Monday, September 18, 2017

Rosh Hashanah 5778

Dip Your Apple In The Honey:  It's Rosh Hashanah! And, as we begin a New Year, please remember - as Rabbi Adam Rosenbaum of Synagogue Emanu-El in Charleston, South Carolina has taught us -

There is hope for the world.
There is hope for your life.

The way it is now is not the way it must be. 



Abq Jew warmly invites you to check out
this now-classic Rosh Hashana hit from 5772:

Dip Your Apple!


No apples, pomegranates, babies, or smartphones
were harmed in the filming of this video.
Please don't feed babies honey.

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Abq Jew knows (and knows you know), are special times for our Jewish hearts, minds, and souls.

The Ein Prat Fountainheads have touched our hearts. Now, for our minds, here is a video by Abq Jew's Talmud teacher Rabbi Judith Hauptman that explores the origins of the Avinu Malkenu prayer.


A bit more about Rabbi Hauptman:
Judith Rebecca Hauptman (born 1943) is a Jewish femininst Talmudic scholar.
She grew up in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, United States. 
Hauptman received a degree in Talmud from the Seminary College of Jewish Studies at Jewish Theological Seminary, a B.A. in economics from Barnard College, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Talmudic studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. 
She earned her PhD in 1982, and was the first woman to earn a PhD in Talmud, which she earned from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. She also studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. 
Hauptman was ordained as a rabbi in May 2003 by the Academy for Jewish Religion. She is the E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Chair of the Department of Talmud and Rabbinics. She has taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary since 1973. [Rabbi Hauptman has recently retired.]

L'Shana Tova U'Metuka, New Mexico!
A Good & Sweet Year, Albuquerque!

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Repent and Return

Woman-Ochre in Silver City: We are getting closer and closer to the High Holy Days: Selichot begins this Saturday night. We approach the Days of Awe with thoughts ... and actions ... of repentance and return.

Willem de Kooning, Woman-Ochre, 1955

Which brings up the intriguing (wait; you'll see) topic of Art and Art Theft.

Did you see the 1999 movie The Thomas Crown Affair, with Pierce Brosnan and Rene Russo? (The 1968 original, with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway, dealt with bank robbery, not art theft.)

How about 1966's How to Steal a Million, with Peter O'Toole and Audrey Hepburn? (Although the topic was art forgery, only loosely related to art theft.)

As what is left of Abq Jew's brain sorta recalls (but as IMDb confirms), neither the characters nor the themes in these flicks was particularly Jewish.


So Abq Jew proposes that we instead talk about Willen de Kooning (1904-1997), the  Dutch-American abstract expressionist artist who was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and moved to New York in 1927.

OK ... Willem de Kooning was not Jewish. But his wife Elaine Marie Catherine Fried de Kooning (1918 1989) sorta was. Still, Abq Jew hears you cry


Where are the Jews?

Ready? Here we go!

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer William K Rashbaum (Jewish?) just published an article in The New York Times titled A de Kooning, a Theft and an Enduring Mystery. (It was hidden in the New York / Region section, so you can be excused if you missed it.)

The story begins:
Willem de Kooning completed “Woman-Ochre” in 1955. It depicts a defiantly naked figure facing the viewer, arms akimbo. At the time, de Kooning had a studio in Greenwich Village, where his artistic vision — not to mention his quiet charm and energetic drinking — made him a figure of renown on the art scene. 
Three years after de Kooning finished the painting, a benefactor of the University of Arizona Museum of Art in Tucson bought it for the institution. And 27 years after that, in 1985, it was stolen — cut from its frame.

Whatever happened, Abq Jew hears you ask, to "Woman-Ochre"? The story continues:
It was finally recovered last month, and investigators are focusing on several theories. And one of them is, in its own way, extraordinary: 
They are trying to determine if the heist was engineered by a retired New York City schoolteacher — something of a renaissance man — who donned women’s clothing and took his son along as his accomplice, and then hung the masterwork in the bedroom of his own rural New Mexico home, where it remained. 
In other words, they are examining whether he stole a painting now valued at in excess of $100 million simply so he could enjoy it. 
The teacher, Jerome Alter, and his wife, Rita, both died at 81, he in 2012 and she earlier this summer.
<Read more here
The ranch-style home in Cliff, New Mexico, where a painting was found that would turn out to be "Woman-Ochre" by Willem de Kooning. (Photo: Grant County Assessor's Office)

And in case you're wondering - Cliff is 28.7 miles up US Highway 180 from Silver City, right by the intersection with US 293.


