Jewish Broadway:  From the Shtetl to Sondheim

L.E.D.* Brunch and Talk

Sunday, December 10, 10:30 am-12:00 pm


With Brandeis Professor Stephen Whitfield and music performed by KS members Stephen Pixley and Rosalie Gerut

RSVP needed by November 30:  dfulman1atgmaildotcom  (dfulman1atgmaildotcom)  

The Jewish dominance of American popular music lasted about half a century, from the First World War until roughly the Vietnam War.  During that period, Jewish immigrants and their progeny played a decisive role in the shaping of musical taste.

From Tin Pan Alley, these songwriters established the Broadway musical and then extended it to the Hollywood musical, installing standards that managed to be immensely popular.  Jewish composers and lyricists cherished their American citizenship, and they also changed America by making it more inclusive.  This is an especially timely story for our country today.

Stephen Whitfield holds the Max Richter Chair in American Civilization at Brandeis University, where he has taught since 1972.  He is the author of eight books on twentieth-century American history and on American Jewish history.  He has also taught abroad–in Jerusalem, Paris, Belgium and Munich.  Professor Whitfield has won a number of teaching awards including the Samuel Proctor Award for Distinguished Scholarship, the Brandeis Student Union Teaching Award, and the Louis Dembitz Brandeis Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

*L.E.D. = LEARN, EXPLORE, DISCUSS – Shed a little light.