*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.
Among the 200 composers in the Milken Archive are many whose music has lived and breathed primarily within the circumscribed world of Jewish culture—solid, capable composers who did not achieve fame or recognition in the general music world.
*Shana tova! We hope your 5779 is off to a meaningful and joyous start!* Welcome to the second edition of the Jewish Music Bulletin: music and news from our world and beyond.
Our new multi-part virtual exhibit "Symphonic Music of Jewish Experience" highlights the work of composers exploring Jewish roots, religion and identity on a symphonic scale. Part one, available today, features ten concertos by nine composers and spans nearly a century.
We're pulling out all the stops (and rests) in celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday later this month. In addition to our giveaway, we're sharing our popular Bernstein radio episode, a new free playlist, and your memories of Bernstein—which have given us joy and moved us to tears.
One of the most iconic Jewish figures of the 20th century, Leonard Bernstein was born August 25, 1918, in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Although he passed away in 1990, his legacy—including inspiring thousands of young musicians around the world—will live on for generations.
July 21st marks the three-year yarzheit (death anniversary) of actor, singer, Zionist and peace activist, Theodore Bikel. In celebration of his life and work, we are releasing a new Spotlight Series video that we recorded with Bikel and his wife Aimee who narrates the short documentary.
The question, "what do a rabbi, Jesus and Darius Milhaud have in common?" may sound like the setup to a joke. The punchline, in this case is both fascinating and revealing: they were Dave Brubeck's three most influential teachers.
The setting is Poland during the early years of the Second World War. A young woman and her parents hide as Jews are being rounded up into ghettoes and shipped off to concentration camps. The young woman gives birth to a child.
Jewish Heritage Month and Chamber Music Month is winding down, and we hope you've been enjoying daily additions to our Spotify playlist highlighting some of our favorite works in the genre.