This year, for what would have been Leonard Bernstein’s 101st birthday, we celebrate the maestro’s legacy by sharing 101 stories from you, our community.
That Marvin David Levy (1932–2015) once described composing as a “lifetime apprenticeship” reflects the reality that he was rarely satisfied with his work and subjected it to constant revision. His works were premiered and then withdrawn, many of them reworked and rereleased years or even decades later.
Part four of our "Symphonic Music of Jewish Experience" virtual exhibit—now live on our website—focuses on Symphonic Songs inspired by Torah, Psalms, ancient and modern Israel, and life in the diaspora.
In our second installment of Fathers and Jewish Music, we interviewed composer David Amram about the impact that his father had on his life and career.
*A Father's Influence on a Storied Career* The road to a successful career in music—and Jewish music in particular—is anything but easy. As in most cases, the role that parents play in the success of a music artist is near impossible to quantify, but cannot be understated.
*Our latest Jewish Music Bulletin includes a new oral history video featuring Moshe Ganchoff, Pulitzer Prize-winner Julia Wolfe's latest project, and more. * *The Cantor's Art* There’s a reason hazzanut is referred to as “cantorial art. ” Learning its intricacies takes years; perfecting it, decades.
It is one thing to create art rooted in the greatest tragedy in modern history. It is another to face that history, retracing it, with your work at the apex of the experience for its survivors and new generations.
Passover is a time to remember the Jewish people's journey from bondage to freedom. With the seder's rich, interactive theatrical experience, the holiday has been called "the most celebrated and beloved of Jewish home rituals. " And apropos of its theatrical nature, those rituals often include music.
Part three of our multi-part virtual exhibit "Symphonic Music of Jewish Experience"—now live on our website—focuses on suites drawn from Hasidic life, Jewish legends and the promise of Zion. All of history can be viewed as a series of events that tell a greater story.
Women have had an immeasurable impact on the world of Jewish music, across its many genres; expanding and making it more relatable to a broader swath of contemporary Jewish and non-Jewish audiences.