Opening Night a Success!

The opening of A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965 was a tremendous hit!

"The State Messengers"

Over 50 people attended an evening that began with the sound of jazz tunes played by the ensemble The State Messengers with Dr. Michael Brown and Myra Wingo. Songs such as “Fly Me to the Moon”, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”, and “Summertime” flowed from both the piano and trumpet as people mingled, enjoyed good food, and some even danced!

Following the music, Bob Schwartz presented “Mississippi: The Secret Home of the American Jewish Song”.  Schwartz discussed the influence Mississippi had on many of the Jewish composers during this era although many probably never even visited the state! Everyone enjoyed asking questions and chatting with Mr. Schwartz following his talk.

Bob Schwartz

The next event in the series celebrating the national exhibit A Fine Romance will be Monday July 18th at 6pm when Dr. Stuart Rockoff will explore “The History of Jews in Mississippi”.

All events are at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library and are free and open to the public.

For more information about upcoming events visit

The exhibit and events are sponsored by the American Library Association, Nextbook Press, the Mississippi Humanities Council, and the Friends of the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library.

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1965 was developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.

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  1. What a great event–congratulations on the beautiful music and Mr Schwartz’s presentation–his reading of the lyrics to “Stardust” brought tears to the eyes. And, the exhibits on Jewish songwriters and customs of worship are grand–Thank you Columbus Public Library and Staff Mona Vance and Alice Shand–Brenda Caradine, Chair Tennessee Williams Tribute and Tour of Victoria Homes

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