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.
Though women have contributed in great measure to the civic, professional, and artistic lives of their communities, rarely have their contributions been acknowledged on a commensurate scale.
In the archives at the Library of Congress is a note that Lukas Foss received on his 55th birthday. The note, written on the stationery of one Leonard Bernstein, contains more than just a standard birthday greeting.
Part two of our multi-part virtual exhibit "Symphonic Music of Jewish Experience" is now live—picking up with a focus on Jewish symphonies. (Part 1: Concertos can still be viewed here.
*Our latest Jewish Music Bulletin includes a new composer spotlight, a jazz opera, Philip Glass, and a capella retelling of the Hanukkah story. * *Becoming Ofer* The latest installment in our “Spotlight” video series features composer Ofer Ben-Amots.
Thank you to all who entered our Eight Musical Gifts for Hanukkah giveaway! The promotion has now ended. This Hanukkah, and throughout the year, we want to give the gift of music to the world, so *we're sharing our 25-track Hanukkah music playlist on Spotify.
Like many, our minds are consumed today by Pittsburgh. By now, we all know the extent of the tragedy. And if we are honest with ourselves, we also know it’s not the last time we’ll gather in collective grief over something so pointless and inexplicable.
*Eight Composers • Endless Impact* With the High Holy Days officially behind us and Hanukkah seemingly just moments away, we wanted to take a few minutes to celebrate the artists who have made Jewish music in America (and around the world) what it is today.