A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters,
American Songs, 1910-1965
A traveling exhibit about the contributions of iconic Jewish songwriters such as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein.
This colorful exhibit celebrates American popular song during the period 1910 - 1965. The best musical artists of the time combined a genius for melody, a talent for pairing melody with the perfect words, and an ability to connect with a wide audience. A remarkably high percentage of them were Jewish, from families that had immigrated to America in the 1800s or fled pogroms and persecution in Europe at the turn of the century. "A Fine Romance" tells their story, using lively and striking images from Broadway musicals, classic films, posters, and personal collections.
Local supporters include the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, Temple B’nai Israel, the Jewish Foundation of Oklahoma City, Friends of the RSC Library, and several anonymous donors. "A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965" 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 grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.
The Fantastic Four Piano Ladies will be featured in the Musical Revue on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 pm and the concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 2 pm in the Atkinson Theatre. Here's a sample of "I Love a Piano" by Irving Berlin.
Pictured above, courtesy of Photofest:
- Poster from Oklahoma!
- The composers and leading ladies of South Pacific
- Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart