Date: March 1, 2022
Time: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Location: Show map
JCC of Middlesex County
1775 Oak Tree Road
Edison, NJ 08820

Contact: Sue Horwitz
Phone: 732-593-5958

Presenter: DR. Robert Butts, PhD
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 @ 1:30pm - IN PERSON  AND VIA ZOOM


Music and the arts are often viewed as entities in and of themselves rather than in context related to changes in politics, economics, social issues, philosophies and the other arts.  Placed in historical context, one sees that changes in the arts are related to society and in the world.

Developments introduced in the 1890s continued to expand possibilities as technology began to impact lives everywhere from the automobile to the airplane to electricity to radios, photographs and movie theaters.  Late Romantic composers, who continued to write in the symphonic style included Gustav Mahler and Jean Sibelius.  Modernism in music created riots with the ballets of Igor Stravinsky. The Broadway musical became the dominant form of musical theater entertainment through the shows of George M. Cohan, the operettas of Franz Lehar, and the revues of Florenz Ziegfeld.  Broadway became the stage from which recording artists such as Al Jolson became international stars.  Songwriters like Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin began their careers with the first songs from what has come to be called “The Great American Songbook”.  Jazz moved from New Orleans up the Mississippi River, gradually becoming a major style of American music that became an international sensation.  World War I changed the world in many ways – leaving some countries devastated and shifting world power more to the United States. Following the end of the war, two Amendments to the Constitution led to a changed culture in the 1920s:  Prohibition and Women’s Right to Vote.

Dr. Robert W. Butts serves as Music Director and Conductor with the Baroque Orchestra of New Jersey and The New York Classical Music society.  He teaches at The Casperson School of Graduate Studies at Drew University and at Montclair State University.  As a composer, Dr. Butts has created popular works for orchestra, voice and chamber ensembles.

This program is co-sponsored by The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey.


REGISTRATION FEE: $8/ Member; $11/Guest

TO REGISTER: Call the JCC Front Desk at 732-494-3232. For In-person registration click HERE or for a Zoom registration please click HERE. If you plan to attend via Zoom, once registration is completed, you will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the program. Registration closes at 12pm on March 1. Registration fees are per person, not per household. Sorry, no refunds.

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