A new exhibit, called “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965,” opened on March 8th in the Hutchins Gallery of the B. Davis Schwartz Library at LIU Post. This very unique exhibit focuses on Jewish artists and their impacts on American music and culture. The exhibit is illustrated with colorful posters from Broadway shows and photographs of composers, singers, and the casts of hit musicals and films. “A Fine Romance” has begun to visit and will continue to visit 55 sites throughout the U.S. between 2011 and 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.
A concert connected to this exhibit, called “Songs by Long Island Jewish Composers,” was held on April 1st in The Hillwood Lecture Hall at 3 p.m. Composers who performed included Helene Williams, Leonard Lehrman and other soloists. The concert event was co-sponsored by LIU.
The closing ceremony, “Laughter and Lament: The Jewish Spirit in Music,” a lecture and presentation by David Holzman, master pianist and professor of piano at LIU Post, will be held on April 12th at 12:30 p.m. in the Hutchins Gallery. The exhibit and associated events are free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on view at the Hutchins Gallery in the Library on Tuesdays – Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. through April 12th. Other times are available by appointment only. For reservations, please contact the LIU Post Instructional Media Center at (516) 299-2895 or Manju Prasad-Rao at (516) 299-2868.