Master Classes & Workshops

Intercultural Connections Series with Mick Moloney: If it Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews


$20 general / $16 members

Wed, Mar 27, 2019



Box Office


Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


Taking its title and inspiration from a 1912 song composed by William Jerome (real name: William Flannery) and Jean Schwartz, “If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews” is an entertaining and insightful examination of cross-pollination in a bygone era of U.S. cultural history: when vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley flourished with the fertile contributions of Irish and Jewish songwriters, theatrical producers, and music publishers. The stories of former Broadway luminaries and a trove of archival film footage populate Dr. Moloney’s richly illustrated talk about the nimble wit, socioeconomic observation, exuberant rhythms, melodic charm, and sentimental appeal that defined this under-appreciated chapter of our musical heritage.

This is the second edition of Intercultural Connections, Dr. Moloney’s lecture series exploring the contributions of Irish artists in a global context.



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