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Traveling Exhibition at LIU Post Celebrates Great Jewish Songwriters

Series of exhibitions and lectures examines American popular music from 1910-1965

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A Fine Romance - Jewish Songwriters American Songs 1910-1965Brookville, N.Y. – The B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library at LIU Post in Brookville, N.Y. will hold an exhibition highlighting the contributions of iconic Jewish songwriters such as Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern from March 8 to April 12. The traveling exhibition, "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965," sponsored by the American Library Association, focuses on Jewish artists and their impact on American music and culture. The exhibit and associated events at LIU Post (formerly known as the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University) are free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on view at the Hutchins Gallery in the Library from Tuesday – Saturday, 2 to 5 p.m.; other times by appointment.

Illustrated with colorful posters from Broadway shows and photographs of composers, singers and the casts of hit musicals and films, the exhibit highlights the lives and works of Jewish songwriters who wove the American songbook deep into the fabric of American culture.

"We are thrilled that this exhibit is coming to the B. Davis Schwartz Memorial Library," said Manju Prasad-Rao, head of the Instructional Media Center and project director. "This is a fascinating period of American popular music history." 

The exhibit will be complemented with a variety of events on campus for students, staff and the public, including a lecture by David Lehman, the curator of exhibit and author of "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs," as well as original movie posters from the Special Collections of the library and a series of art pieces created by Dan Christoffel, artist-in-residence at LIU Post.

Other presentations include a look at the era of Tin Pan Alley and its durable hit songs, publishers and lyricists, as well as a lecture on Rodgers and Hammerstein that will examine the historical context and the social significance of their shows. "Social Satire from Vaudeville Musical Revues to Broadway and Hollywood: The Marx Brothers and their Musical Collaborators" will discuss the songs from these Broadway shows and their subsequent films as social critique through satire, and how these songs challenged the values and ideals of a burgeoning middle-class America from stage to screen.

"Riding the Rainbow/Writing the Rainbow: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg," will feature a lecture by Michael Lasser, a writer, broadcaster, critic and teacher who was once called, "...a walking encyclopedia of...American song," and performances by Professors Richard Iacona and Madeline Kole. In addition, The Long Island Composers Alliance will present "Songs by Long Island Jewish Composers," featuring a series of works by a variety of composers, including three works specially written for this performance. The closing lecture and performance "Laughter and Lament: The Jewish Spirit in Music" is by master pianist David Holzman.

The event schedule is as follows:

Thursday, March 8, 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m., Hutchins Gallery, Library, LIU Post
Opening Ceremony
Valeda Dent, Dean of University Libraries
Exhibit talk
Dan Christoffel, artist-in-residence at LIU Post, and Conrad Schoeffling, Special Collections librarian and associate professor at LIU Post
Music by Richard Iacona, professor of theory studies and piano studies at LIU Post, T.K. Blue, professor of jazz studies at LIU Post and LIU Post music students
Supported by John P. McGrath Fund

Friday, March 9, 12:15 p.m., Port Washington Public Library
"Ethnic Musicals: Assimilation and Integration."
Lecture by Marc Courtade, business manager at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and adjunct professor of arts management at LIU Post
Sponsored by the Port Washington Public Library with the support of the New York Council for the Humanities

Thursday, March 22, 12:30 p.m., Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, LIU Post
"Irving Berlin -- His Music in Film"
Lecture and presentation by John Koshel, associate professor of theatre and film at LIU Post Music by Professor Richard Iacona and LIU Post music students
Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities

Tuesday, March 27, 12:30 p.m., Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, LIU Post
"Rogers and Hammerstein Era: Reinventing Musical Theater"
Lecture and presentation by Marc Courtade, business manager at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts and adjunct professor of arts management at LIU Post
Music by Professor Richard Iacona and LIU Post music students
Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities

Wednesday, March 28, 12:30 p.m., Hutchins Gallery, Library, LIU Post
"The Influence of Jewish Songwriters on the Speaker's Own Poetry"
Lecture and presentation by David Lehman, curator of exhibit
Sponsored by the Poetry Center, Poets and Writers, Inc., John P. McGrath Fund, and the Merit Fellowship of LIU Post

Sunday, April 1, 3 p.m. - 5 p.m., Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, LIU Post
"Songs by Long Island Jewish Composers"
Program by Long Island Composers Alliance
Helene Williams, Leonard Lehrman and other soloists will perform works by Ralph Alan Dale (founder of LIU Post's music department), Herbert A. Deutsch, Leonard Lehrman, Jane Leslie, Julie Mandel, Joel Mandelbaum, Steven L. Rosenhaus, Herbert Rothgarber, Avraham Sternklar and Albert Tepper.
Co-Sponsors: Long Island University, Maldeb Foundation, LICA, NYSCA Decentralization, Huntington Arts Council, Professor Edgar H. Lehrman Memorial Foundation and the Russian American Cultural Heritage Center

Tuesday, April 3, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, LIU Post
"Riding the Rainbow/Writing the Rainbow: The Lyrics of Yip Harburg"
Lecture by Michael Lasser
Music by Professor Richard Iacona and vocalist Madeline Kole
Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities, and The Yip Harburg Foundation

Wednesday, April 4, 12:30 p.m., Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, LIU Post
"Tin Pan Alley: Composers, Lyricists and Publishers"
Lecture and presentation by David Jasen, professor of media arts at LIU Post Music by Professor Richard Iacona and LIU Post music students
Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities

Monday, April 9, 12:30 p.m., Hillwood Commons Lecture Hall, LIU Post
"Social Satire from Vaudeville Music Revues to Broadway and Hollywood: The Marx Brothers and their Musical Collaborators"
Speaker: Professor Rick DesRochers
Lecture and presentation by Rick Des Rochers, assistant professor of theatre at LIU Post
Music by Professor Richard Iacona and LIU Post music students
Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities

April 12, 12:30 p.m., Hutchins Gallery, Library, LIU Post
Closing Ceremony
"Laughter and Lament: The Jewish Spirit in Music"
Lecture and presentation by David Holzman, master pianist and professor of piano at LIU Post Moderated by Dr. Paul Forestell, provost, LIU Post
Supported by a grant from the New York Council for the Humanities

"A Fine Romance" is visiting 55 sites throughout the U.S. in 2011-2012. It was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office.  The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, an anonymous donor, and Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.

Partners in presenting the exhibit and events include The Port Washington Public Library, Temple Sinai of Roslyn, Long Island Composers Alliance, Hutton House Lectures, Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Hillwood Art Museum, LIU Post Library Association, LIU Post Honors Program, the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Post Parent and Family Connection, Phi Delta Kappa Chapter 1524, S.C.A.L.E. Program and the LIU Post Department of Music.

LIU Post is located at 720 Northern Boulevard in Brookville, N.Y.

For reservations please contact the LIU Post Instructional Media Center at (516) 299-2895 or Manju Prasad-Rao at (516) 299-2868.

Posted 02/13/2012

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