With a career spanning more than 60 years, Richard Rodgers (1902-79) was, at one time, the most popular composer of American musical theater. But how did some of the most beautiful melodies of the 20th century come from a man often described as depressive and remote? Rodgers considered himself a composer and not a songwriter, yet his collaborations with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II live on through generations of popular entertainers.

Jane Ellen is the consummate storyteller with eclectic interests, specializing in music and entertainment history. She is an award-winning composer and recording artist who shares her passion for music, history, and spirituality with Albuquerque audiences. With a catalogue of more than 60 published works and numerous choral and chamber commissions, her music has been performed internationally.