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Immigrants as Artist Pioneers
October 10 @ 11:00 am - October 17 @ 12:30 pm
In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, immigrants from Eastern Europe poured into the Lower East Side, creating crucibles of creative energy and ambition. Despite being newcomers, these individuals quickly made indelible contributions to American arts and culture. This two-session course will highlight two immigrant families, the Adlers and Gershwins, whose creative chutzpah forever changed American entertainment. The Adler patriarch first arrived in New York in 1889, and became famous for daring Yiddish melodrama. But it was his daughter Stella who ushered America into a new era of realism, shaping young actors like Marlon Brando. Session Two will discuss the Gershwin brothers. Each virtuosic musicians and composers, George and Ira became entertainment juggernauts when they joined forces.
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