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PROVOCATIVE BROADWAY AND ITS IMPACT ON SOCIAL JUSTICE, 3-5pm, Tuesday, March 19, RH Johnson lecture Hall; $10 fee.
Join Baruch for a retrospective of the many ways musicals have impacted social change, mores and challenged the status quo while bringing artistic beauty to the stage. We will examine the music, creative teams and public response to shows such as Berlins’ As Thousands Cheer, Blitzsteins’ The Cradle Will Rock, Hair, Hamilton and the songs of Rogers and Hammerstein, Kern, Brooks and Sondheim. Musical selections will be performed by the instructor and a soprano.
Instructor Baruch Koritan has extensive musical theater credits, including the title roles in Most Happy Fella, Sweeney Todd, (Arizona premiere), Lancelot in Camelot, Paint Your Wagon (Windmill Dinner Theatre) and Caiaphas in Jesus Christ Superstar (Mesa Amphitheatre). He performed Academy Award winning songs with Judaic Orchestra at Tempe Center for the Arts and holiday songs at Phoenix Symphony Hall. His video of touring Broadways shows was presented at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium and he has been teaching classes about Broadway/Hollywood composers and personalities since 2010. He studied piano privately and at Philadelphia Institute of Music, where he also pursued voice, theory, and composition. A Marine Corps veteran, Mr. Koritan studied humanities at University of Madrid. In addition to singing Opera and other genres, Baruch was conductor-pianist for Don Cornell, Roberta Sherwood and Ernie Menehune; pianist for the Victor Lombardo and Frankie Carle orchestras, and was teatime pianist at Phoenician Resort for seven years he has sung our national anthem before a Phoenix Suns home game and performed for presidents and royalty.