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To Bigotry No Sanction: An Exclusive Virtual Screening

This is a free, prerecorded event, no registration required. On June 2 at 4pm PT | 7 pm ET, watch the event here: bit.ly/ki-tbns

Presented by Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel (KI) in Philadelphia, in partnership with the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Music, To Bigotry No Sanction is a magnificent musical work based on George Washington’s historic letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island, composed by Jonathan Comisar. Comisar’s stunning new cantata embodies touchstones of Jewish and American music in an orchestral/choral setting. This professional performance conducted by Kensho Watanbe features members of The Philadelphia Orchestra and a multicultural choir representing 17 languages.

The program includes introductory readings by renowned historical interpretive actor Dean Malissa as “George Washington” and a post-performance discussion with Jonathan Comisar and KI Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, PhD, a professor of American Jewish History, moderated by Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Sam Katz of History Making Productions.

“I love the way that the music starts out by evoking ancient Jewish sadness only to erupt into the excitement of fife and drums in the new American setting brought about by the Constitution. You save your most momentous music for Washington's most profound words---to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance---and you invest them with all the weight and majesty they deserve.”  Ron Chernow, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Washington: A Life

May 16 Sun
1:00pm
Free
The Art of Unaccompanied Yiddish Singing with Ethel Raim and Sarah Myerson
Join the world renown Yiddish vocalists Ethel Raim and Cantor Sarah Myerson in this fascinating workshop that will explore the vast repertoire and unique style of unaccompanied Yiddish song. This series is about connecting to your own voice, and the rich history of Yiddish vocal music.
Zoom
May 16 Sun
3:00pm
Free
contemporary
18 From ‘20: Preludes and Fugues by Composer David S. Lefkowitz
Professor David S. Lefkowitz, sheltering at home during the summer of 2020, wrote ten preludes and fugues. In two of those pairs, the prelude and the fugue were combined into one, resulting in a total of eighteen pieces from the original twenty. This performance will present the world premiere of the entire set.
Online
May 21 Fri
11:00am
Free
classical, contemporary, jazz, world-music
UCLA Gluck Fellows Showcase Concert
Join us for the culmination of the 2020-21 UCLA Gluck Fellows program. The Gluck Showcase Concert features performances from different UCLA Gluck Ensembles for an audience of K-12 students from partner schools throughout the LA area. 
Online
May 23 Sun
1:00pm
Free
The Art of Unaccompanied Yiddish Singing with Ethel Raim and Sarah Myerson
Join the world renown Yiddish vocalists Ethel Raim and Cantor Sarah Myerson in this fascinating workshop that will explore the vast repertoire and unique style of unaccompanied Yiddish song. This series is about connecting to your own voice, and the rich history of Yiddish vocal music.
Zoom
May 23 Sun
3:00pm
Free
student-recital
Philip Hoch DMA Recital
Philip Hoch, a student of Professor Christoph Bull, presents a DMA organ recital.
Online