Lectures & Workshops


At Yale College reunion with (left to right) Professor Joan Panetti and fellow alumni Conrad Cummings, composer; James Baker, professor emeritus of music, Brown University; and Anthony Tommasini, chief classical music critic at The New York Times.

Paul Green has blended his musical excellence with a remarkable academic background to create a series of exciting lectures, which delve into musical topics with interesting anecdotes and facts. Depending on your time constraints and budget, he can easily turn these lectures into lecture-demonstrations with accompanying musicians. These informative and educational sessions will be appreciated by anyone with an interest in music and are perfect for both academic and more social settings.

Paul Green offers lectures on the following subjects:


A Musical Tribute to Jewish Musicians
It’s not a coincidence that many of your favorite standards and compositions were works by Jewish artists.  Composers and musicians have had a profound impact on the music of the United States and the rest of the world. And they have influenced many different forms of music, from classical to jazz to Klezmer. George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Benny Goodman, Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein have all been leaders in some of the most important musical developments of the 20th and 21st centuries. How and why did that happen? Paul Green will enlighten you with performance excerpts and a compelling lecture. read more

The Music of Bernstein and Gershwin
These two 20th-century giants straddle the classical and popular idioms. Bernstein had a through training in classical music, but had a lifelong love of jazz and Broadway. Gershwin came from the other side, plugging popular tunes for a publishing house, but he also composed an opera, piano concerto and the immortal Rhapsody in Blue. How were they similar, and how were they different?  Paul Green will give you a musician’s-eye view of the music produced by these two geniuses. read more

Jewish Art Music from Biblical Times to the Present
What is Jewish art music? Paul Green has a definition, and follows the trail of its development from its earliest days before the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, through the Renaissance, up to today. Green plays musical examples (live and recorded), and the lecture usually culminates with the ultimate question: what makes Jewish music Jewish? read more

Klezmer Workshops

Paul Green is available to groups or individuals wishing to learn how to play in the klezmer style. He offers:

  • Sessions with instruction, coaching and student concerts.
  • Introduction to the vast klezmer repertoire.
  • Private lessons.

“The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) is very grateful to you for teaching your course during our Summer 2008 semester. Your contribution of talent and time supports OLLI as it continues to develop its vibrant learning program for mature learners in the Berkshire County area.The rave reviews continue. Thank you so much.”

Barbara Hochberg, Executive Director
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)
at Berkshire Community College Pittsfield, MA