TROY to host free lecture Thursday in conjunction with 'A Fine Romance' exhibit

Posted: Monday, 25 July 2011

DOTHAN—Troy University will host a lecture on the work of German-Jewish composer Kurt Weill on Thursday, July 28, in conjunction with the exhibit "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs" currently on display at the Dothan Campus.

The lecture will start at 7 p.m. inside the Sony Hall auditorium located in the Library/Technology Building. Admission is free and open to the public.

"From Berlin to Broadway: A Musical Voyage with Kurt Weill," presented by Auburn University professor Dr. Thomas Nadar, will discuss the life and career of Weill and his influence on the music composers of Hollywood's Golden Era. Weill was a leading composer for the stage in the 1920s best known for his collaborations with Bertolt Brecht.

The lecture is sponsored by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

The American Library Association traveling exhibit "A Fine Romance" is on display at the TROY Dothan Campus library through Aug. 26. It 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.

The exhibit is offered through a partnership between TROY, the Temple Emanu-El and the Houston-Love Memorial Library.

For more information about the exhibit or upcoming events, contact library director Christopher Shaffer at 34-983-65563, ext. 1320, or

"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.