Join Jodi Maile Kirk (Director of Active Learning) and Heather Meeker (Executive Director) from The Musical Theater Project to examine issues of social justice through musical theater.
The intersection of Jewish and popular music culture has been an exceedingly rich and productive encounter. Is it Jewish? Is it American? Can we claim the voices of such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Carole King, and a host of others?
This seminar-style course has limited enrollment to allow small group discussion.
In this course, we will study the remarkable breakthroughs across the arts and sciences in the first several decades of the twentieth century.
This course focuses on the study of select American artists in Europe from the colonial period to the post-1945 era. These artists were offered exposure to the great ateliers, museums, and frescoes overseas. A few of these artists in the twentieth century remained in the US for their professional training, yet they absorbed European sources.
The core repertoire of Verdi and Wagner owes much to the works of their great predecessors. Wagner sought Meyerbeer's influence, emulated him, and later reviled him in his essay, 'Judaism in Music'. His admiration for Halevy's 1835 opera La Juive, (The Jewess) however, was lifelong.