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In Their Own Words

Leo Kraft


Explore the life and legacy of the composer through his 1999 interview with the Milken Archive

 

FEATURED MUSIC

VOLUME 1

Jewish Voices in the New World

The Song of Prayer in Colonial and 19th-Century America

VOLUME 2

A Garden Eastward

Sephardi and Near Eastern Inspiration

VOLUME 3

SEDER T'FILLOT

Traditional and Contemporary Synagogue Services

VOLUME 4

Cycle of Life in Synagogue and Home

Prayers and Celebrations Throughout the Jewish Year

VOLUME 5

The Classical Klezmer

Rebirth of a Folk Tradition

VOLUME 6

Echoes of Ecstasy

Hassidic Inspiration

VOLUME 7

Masterworks of Prayer

Art in Worship

VOLUME 8

Sing Unto Zion!

In Praise of a Jewish National Home

VOLUME 9

The Art of Jewish Song

Yiddish and Hebrew

VOLUME 10

Intimate Voices

Solo and Ensemble Music of Jewish Spirit

VOLUME 11

Symphonic Visions

Orchestral Works of Jewish Spirit

VOLUME 12

Legend of Toil and Celebration

Songs of Solidarity, Social Awareness, and Yiddish Americana

VOLUME 13

Great Songs of the American Yiddish Stage

Yiddish Theater, Vaudeville, Radio, and Film

VOLUME 14

Golden Voices in the Golden Land

The Great Age of Cantorial Art in America

VOLUME 15

Swing His Praises

Jazz, Blues, and Rock in the Service of God

VOLUME 16

Heroes and Heroines

Jewish Opera

VOLUME 17

Odes and Epics

Dramatic Music of Jewish Experience

VOLUME 18

Psalms and Canticles

Jewish Choral Art in America

VOLUME 19

Out of the Whirlwind

Musical Reflections of the Holocaust

VOLUME 20

L'DOR VADOR

A Celebration of Youth

EXPLORE MUSIC

HIGHLIGHTS

MILKEN ARCHIVE RECORDING

Danse de Salomé

SHORT DOCUMENTARY

Spotlight Series: Theodore Bikel

MILKEN ARCHIVE RECORDING

Chants and Elegies for Tisha b'av

TABLET

Yiddish Folk Song in Classical Music

UCLA MAJE

Secret Chords Concert Series

Short concerts from celebrated Jewish musicians representing a broad range of styles, heritages, and histories. Recorded live in front of intimate audiences in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.

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FEATURED CONTENT

MILKEN ARCHIVE ARTIST

Artist Spotlight: Cantor Ida Rae Cahana

Cantor Ida Rae Cahana was raised in Pittsburgh, where at age seventeen she became the first woman in the tri-state area to be featured in a synagogue as a cantorial soloist.

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COMPOSER INTERVIEW

Leo Kraft on the Proverb of Solomon

Leo Kraft discusses the inception and various versions of his Proverb of Solomon, composed in 1953 for the chorus of the Hillel Foundation at Queens College.

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VIRTUAL EXHIBIT

Great Songs of the American Yiddish Stage, Part 1: Abraham Ellstein

Abraham Ellstein was born on New York’s Lower East Side in 1907. Serving as a boy chorister in local synagogues exposed him early on to the intricacies of cantorial art, or hazzanut. He received his early musical training at the Third Street Settlement House and sang in the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus. He is said to have written a short opera at the age of eight.

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ENSEMBLES

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CONDUCTORS

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SPECIAL FEATURE

Musical Echoes of Ukraine in the American Jewish Experience

ORAL HISTORY

The Malavsky Sisters

MILKEN ARCHIVE ALBUM

Dave Brubeck

SPOTLIGHT SERIES

Dr. Noreen Green

SPECIAL FEATURE

Getting Started with the Milken Archive

DOCUMENTARY

Klezmer Concertos and Encores

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