Lowell Milken Fund

for American

Jewish Music

Music as the Mirror

1402 Schoenberg Music Building
(310) 825-3650

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Sharing the sounds and stories that embody American Jewish Music

Jews came to America from Russia and Iran, Germany, India, Cuba – and many other parts of the globe. They came in the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Many traveled elsewhere before coming to America. Yet, they all brought with them the musical and cultural heritages of their countries of birth. Then things changed. How has the American experience shaped Jewish life and culture in America? Understanding the evolving nature of Jewish Music helps shed light (and sound) on that question.

Creating new audiences for the musical journeys of America’s Jews

The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music was established in 2017 to advance the field. Building upon the work of the Milken Archive of Jewish Music (founded in 1990), which is a collection of recordings, scores and historical materials that document the Jewish experience in America over the past 350 years, the fund serves as an academic partner to the archive. Its mission is to accelerate knowledge of and advocate for the field of American Jewish music by contributing to research, scholarship and programs in the field at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels. It is equally committed to engage new people with this wonderfully rich musical heritage by presenting free performances and symposia in the community. (Photos by Juantallo.com)

Mark Kligman
Mark Kligman
Message from the Director

Our Musical Journey

New Jewish Music is created every day; LA is the epicenter. With its incredibly diverse Jewish community, this is the best place to investigate how music reflects the American Jewish experience. We are deeply grateful to the Milken Fund for supporting this exploration, engaging all UCLA and the community beyond.

Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Meet the Team
Milken Fund for American Jewish Music Launches Program Year
The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music presents more than a dozen performances this academic year. Featuring special guest artists, world-class student performers and leading scholars in the field,
Research and Scholarly Events Advance Knowledge of Field of American Jewish Music
During the summer of 2018, two graduate student researchers were kept busy by the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music. One researched composers and their interrelationships across generations. The other focused exclusively on one composer, Max Helfman. 
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music presents a tribute concert, “Ahead of his Time: Benny Goodman.”
READ: The concert program, which features acclaimed clarinet soloist Ken Peplowski, a member of Goodman’s final big band, will include pieces from Goodman's now famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, as well as a selection of original work inspired by the King of Swing.
Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events

The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music presents more than a dozen performances this academic year. Featuring special guest artists, world-class student performers and leading scholars in the field, the menu of events offer audiences the opportunity to explore how Jewish music reflects the American Jewish experience over time and across the varied cultural influences which have shaped American Jewish life.

Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events
Calendar of Events
Nov 18 Sun
2:00pm
Free
contemporary, world-music
The Music of Emigres and Exiles in Hollywood
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
UCLA Hillel
Dec 9 Sun
4:00pm
Free
contemporary, world-music
Herschel and the Hanukkah Goblins - Live with Music!
You’ll love the live musical production of this classic Hanukkah fairy tale even more than the original book. Bring the whole family to see Herschel outsmart the Goblins. What kind
Wilshire Boulevard Temple
Jan 12 Sat
7:00pm
Free
world-music
Free Screening: Itzhak Perlman's "In the Fiddler's House"
As a launch to UClezLA, a free screening of the Emmy award winning documentary “In the Fiddler’s House” is offered. In this film, Itzhak Perlman gets personal and shares his