Nobody Does it Better: Jewish Musicians Who Influenced Pop Culture

Fairfield University

Orin Grossman is renowned internationally for his knowledge of music. He lectures and performs concerts throughout the US and Europe, taught Performing Arts for many years at Fairfield University, and has served as the University’s Academic Vice President. Professor Grossman has been particularly associated with the music of George Gershwin, performing concerts of his song transcriptions and classical pieces to critical praise around the world, including performances in Cairo and New York. Professor Grossman was also chosen to play for the New York City Mayor’s Awards of Honor for Arts and Culture.




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.



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