Political Commentary in Song Comes to "Concerts on Clifton" - November 4 at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati

Friday, October 19, 2012

"The Country’s in the Very Best of Hands" – Politics on Broadway!

Politics are found just about anywhere, even the Broadway musical! Many Broadway composers and lyricists, such as George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart, Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, Alan Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Irving Berlin, and Stephen Sondheim, considered themselves political commentators! The witty, funny and often hard hitting results can be seen in a variety of their shows going back as far as 85 years.

The talented rabbinical and graduate students of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion will present a selection of these pieces as a part of the Cincinnati campus’ Concerts on Clifton series on Sunday, November 4, at 4:00 p.m.

"No matter for whom you are voting, our show will be a fun break from all the political ads on Cincinnati TV," says Rabbi Ken Kanter, who wrote and directed the show. "FDR, Ike and JFK, Herbert Hoover and James Garfield, Abraham Lincoln, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin, and every elected member of Congress have all been targets of great Broadway shows, and we sing them all!"

The concert will take place in the Scheuer Chapel on the Cincinnati campus, 3101 Clifton Avenue in Clifton and is free and open to the public.

For more information, visit hucinci.com or call 513.221.1875.


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's first institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu