Bonita Boyd (Photo by Kate Lemmon)
Bonita Boyd (left) began her professional career at the age of 21,
making history as the youngest principal flutist in a major U.S. orchestra at the time. (Source)
[I got involved] through an extensive recording project under the direction of American composer Samuel Adler [and a member of the Milken Archive’s Editorial Board].
I am so thrilled to have been able to record and to perform many wonderful compositions by Jewish composers over these last 30 years since recording a number of works for the Milken Family Foundation. One of my favorite works of great meaning is the Bernstein Ḥalil, which was the first recording done in the chamber version. I have performed it many times in many venues. In addition, I have been so blessed to be included in an annual concert at the Eastman School of Music, organized by concert violinist Renee Jolles to bring to the public works of composers from the Holocaust. This has been a rich and meaningful experience each May on Holocaust Remembrance Day. I am committed to continuing to bring works of Jewish composers to the public, particularly in this recent time, when it is more important than ever to remember.
The delight of recording Leonard Bernstein's Ḥalil with wonderful colleagues and Samuel Adler officiating!
From Leonard Bernstein: A Jewish Legacy
Bonita Boyd (middle) with students of her International Flute Masterclass at the Eastman School of Music, 2016.
I believe that the Milken Archive is of vital importance in allowing the great body of music by Jewish composers to be heard by audiences today.
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