by Sylvania AdVantage Staff

The Board of Trustees of Toledo Community Foundation has approved a grant to Lourdes University in the amount of $8,150. The funds will be used to present the 2019 Dr. Morton Goldberg Lecture series, “The Sights and Sounds of Judaism,” at the Franciscan Center, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

The lecture series was established in 1975 to honor Dr. Morton Goldberg, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple B’Nai Israel. The series promotes better understanding and positive relations among individuals from diverse racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Since 1996, the event has included a variety of speakers and other types of programming which have been presented at no charge at local venues.

The March 24, 2019, lecture will feature two distinguished speakers – American composer Dr. Samuel Adler and associate professor of art history at The University of Toledo, Dr. Richard Putney – who will discuss the historic and cultural value and role of the music, art and architecture of Judaism.

Coordinated by Lourdes Vocal Music Director Bobby Rue and Associate Professor and Chair of Art Erin Palmer Szavuly. The event is co-hosted by the Lourdes Art Department in partnership with the university’s annual Sister Jane Mary Art Lecture Series. The Lourdes University Chorale and Lourdes A Capella student-based choirs are also scheduled to perform appropriate selections.

Dr. Samuel Adler
Unique among established mainstream American composers whose Jewish identities have played a formative part of their work, Dr. Samuel Adler has written prolifically for the Hebrew liturgy and has been consistently active in the American cantorial and Jewish music infrastructure. Born in Mannheim, Germany, where his father Hugo Chaim Adler was a respected cantor, Dr. Adler studied composition with Aaron Copland, Paul Hindemith, Walter Piston and Randall Thompson and conducted with Serge Koussevitzky. A music director of Temple Emanuel in Dallas from 1953 to 1966, he became Professor of Composition at the Eastman School of Music. Dr. Adler’s compositions include more than 400 works spanning nearly all media, apart from his large liturgical output. He has served on the faculty of the Juilliard School since 1997 while remaining professor emeritus at Eastman. Dr. Adler’s orchestral music includes five symphonies and a number of concertos. In these, he makes use of varied techniques including elements of serialism.

Dr. Adler’s vocal and choral music includes much written for Jewish liturgical use or otherwise of Jewish inspiration. At the same time, he has written music that is more lighthearted, including settings that range from Catullus to Dr. Seuss. Dr. Adler’s operas include the moving The Outcast of Poker Flat, The Wrestler and the music drama The Lodge of Shadows.

Dr. Richard Putney
An associate professor of art history at The University of Toledo, Dr. Richard Putney teaches ancient art, medieval art, and the history of architecture. He earned bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in art history at the University of Delaware.