THE SONG OF BETHLEHEM

Thirty years ago, as a student at Syracuse University, OHS’s Ken Goldstein visited the Buffalo, New York area and got a glimpse of how the closing of the local steel mill put thousands out of work and gutted a community. In the ensuing days, he penned a song called, “The Song of Bethlehem”, that he’s carried with him throughout his career and performed around the world. In 2017 he and his music collective, TLAH, played the song on the main stage of the revitalized Bethlehem Steel Stacks in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania during its annual summer concert series. Musikfest, a week long event, now attracts millions of visitors from around the world to the once decaying six acre former steel factory headquarters. The reunion lead to a partnership with Musikfest, its parent organization ArtsQuest, and PBS, and eventually a 30 minute film that explores both Goldstein’s journey back to Bethlehem and the Steel Stacks origin story. The Song of Bethlehem, the film, details one of the great community rebirths in the history of America; highlights its current programming; and gives insight into the future of its visitor center, museum, event spaces, and public and private offerings. In the years since its 2018 television debut, the film has become an invaluable marketing and promotional tool for the town, its tourism, and its national and global outreach.

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OHS and TLAH

OHS, in partnership with producer Jeremy Nelson, THE LA HUSTLE, and BMG, have created the Saturday Songwriter’s Society, a collective of songwriters, musicians, and producers who create original songs and soundtracks for series, specials, films, video games, commercials, and educational videos.