6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, R.H. Johnson lecture Hall; $10 fee

Join Baruch Koritan for a retrospective of the many ways musicals have impacted social change 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 Berlin’s “As Thousands Cheer,” Blitzstein’s “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,” Lancelot in “Camelot,” “Paint Your Wagon” and Caiaphas in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He has performed Academy Award winning songs with Judaic Orchestra at Tempe Center for the Arts and holiday songs at Phoenix Symphony Hall. He studied piano privately at Philadelphia Institute of Music, where he also pursued voice theory and composition. 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 a teatime pianist at Phoenician Resort for seven years.

For more information and to register for classes, contact EXPLORE! Program Coordinator Tamra Stark at 623-544-6194 or email You can also register online by visiting suncitywest.comand selecting Explore! under Things To Do.