Creating New Jewish Music: Biblical Inspiration to Modern Musical Epic

April 14, 2021

What does it take to create a new work of Jewish Music on a biblical scale?

In the case of the oratorio, David's Quilt, it takes an intriguing idea, a diverse team of talented composers, a passionate lyricist, dozens of musicians and performers, and a few years of dedication to a common vision.

Originally conceived by Cantor Phil Baron (founder and director of the Max Helfman Institute), the project was developed with the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at UCLA (now the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience, or "MAJE"). Ultimately involving dozens of artists over the course of two years together, the endeavor culminated in a standing-room-only concert in 2017.

Get an inside look into how David's Quilt was brought to life, with a short documentary, composer spotlight videos, and several numbers from the performance itself, now on our website.

Explore the Making of David's Quilt

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