Rabbi Morton M. Leifman, a highly respected scholar, educator, and member of the Milken Archive's Editorial Board, has died. An obituary posted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency lists the date of death as May 5th.
Composer Ursula Mamlok, known for music that marries conventional tonality to a modernist aesthetic, died on May 4, 2016. She was 93 and visiting Berlin. Mamlok wrote over 75 works, including compositions for orchestra, chamber ensemble, chorus, and soloist.
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) begins tonight. Just as Jews around the world finish celebrating the exodus from Egypt, we are faced with one of history’s most tragic events.
Jazz is widely considered America’s most important contribution to the world of music. So it’s hardly any wonder that Jews—who not only acculturated themselves to the American experience but quickly began to shape its soundscape—played a role in jazz’s development and popularization.
Hugo Weisgall’s earliest memory involved singing in a synagogue choir on Yom Kippur. He was three years old. His father—a cantor—was at war. His aunt and uncle had just received word that their son was missing in action.
One might say that Herman Berlinski led many lives; and if not for the intervention of fate or righteous individuals, he may not have survived most of them.
Bruce Adolphe is a man of many voices: an author who has written about the complexities of music perception, a presenter who has delighted Lincoln Center audiences (Inside Chamber Music) and baffled public radio listeners (Piano Puzzlers), and, finally, a composer of chamber and orchestral music, operas, song cycles, and...
In 1492, even as they were attempting to eradicate Jews from the Iberian Peninsula—ending the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry—Ferdinand and Isabella inadvertently set into motion events that would lead to the founding of a lasting safe haven and new golden age of Jewry.
Aficionados and fans know that good music rewards repeated listening, and that is certainly true of the Milken Archive's extensive collection of music of American Jewish experience.
Most music connoisseurs know him for his guitar music. His compositions became famous through Andre Segovia, who performed them around the world. Movie buffs know him for his work on some 250 film scores.