“The Sights and Sounds of Judaism” focus of 2019 Dr. Morton Goldberg Lecture

Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 by: Briana A. Peters | Category: Education


Toledo Community Foundation and Lourdes University are pleased to present “The Sights and Sounds of Judaism” on Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd. in Sylvania. The distinguished speakers include American Composer Dr. Samuel Adler and well known Senior Art History Lecturer Ruthy Behare Light. The event is free and open to the public. Coordinated by Lourdes Associate Professor and Chair of Art Erin Palmer Szavuly and Lourdes Choral Director Betsy Bellavia, the event is a co-celebration of the Goldberg Lecture Series and the annual Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture Series. Co-hosted by the Lourdes Departments of Art and Music, the March event also includes a performance of Jewish liturgical music by the Lourdes University Chorale, a student-based vocal ensemble at the University. The 2019 lecture is made possible by Lourdes University, the Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture Series, and a Toledo Community Foundation grant which honors Dr. Morton Goldberg, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple B’Nai Israel. These sponsors collectively promote diversity, cultural awareness and the arts. Dr. Samuel Adler Unique among established mainstream American composers whose Jewish identities have played a formative part of their work, Dr. Samuel Adler has written prolifically for the Hebrew liturgy and has been consistently active in the American cantorial and Jewish music infrastructure. Educated at Boston University and Harvard University, Dr. Adler studied under Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston and Randall Thompson and conducted with Serge Koussevitzky. In 1966, he became professor of composition at the Eastman School of Music. He has also served on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1997 while remaining professor emeritus at Eastman. His compositions include more than 400 works spanning nearly all media, apart from his large liturgical output. Dr. Adler’s orchestral music includes five symphonies and a number of concertos. In these, he makes use of varied techniques including elements of serialism. He is the author of three books, Choral Conducting (Holt Reinhart and Winston 1971, second edition Schirmer Books 1985), Sight Singing (W.W. Norton 1979, 1997), and The Study of Orchestration (W.W. Norton 1982, 1989, 2001). Dr. Adler’s vocal and choral music includes much written for Jewish liturgical use or otherwise of Jewish inspiration. At the same time, he has written music that is more lighthearted, including settings that range from Catullus to Dr. Seuss. Dr. Adler’s operas include the moving The Outcast of Poker Flat, The Wrestler and the music drama The Lodge of Shadows. Dr. Adler holds honorary doctorates from Southern Methodist University, Wake Forest University, St. Mary’s Notre-Dame, the St. Louis Conservatory, and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He has been awarded many prizes including a 1990 award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Charles Ives Award, the Lillian Fairchild Award, the MTNA Award for Composer of the Year (1988-1989), and a Special Citation by the American Foundation of Music Clubs (2001). For more information about Dr. Samuel Adler, visit; https://www.presser.com/composer/adler-samuel/. Ms. Ruthy Behare Light Ruthy Behare Light, a naturalized citizen, has broad experience in global engagement. She studied Liberal Arts at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, received a French Baccalaureate at the College Française in Beirut, Lebanon, and acquired a Bachelor of Education in French and English with a minor in Special Education from The University of Toledo and a Master of Arts in Art History at Bowling Green State University. Ms. Light, currently a Senior Lecturer at BGSU's School of Art, has developed curriculum, assisted in program planning and has taught numerous courses in art history at BGSU and UT. In addition, she has facilitated and presented at numerous symposiums, conferences and workshops on various topics in Art History. She has also collaborated professionally with numerous international entities including the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem, Israel. She has served on the Embracing Global Engagement Advisory Council at BGSU, and SACI (Studio Art College International) in Florence, Italy as the BGSU Coordinator. Ms. Light is a French native speaker, has a reading and translation ability in Spanish and Italian and can speak Hebrew/Arabic. Toledo Community Foundation Toledo Community Foundation is the community foundation serving the Toledo region, including northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area. Since 1973, Toledo Community Foundation has worked with individuals, families and businesses, assisting them in making effective choices that match their philanthropic interests and needs while creating a better community for generations to come. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.toledocf.org. Lourdes University Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, social work, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at www.lourdes.edu or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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