Sister Jane Mary Art Lecture Series

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2019 by: Nicolas Mayta Canalle | Category: Events

Joint lecture with annual Sister Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture

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. Lecture includes a performance of Jewish liturgical music by the Lourdes Chorale.

Coordinated by Lourdes Associate Professor and Chair of Art Erin Palmer Szavuly 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 a Toledo Community Foundation grant which honors Dr. Morton Goldberg, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple B’Nai Israel. The lecture series promotes better understanding and positive relations among individuals from diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Since 1996, the event has included a variety of speakers and programming.

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.

In addition, 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.

Dr. Adler 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).

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.

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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, 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

Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Art Lecture

Established in 2011 by Lourdes alumnus George Brymer and his wife Vicky, the Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak Lecture series gives students and the general community an opportunity to learn from and communicate directly with individuals working in art related fields.

Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF, is an accomplished professor and artist. After teaching at Cardinal Stritch High School for 14 years, she joined the Lourdes community, where she served for nearly 30 years as Assistant Professor for the Department of Art. Her ceramic and mural works are on display across the nation.

Past lecturers have included:

Sr. Jane Mary Sorosiak, OSF – Inaugural lecture
Dr. Brian Kennedy – Censorship in the Arts
Thomas Allen – Cover Stories
Leslie Adams – Portrait of an Artist
Eric Eggly – Digital Photography in the Commercial Market
Sisters of St. Francis – Art Through the Arches: Designing Women
Jeni Hansen Gard – Past work and project highlights with the River Center Foundation in Sylvania

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