March 20, 2018
The Festivals of Passover and Hanukkah share a few things in common. Both are associated with important historical narratives. And both often coincide with Christian holidays that also have some significance in the secular world.
March 12, 2018
Tablet Magazine's feature story today details the 50-year history of a jazz sacred service titled Hear O Israel, the definitive recording of which is part of the Milken Archive's permanent collection.
March 06, 2018
Given his upbringing and background, it is not surprising that Samuel Adler has led such a distinguished life in music.
February 06, 2018
In the annals of American Jewish music, no name looms larger than Leonard Bernstein. And for good reason. Aside from being a world-class conductor, Bernstein was a revered educator and celebrated composer, equally lauded for his work on the stages of both concert halls and theaters.
January 26, 2018
Photo Credit: Mark Allan/Barbican/LSO via Bachtrack On the night of January 13, 2018, Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra gave an incredible live performance of the Genesis Suite.
January 23, 2018
The meaning and impact of a good song depends upon the delicate interdependence of music and words. Melody carries and nuances a text’s meaning, and words can influence how we hear music.
January 09, 2018
Jewish history is filled with legends. Moses’s parting of the Red Sea. Abraham’s binding of Isaac. Due to their inherently dramatic nature, many of those legends have been set to music as cantatas, oratorios or operas.
November 28, 2017
Thanksgiving just passed here in the U. S.
November 20, 2017
One year ago today, the world lost Ben Zion Shenker, a rabbi, cantor and composer who had been dubbed “the greatest living figure of Hassidic music.
November 07, 2017
This past Sunday concert-goers in Los Angeles were treated to the world premiere of David’s Quilt—a monumental new work based on the biblical story of David. Created by 15 composers of varying backgrounds, the 90-minute oratorio is a significant addition to the repertoire.
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