This is a conversation I hope to overhear a lot in the upcoming weeks:
Q: What are you doing on Sunday, June 27?
A: I'm going to hear Nina Deutsch (a graduate of Juilliard and Yale, a Carnegie Hall veteran, the first person to ever play all American music in concert in China, a correspondent of William F. Buckley from 1970 to 1979 & an occasional cruise ship performer, all rolled into one) bring the music & personalities of the great Broadway composers to life - including Gershwin, Rodgers, Kern, Berlin and Porter.
Yes, that's right, BHPL has gotten a grant. Classic Broadway is funded by The Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Whew.) Sing along to classic favorites such as Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, Always, and many others and learn biographical details about their composers.
This program is free and open to the public. The only catch is that this program is not going to be at the library. BHPL doesn't have a piano, so head over to the auditorium at the Berkeley Heights Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 35 Cottage Street. The program is on Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. and should last an hour.