Exhibits & Performances

A Fine Romance: Jewish Songwriters, American Songs, 1910-1935
The Mizel Museum and the CU Health Sciences Library are co-presenting A Fine Romance, a traveling exhibition that tells the story of Jewish composers, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, who made indelible contributions to the American popular music repertoire. The best composers of this period combined a genius for melody and a talent for finding the perfect words. A large number of them were Jewish, from families who immigrated to America in the 1800s, or had fled persecution in Europe.

Monday, March 12, 4:00 pm, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Health Sciences Library Reading Room
Opening Reception featuring a presentation by Thomas L. Riis, PhD, including music and fascinating back stories, composers’ lives, questions and social issues surrounding the development of one of America’s most original music traditions.

Monday, March 19, 4:00 pm at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Research 2 Building Trivisible Room, a Colorado Hebrew Chorale Concert, featuring a variety of songs from the American songbook.

For the campus location, map and parking info CLICK HERE

Audacious & Unusual Tales from Around the World
March 25, 4:00-6:00 pm at the Mizel Museum

Muriel Bloch, one of France’s greatest Jewish storytellers comes direct from the Grand Boulevards of Paris to dazzle our adult audience with treasures from her magnificent eye into the shtetls of Europe and the steppes of Mongolia. This program is in partnership with Rabbi Severine Sokol and Neal Sokol. Wine and cheese reception following program.

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Muriel Bloch

Muriel has been telling stories for over 30 years and has traveled extensively with her performances. Her repertoire is eclectic and includes “recycled” traditional tales and original stories. Muriel initiated the “Paris sur Paroles” for the Paris Quartier d’Été festival, where storytellers choose unusual places like luxury hotels, cemeteries, banks, town hall, wedding halls, warehouses to perform. On request of the Festival d’Automne in Paris, she brought together 15 storytellers from all over the world to perform in their own languages. She has participated in festivals all over the world and is the author of over 20 books. Visit Muriel’s website. It’s in French but it’s worth a visit!


No Way Out Performance & Reception
April 1, 4:00 pm at Su Teatro

Stories on Stage collaborates with the Mizel Museum in a professional staged reading of No Way Out by Susan Shear. At once ordinary and extraordinary, No Way Out not only documents one family’s struggle to survive but gives us insight into the stories of thousands of Jews who attempted to flee Germany during the Nazi regime. Told in their own words, it is the story of how ordinary people try to understand their circumstances amid deception and confusion; how they maintain a semblance of normality during the worst of times, and make painful decisions based on little information. The play No Way Out relies primarily on segments of over 50 letters to tell a complex, moving story in a dramatic form.

The performance will be followed by a special reception honoring Mizel Museum’s Holocaust educators and a talk-back with the actors.