Want to know more about Jerome and Rita Alter? So did Benjamin Fisher, who last month published Bedroom of late Cliff couple held stolen de Kooning in the Silver City Daily Press.

The story begins:
As news broke of a near-priceless Willem de Kooning painting found behind the bedroom door of a house here in Grant County — more than 31 years after its theft from the University of Arizona — interest was piqued about the people whose door that was. 
Although the owners of Manzanita Ridge — who purchased the estate, discovered the painting and returned it to the University of Arizona — have declined to reveal the owners of the estate, the Daily Press has independently confirmed that the house belonged to two longtime residents of Cliff. 
By all accounts, Jerry and Rita Alter led quiet lives here in the area, with Rita known as a well-liked speech pathologist in the Silver Consolidated Schools, but saved grand adventures for far away. 
The Alters moved to the Cliff area sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s, following Jerry’s retirement from a long career as a professional symphony musician and music teacher in the Big Apple, based on both his 2012 obituary in the Daily Press and interviews with people who worked with Rita. 
Jerry was highly educated at New York University, Brooklyn College and Columbia University. After his retirement here, though, few of those reached on Friday could offer much information about Jerry. 
Far more people knew Rita from her time at Silver Schools.
<Read more here>  
University of Arizona Museum of Art Curator Olivia Miller gets her first look Friday, Aug. 4, at Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre,” missing for 31 years. (Courtesy Photo)

Jennifer Olsen also published an article last month about this case, A (hundred) million dollar find: The tale of the missing de Kooning, in the Silver City Daily Press.

The story begins:
The long-missing and very valuable Willem de Kooning painting that turned up in Grant County last week was found hanging behind a bedroom door in Cliff. Manzanita Ridge co-owners Rick Johnson, Buck Burns, and David Van Auker, who purchased the estate, said it was one of the few paintings remaining on the home’s nail-studded walls. 
The 30-by-40-inch oil painting of a female figure caught their attention as lovely, but the men hadn’t gotten around to researching and pricing it, as they do with all the store’s merchandise, so the piece sat propped on the floor against a pile of chairs for a few hours. 
Immediately, it attracted attention and curiosity from customers — some of whom returned repeatedly to look at and discuss it. Although buying furniture — and sometimes art and antiques — for their store in downtown Silver City is their business, never had one of Manzanita Ridge’s pieces generated such excitement. 
Now authenticated as “Woman-Ochre” from Willem de Kooning’s Woman series, this particular painting was taken from the University of Arizona Museum of Art 31 years ago. 
The suspects were described at the time as a woman in her 50s, who would now be in her 80s, and a man in his 20s, who would now be in his 50s. 
The woman — fair skinned with glasses and a headscarf — distracted a guard while the man with curly hair, a mustache, and glasses cut the canvas from its frame and smuggled it from the museum under his clothing. 
Fast-forward 31 years, when “Woman-Ochre” wound up hanging in the master bedroom of a Cliff home, and then on the floor of Manzanita Ridge on Bullard Street. 
“I have to say it was so random and there was so little evidence that was left behind that it was really hard to imagine where it could be,” said UAMA Curator Olivia Miller, who discussed the painting frequently and knew the basic details of the crime as it happened. 
“Now, it seems like of course it was nearby and would turn up in an estate sale.”
How did "Woman-Ochre" wind up back at the UAMA? The story continues:
As the piece got even more attention in the store on Thursday, Aug. 3, Burns decided to hide it. “He puts a blanket on it and sticks it in our bathroom,” Van Auker said. 
That was when the serious web research began. As they read the story of the stolen de Kooning, they joked about having accidentally bought a $100 million painting. But then they realized they had to return the painting to U of A. 
The men said they never considered keeping it or trying to sell it for the hundreds of millions of dollars they guessed it was worth. “We didn’t even have to talk about it,” Johnson said. 
Van Auker called the art museum and a student receptionist transferred him to curator Olivia Miller. “Olivia was very calm and I was thinking to myself, ‘This woman is going to think I’m a nut job, that I picked up a print at Salvation Army and think it’s a de Kooning,’” Van Auker said. 
But Miller asked for photos and dimensions. “She wanted a full-on picture of the painting, then a picture of the signature and then she asked for a couple of pictures showing the paint texture,” Van Auker said. 
The dimensions they sent were just one inch off, consistent with the canvas being cut and stretched. “I was pretty confident,” Miller said. 
<Read more

So, Abq Jew hears you ask

Where is the Repentance?
Where is the Return?


