Save the Date – Exhibit Opening on Sunday, January 10 – Historical Images Retrospective – Sam Szor and Bud Kerwin

Posted Dec 24th, 2015 by Rhonda B. Sewell  Category: Arts & Entertainment, Community Interest,


A Black & White Retrospective of Historical Images of the Music of Sam Szor and the Dance of Bud Kerwin

1960's Black and White historical images by Bill Hartough, from Woodward High School, the University of Toledo, Music Under the Stars, and Kerwin Ballet Theater

(Released December 18, 2015) — In this era of Toledo’s history, just before downtown outlived its usefulness as a city-center, until urban renewal, there was a burgeoning arts scene, specifically in music and dance. Two men who stood at the pinnacle of this era were, the late Samuel Szor, (1930-2014) music director, and Bud Kerwin, choreographer.

With matching boldness and creativity, Sam’s and Bud’s productions challenged performer and audience member alike. Their collaborations were often done in an educational setting either at Woodward High School or at the University of Toledo. They also reached a broader cross-section of the public at such venues as the Toledo Zoo Amphitheater. Their vitality and freshness engaged and delighted crowds, whether it was at football half-time shows, musicals, commissioned jazz ballets or classical ballet pieces. Modern and jazz-tinged, these shows were something Toledo wasn’t used to up until then, but Sam and Bud presented them with such a dynamic flair as to make them irresistible!

Through the lens of photographer Bill Hartough, who captured the magic of Sam and Bud’s hold on the art scene, this special Main Library Gallery exhibit showcases a bygone era in black and white.

The Collaboration of Sam and Bud
Sam met Bud when he hired him as a choreographer for the Woodward “Extravaganzas.” Bud taught ballet at Woodward High School as an alternative class to Physical Education. From there, he opened his first studio in downtown Toledo on Erie Street.
Sam went on to fame with his noted musical endeavors in Toledo including: Music Under the Stars, Toledo Choral Society, Perrysburg Symphony, First Congregational Church Choir and the Toledo Symphony Orchestra Casual Concerts.
Together, Sam and Bud galvanized a period in Toledo cultural history that was simultaneously, intellectually stimulating and entertaining.

Capturing the Scene
Behind the scenes, there was Bill Hartough who kept a photographic journal of this artistic “magic.” Bill, an artist himself, unobtrusively clicked on his Leica camera, during Sam and Bud’s rehearsals and performances and, in doing so, captured, in candid black and whites, their collective and individual creative energy and inspired work. Before Bill’s long career as official photographer for the University of Toledo, he worked, almost as a “labor of love,” recording the disciplined leadership of these two emerging show biz giants, even using The Blade’s dark room for developing roll after roll of film.
This Toledo-Lucas County Public Library exhibition is dedicated to the memory of musical giant Samuel Szor, and was coordinated largely by the dedicated son of the late conductor, whose name is Tom Szor.

Exhibit Opening
The exhibit opening and reception is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016 in the Gallery of Main Library, 325 Michigan St. Mr. Kerwin (Bud), of Indianapolis, and Mr. Hartough (Bill), of Toledo, along with the late Mr. Szor’s son, Tom, are scheduled to be present during the opening of this special historical exhibit, on view January 10 through the end of February 2016. A special treat for attendees will be the musical entertainment of Tom Szor, who is scheduled to play the piano during the opening reception in honor of his late father.

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