American Jewish Music from the Milken Archives with Leonard Nimoy
Summary: Leonard Nimoy hosts a 13-part series that celebrates the American Jewish tradition by exploring the extraordinary range of its music. Each program illuminates a major theme reflected in American Jewish music: biblical epics set to music by Kurt Weill and other 20th century masters; Jewish legends in tone poems, film scores and operas; sacred masterpieces and the great cantorial tradition; the joy of klezmer; symphonies and concertos based on Jewish themes; the mysteries of Sephardic music; Holocaust reflections; songs from the Golden Age of Yiddish Theater; and world premieres of recently discovered Jewish compositions by Leonard Bernstein.
Today we will look at theater music and popular songs from the American Yiddish tradition. From love songs and slices of life to nostalgic and sentimental favorites, this music captured the experience of Yiddish-speaking Americans in the early 20th century.
The continuation of this program brings to life an extraordinary episode in music history: the Genesis Suite with Biblically-inspired movements by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and five Jewish composers, in its first modern recording. Also heard: excerpts from Kurt Weill's legendary work, The Eternal Road.
This program brings to life an extraordinary episode in music history: the Genesis Suite with Biblically-inspired movements by Schoenberg, Stravinsky, and five Jewish composers, in its first modern recording. Also heard: excerpts from Kurt Weill's legendary work, The Eternal Road.
Leonard Nimoy further explores concertos by American Jewish composers, focusing on the music of Sholom Secunda and Jacob Weinberg.
The powerful Violin Concerto No. 1 by Joseph Achron is the major work on this program, in a performance by Elmar Oliveira with the Berlin Radio Orchestra conducted by Joseph Silverstein. Also included, a rediscovered piano concerto by Jacob Weinberg, and a viola concerto by the contemporary composer Paul Schoenfield.
Leonard Nimoy continues his exploration of American Jewish music, featuring the compositions of Yehudi Wyner and Joseph Rumshinsky.
This overview includes musical highlights representing the broad range of the entire series. It features an interview with philanthropist Lowell Milken, who created the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, as well as musical insights by the series' commentators: Seattle Symphony Music Director Gerard Schwarz and Dr. Neil Levin of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.