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Online Program

Online Lecture: Funny, It Doesn’t Sound Jewish — Influence on Popular Music

Program No. 24512RJ
Join us on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, at 2 p.m. (ET)/11 a.m. (PT) for a one-hour lecture and Q&A to learn about the influence of Jewish music on 20th century popular songs.
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At a Glance

In 20th century popular music, Yiddish songs and synagogue melodies influenced the works of many prominent songwriters of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, Hollywood and popular music. The curious nature of Jewish music is something that is felt but not always noticeable. Sometimes we hear a cantorial melody and think subconsciously, “Where have I heard that before?” and the answer can be found in the repertoires of songwriters like George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. In this fascinating lecture, Cary Ginell, music historian, will compare excerpts from well-known popular songs with their corresponding antecedents in Hebrew liturgy and Yiddish folk music.

General Notes

Your online lecture will take place live over the course of 1-2 hours. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly. This live online experience uses Zoom Webinar, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. You will receive a confirmation email when you enroll and a reminder email one week, one day, as well as the morning of the event with a link and instructions on how to tune in. You will not be pictured on screen during the lecture, but you will have the opportunity to ask questions to the instructor live using the Q&A box. Unless otherwise noted in the lecture description, all those who enroll in this program can attend the live event and will also receive a recording of the lecture that you can watch any time within two weeks following the live event.

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