Hard Traveling: The 1930s

Date: May 31, 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
Email: shorwitz@jccmc.org

Presenter: Robert Butts, PhD

As the 1920s were a period of excess and liberation, the 1930s were marked by the harshness of the Depression. Styles changed as the world dealt with increasing unrest, rising fascist imperialism, and unbounded nationalism The music reflected these changes in many ways - most notably in a softening of the modernist tendencies of the 1920s and a conscious goal of making music more accessible and comfortable. At the same time, musical theater moved in two directions - one being more for entertainment, the other being more for social awareness. Dr. Butts explains the growth of a variety of musical genres from this decade.

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.

“Grant Funding has been provided by the Middlesex County Board of County Commissioners 

         Through a grant award from the Middlesex County Cultural and Arts Trust Fund.”



TO REGISTER: Please call the JCC Front Desk at 732-494-3232 or/ For in-person registration please click HERE. For a Zoom registration please click HEREIf you choose to enjoy the program via Zoom, once registration is completed, you will receive a Zoom invitation prior to the program. Registration closes at noon on April 19.

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