None of us is perfect. But the Torah, the Talmud (see Living Talmud: Eilu Metzios), and the entirety of Jewish experience tell us that we Jews (we humans) are expected to try to do the right thing - even if (especially when) we fall short.

However, Manzanita Ridge co-owners Rick Johnson, Buck Burns, and David Van Auker - most likely, non-Jews - did the right thing. They returned the missing painting to its rightful owner.

Instinctively, without considering any other course of action.

As for Jerome and Rita Alter - most likely, Jews - who can say? They left this world without (publicly) revealing the provenance of the de Kooning painting in their New Mexico home.

The Alters did not (as far as we know) repent. Did they have anything to repent for? They certainly did not return the painting. Did they know it was lost?


Something to think about ....

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Abq: Hurricanes Not Welcome Here

But Nukes? We Love 'Em! Hurricane Harvey has already visited - and overstayed his welcome. Irma is on her way, to be followed by Jose. And now, there's some talk of Hurricane Katia perhaps planning a visit as well.

Hurricane Irma on Monday

Yes, it's Hurricane Season in the Good Ol' US of A. And this year, it's sorta like


Honi the Circle-Maker on Steroids

Honi the who? Abq Jew hears you, his loyal readers, ask. Jewish Heritage Online Magazine explains:
Honi Ha-me'aggel (the Circle-Maker) was a renowned pietist in the period of the Second Temple (first century BCE) who was said to have performed good deeds by using extraordinary powers of prayer or by performing miracles. 
According to popular legend, Honi slept for seventy years and on awakening prayed for death rather than living in a strange world. 
The following story, which tells of his power to bring rain in times of drought, is recorded in many sources. His name, ha-Me'aggel ("one who draws circles") is usually taken to be connected with this incident. 
But (of course; there's always a joker in the crowd):
Some scholars claim he was named Honi Ha-me'aggel after the place from which he came, while others suggest he was so called as he was often called to repair roofs or ovens, with a ma'gillah ("roller"). 

Anyway - here's the famous Honi story:
Once there was a terrible drought in the land of Israel. It was already the month of Adar, which usually marks the end of the rainy season and the beginning of spring, but no rains had fallen all winter long. 
So the people sent for Honi the Circle-Maker. He prayed, but still no rains came. Then he drew a circle in the dust and stood in the middle of it. Raising his hands to heaven, he vowed, "God, I will not move from this circle until You send rain!" 
 Immediately a few drops fell, hissing as they struck the hot white stones. But the people complained to Honi, "This is but a poor excuse for rain, only enough to release you from your vow. 
So Honi turned back to heaven and cried, "Not for this trifling drizzle did I ask, but for enough rain to fill wells, cisterns, and ditches! 
Then the heavens opened up and poured down rain in buckets, each drop big enough to fill a soup ladle. The wells and the cisterns overflowed, and the wadis flooded the desert. The people of Jerusalem ran for safety to the Temple Mount. 
"Honi!" they cried. "Save us! Or we will all be destroyed like the generation of the Flood! Stop the rains!" 
Honi said to them, "I was glad to ask God to end your misery, but how can I ask for an end to your blessing?" 
The people pleaded with him, and he finally agreed to pray for the rain to stop. "Bring me an offering of thanksgiving," he told them, and they did. 
Then Honi said to God, "This people that You brought out of Egypt can take neither too much evil nor too much good. Please give them what they ask so that they may be happy." 
So God sent a strong wind that blew away the fierce rains, and the people gathered mushrooms and truffles on the Temple Mount. 
Then Shimon ben Shetakh, head of the Sanhedrin in Jerusalem, said to Honi, "I should excommunicate you for your audacity, but how can I, since you're Honi! God coddles you as a father does his young child. The child says: 'Hold me, Daddy, and bathe me, and give me poppyseeds and peaches and pomegranates,' and his father gives him whatever he wants." 
So it was with Honi the Circle-Maker.

