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Nobody Does it Better: Jewish Musicians Who Influenced Pop Culture

Orin Grossman – Fairfield University

The Jewish influence on American popular and classical music is immense, and includes composers and lyricists who created the Broadway and Hollywood musical as well as the Great American Songbook. This fascinating and entertaining presentation examines the ways music composed and/or performed by renowned Jewish-Americans influenced our country.

Professor Grossman will discuss many songwriters and composers including George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Bob Dylan, Carly Simon, Carole King, Paul Simon, Barbara Streisand, and many others. We will also come to understand the special attributes of the United States that made this country receptive to these contributions.