About the Course
With a life that spanned more than 100 years and a catalogue that boasted over 1,000 songs, Irving Berlin epitomized Jerome Kern's famous maxim that,... See more
Join us for theatre and a music-filled journey through the legendary career of Irving Berlin! This will be a day of both musical discovery and reminiscence as we travel to Actors Theatre of Louisville for a matinée performance of Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin. Accompanying us as our “traveling expert” will be professor Judah Cohen, a trained musicologist, anthropologist, and scholar of Jewish culture. Dr. Cohen will enlighten us about the life and music of Irving Berlin as we make our way to Louisville.
Upon arrival, we will enjoy a sumptuous Sunday brunch at The Bristol Bar & Grill in the heart of downtown Louisville. They call their brunch “bountiful,” and you will have choices galore!
After brunch, we’ll make our way to Actors Theatre, several blocks down Main Street, and known as the centerpiece of Louisville’s urban cultural district.
Hershey Felder is a multi-talented performer: pianist, actor, playwright, composer, producer, and director. In this production, Felder “offers a lively portrait of Irving Berlin as a Jewish immigrant, American patriot, and devoted husband.” The show includes 19 songs and several reprises plus medleys featuring snippets of 13 more.
Don’t miss this fun-filled day–a great way to spend a Sunday in blustery February!
Instructor: Judah Cohen is The Lou and Sybil Mervis Professor in the Study of Jewish Culture; Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Musicology; and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program. Through his research, he “addresses Jewish cultural expression as a dynamic and ever-changing process created and recreated over time by artists, religious leaders, philosophers, and activists.”
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