Thank G-d, we don't get no hurricanes here in Albuquerque. Torrential rains and flash floods? Occasionally. Smoke from wildfires elsewhere? Fairly regularly (חבל). Tornadoes? Once in a Blue Moon.


But nukes? We love 'em!

We Burqueños love nukes so much ... we want to keep 'em close to us. At our local (minutes from downtown!) Kirtland Air Force Base. As Ollie Reed Jr reported in the Albuquerque Journal last year -
KAFB home to massive nuclear storage complex 
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Officially, the Kirtland Underground Munitions and Maintenance Storage Complex (KUMMSC) is “not an interview topic.” 
That’s the response you get if you ask Kirtland Air Force Base officials about it. 
Unofficially, it’s the largest storage center for nuclear weapons in the world, providing storage, shipping and maintenance for the Air Force and the Navy. Some of the weapons there are scheduled for dismantling. 
The storage complex’s existence is not in question. It is operated by the 898th Munitions Squadron, which reports to Air Force Global Strike Command.
And NukeWatch (Nuclear Watch New Mexico) tells us -
Kirtland Underground Munitions Maintenance and Storage Complex (KUMMSC)  
Activated in 1992, the largest storage facility for nuclear weapons in the nation and possibly the world; thought now to house up to 2500 warheads, most awaiting dismantlement; operated by the 898th Munitions Squadron, which reports to Air Force Global Strike Command.
You can learn more about the Duke City's nuclear stockpile (Abq Jew know you want to!) from this 2006 KRQE report:


Thank goodness, Abq Jew hears you cry, we don't live in Albuquerque. Actually, Albuquerque is a pretty good place to live - watermelon mountains, blue skies, friendly people. And [hot-air] balloons! But for you loyal readers in Missouri or Georgia or Israel -


Think you're safe?

Then take a look at this video - How Close Do You Live to a Nuclear Bomb?


The accompanying liner notes tell us
Nuclear weapons are terrifying in two ways. What they're capable of, and how close they may actually be located to you. 
You may have spent your entire life living near one and never knew about it, or maybe not. Either way, if you want to put your mind at ease or want to get freaked out by it, then this video will tell you with "reasonable" accuracy of where most nuclear weapons are located in the world. 
Some, however, nobody knows of, which means that technically... some could be located just about anywhere! (0000000.1% chance of anybody ever finding these though so don't ever try).
So, Abq Jew supposes, your next question is gonna be -


What's the Deepest Hole We Can Possibly Dig?

There's a video for that, too!


Let us, Abq Jew therefore proposes, keep things in


Perspective

Hurricanes NO. Lee, Maria, and Nate will not pass through the Land of Enchantment. Nukes, YES. May their sleep be undisturbed, may their journeys be safe and silent. And in the meantime -


School's back. Take it easy out there!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Look For the Union Label

Remembering Simon Typograph: Abq Jew never got to meet Simon Typograph.

According to the Family Tree that Abq Jew received from his father, of blessed memory (now on MyHeritage.com), Simon Typograph (1864-1939) is the husband of Fannie (Kellerman) Typograph (1875-1940).


Fannie is a sister of Rose (Kellerman) Rosenfield (1880-1969) - Abq Jew's great-grandmother, who we all called Momsy. Momsy is, of course, the wife of Morris Rosenfield (1877-1937), aka Popsy, for whom Abq Jew is named.

Why is Abq Jew bringing this up just now?

Because it's Labor Day!
Union!

More than brothers-in law, Morris Rosenfield and Simon Typograph were brothers in the union. Both were active in the United Cloth Hat and Cap Makers of North America. Here's a bit of history.

The United Hatters Cap and Millinery Workers International Union (UHCMW) was formed in 1934 by the amalgamation of United Hatters of North America (UHNA) and the Cloth Hat, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union (CHCMW).

The United Hatters of North America (UHNA) was established in New York in 1896 as the result of the merger of two Knights of Labor-affiliated unions in the men's hat industry, the the Hat Makers and the Hat Finishers.

The Cloth Hat, Cap and Millinery Workers International Union (CHCMW) was established in New York in 1901, as the United Cloth Hat and Cap Makers of North America (superseding the the Cloth Hat and Cap Operators Union), and took its final name (adding Millinery Workers) in 1918.

