How do different generations and ethnicities recognize music?

Your grandchildren may not have heard of Frank Sinatra, and you probably don’t listen to Macklemore – yet nearly everyone recognizes “Over the Rainbow.”

Sociologist Tony Waters will discuss how musical recognition varies across generations, cultures and nations in a free talk on Wednesday, Feb. 4, in Grass Valley. He will briefly survey people’s familiarity with popular songs, discuss the effects on listeners of radio, television and other sound media, then explain the relationship between the production and consumption of popular music.

Waters promises “an interesting, foot-tapping time.”

His talk is free, open to all and hosted by the Contemporary Issues Study Group from 9:15 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Peace Lutheran Church, 828 W. Main St., Grass Valley (near downtown). Coffee and baked goods will be served at 9 a.m.