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May 5 2024

Yehudi Wyner: A 95th Birthday Celebration Concert

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A message from the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience:

Dear Friends,

This past week at UCLA has been a challenging one. We’ve seen our beloved campus riddled with hatred and violence.  Access to our campus was restricted due to the very difficult circumstances.The team at the Lowell Milken Center and our colleagues came together to make the best of a difficult situation.Professor David Lefkowitz has generously let us temporarily turn his home into a rehearsal space, office, and recording studio in order to proceed with the Yehudi Wyner residency plans. The coaching sessions for our students, the recorded historic coaching of Yehudi's father Lazar Weiner's Art Songs, have gone beautifully.

The campus is resuming the regular class schedule and event programs. The Schoenberg Music Building is open, and we will move forward with our Sunday event, Yehudi Wyner: A 95th Birthday Celebration Concert in Lani Hall at 4 pm. The concert event will be live-streamed as planned if you wish to view from home, you can view the event via livestream, select the Lani Hall tab.

If there is to be a theme for our Center, it is resilience and strength. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, in person or online, to honor the very special Yehudi Wyner.

Yehudi Wyner: 95th Birthday Celebration Concert

The Lowell Milken Center for Music of  American Jewish Experience at the Herb Alpert School of Music celebrates the 95th birthday of Pulitzer Prize-winning American composer and pianist Yehudi Wyner with a concert of his chamber music performed by UCLA students and graduates. The selections were chosen by the Lowell Milken Center’s Neal Stulberg, UCLA Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies.

Awarded the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for his Piano Concerto, “Chiavi in mano,” YEHUDI WYNER is one of America’s most distinguished musicians. His  large body of work, including both “cosmopolitan” and Jewish-inflected music, encompasses all musical genres, over 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensemble, solo voice, solo instruments, piano, chorus, and music for the theater, as well as liturgical services for worship. His recording The Mirror on Naxos won a 2005 Grammy, his Piano Concerto, “Chiavi in Mano,” on Bridge Records was nominated for a 2009 Grammy, and his Horn Trio (1997) was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Yehudi Wyner has also had an active career as a solo pianist, chamber musician collaborating with notable vocal and instrumental colleagues, teacher, director of two opera companies, and conductor of numerous chamber and vocal ensembles in a wide range of repertory. Keyboard artist of the Bach Aria Group since 1968, he has played and conducted many of the Bach cantatas, concertos, and motets.

Born in Western Canada, Yehudi Wyner grew up in New York City. He came into a musical family, his father is Lazar Weiner, renowned for the Yiddish art song genre, and was trained early as pianist and composer. After graduating from the Juilliard School with a diploma in piano, Yehudi Wyner went on to study at Yale and Harvard universities with composers Paul Hindemith, Richard Donovan, and Walter Piston. He is married to conductor and former soprano Susan Davenny Wyner.

“Yehudi Wyner finds an affirmative view of the world through a critical acceptance of life’s realities, and this becomes an entirely genuine and edifying part of his music. He  writes music because he has something inside him to communicate.” New York Arts Magazine

In addition to the concert, Wyner will spend a week of residency at the school in coaching sessions for student composers and chamber music, as well as preparation for a student undergraduate concert.

“In music and in life, we do well to honor our elders,” notes Stulberg. “ In presenting this and similar residency programs, the Milken Center aims not only to preserve the heritage of music of American Jewish experience, but to renew its energy, vibrancy and impact for future generations.”


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This event is free and open to the public. Please register using the link above. Registrants will be given priority seating up to 15 minutes prior to the performance but this does not guarantee a seat.


This event is FREE! No RSVP required. Early arrival is recommended.


Self-service parking is available at UCLA’s Parking Structure #2 for events in Schoenberg Music Building and the Evelyn and Mo Ostin Music Center. Costs range from $4 for 1 hour to $15 for all day. Evening rates (after 4 p.m.) are $3-$5 for 1 to 2 hours and $10 for all night. Learn more about campus parking.


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is eager to provide a variety of accommodations and services for access and communications. If you would like to request accommodations, please do so 10 days in advance of the event by emailing ADA@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu or calling (310) 825-0174.


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Food and drink may not be carried into the theaters. Thank you!


The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music acknowledges the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and So. Channel Islands). As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to the Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders) and ‘Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.