August 09, 2016
There are many threads that resonate throughout Jewish history, in one way or another impacting our lives today. Two such threads that have regrettably persisted are destruction and expulsion; so much so, that there is a three-week period dedicated to their contemplation.
July 27, 2016
Ask the question “Who is the greatest Jewish composer?” and many will say Ernest Bloch. The Swiss-born Jew, who became an important figure on the American scene, composed a host of works connected to his Jewish identity and the liturgy.
July 13, 2016
What started out as instrumental music to be played at Jewish events has become an art form so closely associated with Jewish tradition that it’s often the first music that comes to mind when we think of a Jewish celebration.
June 22, 2016
Utter the name Darius Milhaud (1872–1974) and American Jewish music might not be the first thing that comes to mind. The prolific composer, known for polytonality and aleatoric approaches to composition, grew up in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France.
June 08, 2016
The early sunrises and late sunsets of summer are not just a sign of the passage of time, they’re also a reminder that wedding season is upon us (and not just because of the song from Fiddler on the Roof).
May 17, 2016
The land of Israel and all that it symbolizes has long loomed large in the American Jewish imagination, but this was especially true in the years surrounding its establishment of statehood.
May 12, 2016
Rabbi Morton M. Leifman, a highly respected scholar, educator, and member of the Milken Archive's Editorial Board, has died. An obituary posted by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency lists the date of death as May 5th.
May 04, 2016
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) begins tonight. Just as Jews around the world finish celebrating the exodus from Egypt, we are faced with one of history’s most tragic events.
May 04, 2016
Composer Ursula Mamlok, known for music that marries conventional tonality to a modernist aesthetic, died on May 4, 2016. She was 93 and visiting Berlin. Mamlok wrote over 75 works, including compositions for orchestra, chamber ensemble, chorus, and soloist.
March 29, 2016
Jazz is widely considered America’s most important contribution to the world of music. So it’s hardly any wonder that Jews—who not only acculturated themselves to the American experience but quickly began to shape its soundscape—played a role in jazz’s development and popularization.
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