In the dramatic cantata, Ariel: Visions of Isaiah, composer Robert Starer depicts the triumph of Jerusalem as related in the Book of Isaiah. In that story, Isaiah prophesies that the city will be purged of evil forces in preparation for God's rule.
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the premiere performance of Dave Brubeck’s The Gates of Justice, a civil rights era cantata emphasizing the spiritual and historical parallels of Jewish and African Americans.
*This promotion has ended! Please enjoy our playlist below. * Te-ki-ah. The onomatopoeia of the word instantly brings to mind the sounds of the shofar, the Mussaf service and the celebration of a Jewish new year.
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 His works were premiered and then withdrawn, many of them reworked and rereleased years or even decades later.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.