 1938 when MGM contracted him to write songs for a new project, The Wizard of Oz.  Arlen’s most notable songs from that film include “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “If I Only Had a Brain” heard in this performance by vocalist Graham Garlington.



Graham Garlington graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in May of 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music, Theatre, and Film. An aspiring experimental musical theatre composer and performer, Graham continues working on his musical, Elsewhere which has a reading, followed by a workshop production mounted at Sarah Lawrence. With a background in jazz, blues, and classical repertoires, he hopes to form a band as well as continue performing and working with the Staunton Music Festival.  His rendition of Harold Arlen's "If I Only Had a Brain" was an audience favorite at the 2017 Festival, and he subsequently performed songs by Henry Mancini and Cole Porter as well as a new theater piece by Wadsworth.



Zachary Wadsworth is a composer of “fresh, deeply felt and strikingly original” music (Washington Post), with regular performances and premieres around the world. Previously he has held a residency at the Metropolitan Opera, and his music has been performed at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II. Other honors include awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP, and the American Composers Forum. Wadsworth’s music is published by Novello and Schirmer, and his work has been heard on NPR and the BBC. Wadsworth earned degrees from Eastman, Yale, and Cornell, and he is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at Williams College in Massachusetts.




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