Photo of Leigh Korn, cantor at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, Calif.

Leigh Korn, cantor at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, Calif., will discuss the Jewish identity in American musicals on Jan. 9. (Photo:

Exploring Jewish identity in American musicals, Jan. 9

  • December 17, 2012 5:00am

Since the inception of the American musical, Jewish writers, singers, actors and dancers have brought to the stage a powerful and appealing vision of America. Leigh Korn, cantor at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, Calif., will explore this vision of an optimistic, inclusive nation in which Jews and others could both lose and find themselves.

On the stage -- in music, dance, and words -- was expression of one's unique identity mixed with hope for assimilation. Korn will discuss this fascinating interaction in a lecture/concert that illustrates how the problem of identity weaves through 20th century musicals and continues on the current Broadway stage.

Korn is an active member of the American Conference of Cantors and is currently working with its Task Force for Continued Education to develop a curriculum in the fields of musicianship, conducting and music technology.

This event will be held on Wednesday, January 9 from 2:00pm to 3:30pm. It is provided as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program and will take place on the Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus located at 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord. Visit the OLLI Web site to register for the lecture.


California State University, East Bay is the San Francisco East Bay Area's high-access public university of choice. CSUEB serves the region with campuses in Hayward and Concord, a professional development center in Oakland, and an innovative online campus. With an enrollment of more than 14,000, the University offers a nationally recognized freshman year experience, award-winning curriculum, personalized instruction, and expert faculty. Students choose from among more than 100 professionally focused fields of study for which the University confers bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as an Ed.D. in education. Named a "Best in the West" college, as well as a Best Business School, by the influential Princeton Review, Cal State East Bay is among the region's foremost producers of teachers, business professionals and entrepreneurs, public administrators, health professionals, literary and performing artists, and science and math graduates.

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