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Central RED Society to Present “The Life and Music of Irving Berlin”

Featured: Central RED Society to Present “The Life and Music of Irving Berlin”

June 27, 2022

Central College’s Central RED Society will present “The Life and Music of Irving Berlin” with Jennifer Boerefyn Hart, a 1969 Central graduate, on Thursday, July 7.

Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. in Dave and Ardie Sutphen Common Room, Central’s Graham Annex. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall, Cox-Snow Music Center. The cost is $15, and a cash bar will be available during dinner only.

Heralded as “the greatest songwriter who ever lived” by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin composed more than 1,500 songs in his 101 years, including “White Christmas,” “God Bless America,” “Always” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” This presentation follows his life, his songs and the events that brought them into being.

Hart will share Berlin’s story. She had many early musical experiences singing and playing the piano and saxophone with her four older sisters. After receiving her music degree at Central, she taught elementary school music but soon found her calling — performing! Audiences have enjoyed her soulful voice from Sweden to Singapore, on cruise ships (including the Queen Mary for 10 years), jazz festivals and piano bars all over the world.

Central RED (Ready to Engage and Discover) is a volunteer-driven, lifelong learning and social organization with an abiding partnership with Central alumni and friends who wish to share knowledge, talents and experiences.

To celebrate Central RED’s 10-year anniversary, no membership fee will be charged from June 1, 2022, to May 31, 2023. All classes and workshops are available for the public to attend. You must register and pay meal costs in advance for each class you will be attending.

No affiliation with Central is required to join. For more information, visit central.edu/red or contact Mary Benedict by email at benedictm@central.edu or phone at 641-628-7641.