In 1983 the UHCMW (a founding member of the Committee for Industrial Organizations) joined the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union, which in turn merged in 1995 with the International Ladies Garment Workers Union to form UNITE (Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees).

Abq Jew has documents & pictures!


ORGANIZATION OF THE UNITED CLOTH HAT and CAP MAKERS of 
NORTH AMERICA

The union organizer Simon Typograph visited Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore, where he tried to organize. By October the foundation was finally laid, and the New York operator's union decided to call the 1st. capmakers union convention for Friday p.m. December 27th. It was decided that the New York organization should be entitled to 1 delegate for each 15 members, and the organizations over the country should be entitled to 1 delegate for each 25 members.

The 1st. convention on Friday, December 27th,1901 should remain a historic date for the Millinery Workers Union of America. That day, at 8:30 p.m. they met at the Manhattan Lyceum, 66.E.4th. str., New York. Without exaggeration it could be said that this Friday, December, 1901,is a new beginning for the capmakers and millinery workers that cannot be destroyed by conflict in which the freed worker gradually will be rid of the worst form of parasite that has eaten into this trade more than into any other; an organization in which the cap and millinery workers find enough strength to raise their standard of living to the best level of organized labor in this country, in which they find political and industrial freedom for the working people.

Delegates of First Convention 
From New York-14

Typograph         Zimmerman        Schwartz
Hinder               M.Yolis          Sonnenshein
Geller                G.Greene                 Radler
Rifelson            C.Stein                Yachofsky
M.Rosenfield    Sivetsky                              


Simon Typograph was a wonderful man. How does Abq Jew know? Because his family was still speaking about Simon Typograph many years after his death.

Pirkei Avot 4:13
Rabbi Shimon said, there are three crowns: the crown of Torah,
the crown of priesthood, and the crown of kingship.
And the crown of a good name is superior to them all.


Happy Labor Day!
Remember how we got here!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Fall 2017 @ OASIS Abq

Great Courses @ OASIS:  Abq Jew is pleased to inform you that

OASIS Albuquerque has just announced
their Fall 2017 line-up of classes!
Registration opens on
Wednesday September 6
but you can Wish List your selections now.

http://www.oasisnet.org/Albuquerque-NM

OASIS Albuquerque Executive Director Kathleen Raskob continues (as always) to bring you new and interesting class offerings, and continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of Jewish interest.

This session's courses and instructors include but are by no means limited to:

An Exploration of Gratefulness
Thu 12 Oct 2017 @ 10:30 am - #99
Instructor: Rabbi Shefa Gold
What It Is: Gratefulness is the foundation of spiritual practice. A morning prayer of gratefulness is designed to open our hearts and energize us. Yet so often we get caught in the habits of complaint. In this workshop, learn practices that cultivate, nurture, and refine our ability to feel and express gratefulness. Use the practices of text study, chant, meditation and holy conversation to uncover the obstacles to gratefulness.

A Tale of Three Towns: Yavneh, Sephoris & Tiberias
Wed 25 Oct 2017 @ 10:30 am - #105
Instructor: Rabbi Paul Citrin
What It Is: When the Jewish revolt against Rome was crushed by Titus in 70 CE, the Temple fell and Jerusalem was destroyed. Yet, three towns became centers for Jewish survival and for the expansion of Jewish culture. The Mishna, a core document of the Talmud, was created in these locations. Examine this period, study selected texts, and consider how ancient strategies for survival can apply today.

Tales From an Israeli Immigrant Career Woman
Wed 25 Oct 2017 @ 1:00 pm - #18
Instructor: Sharon Nir
What It Is: Follow Sharon Nir's journey through the baffling and grueling legal immigration process in the United States. In this class, Nir describes the difficulties she faced coming to the United States as the spouse of a doctor. Unable to work because of her immigration status, she had two options: to grieve over everything she had lost or to pursue new directions. Struggling through difficult and rapidly changing circumstances, she eventually found fulfillment and happiness in the most unexpected way.

A King & an Illicit Relationship: Studying the Biblical Book of Ruth
Wed 29 Nov 2017 @ 10:30 am - #109
Instructor: Michael Nutkiewicz
What It Is: The heroine of the biblical Book of Ruth is a Moabite whose Jewish mother-in-law hatches a plan that involves an illicit relationship. Why is this strange story read on the Jewish holiday of Shavuos, which commemorates the revelation at Mount Sinai? And how is King David, the prototype of the Jewish sovereign, linked to the Moabite woman Ruth? Engage in a close reading of this short and intriguing biblical story.

