Go Gaga for “A Fine Romance”
The current exhibit at the Collins Gallery is “A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965.”
The exhibition website notes:
“Americans have always responded to the optimism, the wit and sophistication, and the passion and verve of the standards that make up the “American Songbook.” This colorful exhibition celebrates American popular song during the period 1910-1965. The best songwriters associated with this era combined a genius for melody, memorable lyrics, and the ability to connect with a wide audience. Some of America’s most beloved songwriters from 1910 to 1965 were Jewish by birth and heritage. Learn about the lives and works of Irving Berlin, George and Ira Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, and a host of other Jewish songwriters who wove the American songbook deep into the fabric of American culture. Join us in exploring their story and its relevancy to the story of music of the Pacific Northwest.”
I attended the Opening Reception and what a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon! The Eastern PDX Klezner Duo played some great tunes as people checked out the exhibit and ate mini bagels.
Be sure to check out the website for other events, further reading, and resources to get the most out of this.
The odd thing is there’s no mention anywhere in the programs, website or flyers about “America’s Got Music”- twelve displays (also in the Collins Gallery) of music through the ages- from the first instruments to the local scene. I would recommend check it out.
Both exhibits run through April 22nd.