The music of early Hollywood composers, including Arnold Schoenberg, Ernst Toch, Erich Korngold, Andre Previn, Kurt Weill, Eric Zeisl and others, will be featured in a concert performed by Ensemble for These Times, a music chamber group consisting of award-winning soprano, co-director and co-founder Nanette McGuinness, Van Cliburn competitor pianist Dale Tsang and cellist Anne Lerner-Wright.
The program will frame the story of the new film industry, which was in its early days as Jews were escaping Europe. As opportunities for Jewish musicians there were drying up over there, it is no surprise that they came to Hollywood to build their lives anew in America. These Jewish emigré composers established the “Hollywood” film score style that we hear today, many of whom went on to win multiple Academy Awards. Their art songs will be featured in this program.
This event is made possible by the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. This event is also sponsored by Hillel Council at UCLA and the Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts.