Thirty-nine people attended the December eighth MCJC “Let’s Have Fun Together” Program: Charles Troy’s presentation, “Irving Berlin: The Ultimate Jewish Immigrant.”
The show was highly entertaining and informative, and the audience learned the fascinating story of how a five year old Russian immigrant boy by the name Israel Isidore Baline grew up to become Irving Berlin, one of the greatest songwriters in American history.
The presentation focused on Irving’s Berlin’s life between 1893 and 1925 and featured twenty-five songs that Irving Berlin wrote between 1907 and 1925. Each of the songs sung during the show was wonderful, and two of them were show stoppers: “Alexander’s Rag Time Band,” sung by Max Morath and “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-seven Dollars,” sung by William Cantor.
Special thanks to Bruce Weiss, Co-Chairman of the MCJC “Let’s Have Fun Together” Committee, for organizing this event and for covering the promotional costs of the show and the cost of printing the show’s tickets and programs.
Special thanks to Burl and Annette Cohn for “people-ing” Will Call. Special thanks to Trish Atwater for being the show’s usher. Special thanks to the following people for providing refreshments and for setting up the refreshment social that took place immediately following the presentation: Ellen Morton, Trish Atwater, Burl and Annette Cohn, Bruce and Marian Weiss, and Ilene Kaye. Special thanks to the Communications Committee for all their work promoting the event. And lastly special, special thanks to Gene Lindow for setting up the audio visual equipment that is needed to actually do the show.
The show realized a $240 profit for MCJC after paying Charles Troy’s fee of $300. Thanks everyone for joining us. Hope to see you at our next event!