Jewish songwriters exhibit "A Fine Romance" coming to Troy University

Posted: Friday, 24 June 2011

DOTHAN—A traveling exhibit highlighting the work of American Jewish songwriters will visit Troy University starting in July.

"A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs" will be on loan to TROY for six weeks through a grant from the American Library Association (ALA) and explores the contributions of iconic Jewish songwriters such as George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to the great "American Songbook" during the period 1910-1965.

TROY is one of only 55 sites nationwide that will host "A Fine Romance" in 2011-2012. The exhibit will be on display at the Dothan Campus inside the Library/Technology Building from July 14 to Aug. 26.

"We are pleased that Troy University was chosen as a site for this exhibit about a fascinating period of American popular music history," said library director Christopher Shaffer. "The many Jewish composers who helped to create the great American Songbook will never be forgotten. Their compositions are a chronicle of American culture and history and their musical genius has made them immortal. We hope the whole community will be able to see the exhibit and attend some of the programs we have planned to celebrate and enjoy their lives and their songs."

Admission to the exhibit will be free and open to the public.

Troy will also offer several events in conjunction with the exhibit, including:

  • July 14: Opening reception in the library at 5 p.m.
  • July 19: Screening of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music" inside the Sony Hall auditorium starting at 7 p.m.
  • July 28: Lecture by Auburn University professor Dr. Thomas Nadar, "From Berlin to Broadway—A Musical Voyage with Kurt Weil," at 7 p.m. inside Sony Hall.
  • Aug. 20: Lecture by Dr. Kenneth Kantor, director of the Rabbinical School for the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, Ohio, "The Jews on Tin Pan Alley," at The Temple Emanu-El in Dothan starting at 7 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public and are offered with the support of a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

The Temple Emanu-El and the Houston-Love Memorial Library partnered with TROY on both the ALA and AHF grants.

"A Fine Romance" 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: A New Read on Jewish Life.

For more information about the exhibit or upcoming events, contact Shaffer at 334-983-6556, ext. 1320, or shafferc@troy.edu.