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Johnny Mathis in the recording studio sings into a microphone.
2/8/2021
Johnny Mathis, with his 60-year performing career, is the world’s best-selling living recording artist and is one of only five recording artists to have Top 40 Hits spanning each of the four decades since 1955.
Billie Holiday throws her head back and sings with an entranced expression on her face.
2/8/2021
Billie Holiday didn’t just sing a song, she took possession of it.
1/27/2021
For over a century composers, writers, singers and dancers have flocked to New York City for the opportunity to work in the forty theaters located between 42nd and 57th Streets. Here these artists meld melodies, lyrics, dance, and stories to create experiences that make us laugh and cry. Our exhibit looked at the 1960s as a crucial time for American musicals, and a turning point for musical theater worldwide.
1/26/2021
Songbook Academy Awareness Day 2021
12/31/2020
"Music doesn't argue, discuss or quarrel. It just breaths the air of freedom" - Harold Arlen
12/31/2020
"Gershwin’s music was as influenced by his own Jewish heritage and his well-documented humble beginnings. His career highlights the evolution of a very personal songwriting style."
12/31/2020
Kern’s music is noted for its natural flow of rhythm and for the often folk-song-like quality of its melodies, which possess an indefinable but unmistakably American character.
12/31/2020
Mr. Rodgers never did live along Tin Pan Alley; he was lost at sea as a boy and, when rescued, kept hearing inappropriate sounds. They remain inappropriately perfect.'
12/31/2020
The soundtrack of the American romance—as heard on the car radio and seen on the silver screen in the 1930s and 40s—was largely the product of a Jewish imagination.
12/31/2020
The soundtrack of the American romance—as heard on the car radio and seen on the silver screen in the 1930s and 40s—was largely the product of a Jewish imagination.
12/31/2020
Porter told Rodgers he had figured out the secret of writing hits. Rodgers leaned over. “I’ll write Jewish tunes,” Porter said. Rodgers laughed, but as time went by he saw Porter’s point.
12/23/2020
Using images from Broadway musicals, classic films, and personal collections, A Fine Romance tells the story of Jewish artists who created songs of wit, sophistication and optimism through America's ups and downs during the 20th century.