A Mobster in the Family: Jewish Outlaws, Gangsters, & Bandits
Thu 30 Nov 2017 @ 1:00 pm - #64
Instructor: Naomi Sandweiss
What It Is: Naomi Sandweiss presents an illustrated talk about infamous Jewish mobsters including Meyer Lansky, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer (Mickey) Cohen, and Sandweiss' very own relative by marriage, Sammy the Mustache. Learn about the short-lived season of Jewish involvement in organized crime, the social forces that led to participation, and why the movement lasted for only one generation.

The UN Palestine Partition Resolution & the Creation of the State of Israel
Thu 7 Dec & 14 Dec 2017 @ 10:30 pm - #65
Instructor: Dr Noel Pugach
What It Is: On November 29, 1947 - 70 years ago - the United Nations General Assembly passed Resolution 181 partitioning Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. The Jews reluctantly accepted the partition plan; the Arabs rejected it absolutely. A few weeks later the Arabs attacked the Jewish settlements, resulting in a dirty civil war. Several months later Israel declared its independence and won its struggle. Why did the UN get involved? Why did partition fail? What were the consequences and results?


Regular OASIS Albuquerque instructor (and award-winning composer and recording artist) Jane Ellen also continues (as always) to bring you new and interesting class offerings, and continues to make sure there are plenty of courses of musical and Jewish interest.

Jane's courses this session include but are by no means limited to:

Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man: The Music of Bob Dylan
Thu 21 Sep 2017 [Rosh HaShanah] @ 1:00 pm - #74
What It Is: Bob Dylan (1941- ) began as a songwriter, became a major player in the folk and electric folk scene as a performer, filled his spare moments with writing and art, and now includes Nobel Prize Laureate on his resume. The A&E series Biography refers to him as "one of the most influential singer-songwriters of the 20th century," citing Dylan songs that chronicled both social and political issues. Now 76, he continues to write, record, and perform.

How Jewish-Americans Changed Popular American Music
Part 1: Broadway to the Big Bands & Beyond
Thu 5 Oct 2017 [Sukkot] @ 1:00 pm - #77
What It Is: This three-part series will focus on the invaluable contribution of Jewish-American composers, musicians, and entertainers to the tapestry of popular music in the United States since the late 19th century.
Part 1 will trace the earliest roots from Tin Pan Alley to the Yiddish Theatre and finally on to the Great White Way, where Jewish-Americans almost single-handedly invented America's most valuable artistic export: the Broadway musical. Future installments will include jazz, pop, and rock.

Louis Moreau Gottschalk: The American Liszt
Thu 12 Oct 2017 [Shemini Atzeret] @ 1:00 pm - #79
What It Is: Born in New Orleans, educated in Paris, and dead at the age of 40 in Rio de Janeiro, concert pianist and composer Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-69) was the first American composer to take traditional native songs and turn them into something worthy of the concert stage. Many of his compositions were lost or destroyed after his death, but what remains display brilliant virtuosity and a remarkable genius for elevating the simplest tune into a breathtakingly beautiful melody.

Music on Screen: The Who, What, & Why of Film Soundtracks
Thu 9 Nov & 16 Nov 2017 @ 1:00 pm - #82
What It Is: Film soundtracks: Why do we need them? What's the point? Would movies be just as good without them? Aren't they just about making hit songs? These questions (and more) will be explored by Jane Ellen as we revisit legendary soundtrack composers including Ennio Morricone, Bernard Herrmann, Max Steiner, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Miklós Rózsa. Note: each class is 2 hours with a 10 minute break.

Sedaka is Back: Singer-Songwriter Neil Sedaka
Thu 29 Nov 2017 @ 1:00 pm - #83
What It Is: When singer-songwriter Neil Sedaka (1939- ) won a piano scholarship to the Juilliard School at the age of 12, his mother hoped he was destined to become another Van Cliburn. Happily for pop music fans, Sedaka went on to forge a career spanning nearly 55 years, during which time he has sold millions of records as an artist and has written or co-written over 500 songs, including "Bad Blood" and "Breaking Up is Hard to Do."