SEARCH OUR SITE...
Presented by the OMJCC and National JCC Adult & Senior Alliance
Considered the “father of musical theatre,” Jewish-American composer Jerome Kern – one of America’s greatest and most beloved composers – helped invent the modern stage musical. Still today, Kern’s melodies live in our voices and warm our hearts. Join in jazz & cabaret entertainer Gilda Solve’s tribute to the man who wrote such timeless, classic, popular songs such as, “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Make Believe,” “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,” and many others. Guests are welcome to ask questions via the chat throughout the program.
Known as one of the most important book (re: script) writers in Broadway history, Oscar Hammerstein II made the story, not the songs or the stars, central to the musical and brought musical theater to full maturity as an art form. Join jazz & cabaret entertainer Gilda Solve to relive some of his masterpieces, which are among the most beloved musicals of all time including The Sound of Music, South Pacific, Oklahoma, The King and I and more. Find out more about the wonder of the music behind the man. Guests are welcome to ask questions via the chat throughout the program.
Among the most important figures in 20th-century musical theatre, composer & lyricist Stephen Sondheim was praised for having “reinvented the American musical” with shows that tackled “unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre's] traditional subjects” with “music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication.” Join jazz & cabaret entertainer Gilda Solve to rediscover some of Sondheim’s best-known works including Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Into the Woods and, of course, his brilliant lyrics from West Side Story. Guests are welcome to ask questions via the chat throughout the program.
Our honoring of Jewish composers and/or lyricist continue in June with jazz & cabaret entertainer Gilda Solve’s special tribute to the great standards composed by Harold Arlen. Throughout the early- and mid-1930’s, Arlen composed (with lyricist Ted Keohler) songs for The Cotton Club such as “Let’s Fall in Love” and “Stormy Weather.” He went on to team up with lyricist Johnny Mercer and write hit after hit, songs like “Blues In the Night,” “That Old Black Magic,” and many more. But his most beloved contributions were probably his musical scores for The Wizard of Oz and of course A Star is Born. Guests are welcome to ask questions via the chat throughout the program.
The Albany JCC offers in person and virtual programs for adults and senior adults!