This fascinating program features the many and varied contributions of Jewish musical artists. It traces the struggles and triumphs of Jewish musicians in America by exploring their life histories and the events that impacted their art. Learning about individual lives of musicians deepens understanding of artistic contributions.
Live performances, as well as recordings, lectures and discussions, create an animated and meaningful program.
Jewish musicians have had a profound impact on the music of the United States and the rest of the world. They have influenced many different forms of music, from classical to jazz to Klezmer.
These innovative musicians have also been leaders in some of the most important musical developments of the 20th and 21st centuries. For example, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin and Benny Goodman were three of the biggest influences on American popular music. Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein, who had a flair for the dramatic, educated more American audiences about classical music than any other musician in history.