Eli Oboler Library at Idaho State University will host “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs” traveling exhibit Jan. 11-Feb. 24, 2012.
The colorful new exhibit opening at the Eli Oboler Library at Idaho State University on January 11, 2012 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: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965” tells their story, using lively and striking images from Broadway musicals, classic films, posters, and personal collections.
To celebrate the arrival of this traveling exhibit, an opening event will be held on Friday, January 13, 2012 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm in Idaho State University’s Eli M. Oboler Library. ISU Voice Faculty Dr. Diana Livingston Friedley and Geoffrey Friedley will perform music composed by the Jewish artists highlighted in the display. In addition, they will inform attendees of significant and interesting insights into the history and music. The public is invited and welcome to attend. Parking will be available close to the Library, and refreshments will be offered.
Photo below Geoffrey Friedley
“A Fine Romance” is visiting 55 sites throughout the U.S. in 2011-2012. It was curated by David Lehman and 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. A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs is also a book by David Lehman, published by Nextbook/Schocken.
The Library is sponsoring a number of free programs and other events for the public in connection with the exhibit. In February, Dr. Sherri Dienstfrey will present a Reader’s Theatre related to the exhibit themes. Other community groups may also be participating. Contact 208-282-2997 or visit www.isu.edu/library for more information. “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs” will be on display until February 24, 2012.