Local groups conduct series on Jewish songwriters

Sponsored by two local libraries, “A Fine Romance,” a program honoring Jewish songwriters of the 20

th century, will run through Oct.19. The series takes place at the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit and Henry and Delia Meyers Library and Media Center in West Bloomfield through Oct.19. “A Fine Romance” has been well-received so far for its portrayal of some of America’s best-loved classic tunes composed by Jewish artists.

The exhibit features wall panels, photos, vintage posters and other memorabiliam as well as a stage show and lecture with Wayne State University professor and poet M.L. Liebler and Peter Lewis, Oct. 11. The Jewish Historical Society of Michigan and the West Bloomfield Township Public Library are also participating in the event.

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“Mary Killian, the township library’s adult services coordinator, said her facility sought out guest speakers, and it is showcasing films and books that cover the work of Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Berlin, and George and Ira Gershwin. Killian said the events from ‘A Fine Romance’ have been successful so far, and many seniors have attended them. ‘You find people humming these tunes,’ she said. ‘They’re a part of the fabric of our musical history.'”

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