Lowell Milken Center

for Music of American
Jewish Experience

 

Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience

An Academic Home for Music of the American Jewish Experience

1402 Schoenberg Music Building
(310) 825-3650

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We do not accept unsolicited proposals for performance or research projects. However, as it is aligned with our mission, we are eager to learn about new music in all genres, forms and styles, in addition to new scholarship in the field of Jewish music, in order to have the opportunity to share it with others. Please send information to: infomilkencenter@schoolofmusic.ucla.edu.

Furthering knowledge and understanding of Jewish music

Music of American Jewish experience has its first permanent dedicated academic home with the establishment of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience. It unites the academic and the artistic, showcasing artists, scholars and educators to share their sounds and stories. The founding gift from philanthropist Lowell Milken advances understanding of and knowledge about the musical heritage of Jews in America. It also accelerates growth and commitment to the field by contributing to research, scholarship and performance programs at the undergraduate, graduate and faculty levels. The Lowell Milken Center builds upon the activities of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music, established at UCLA in 2017, to expand the reach of the Milken Archive and its vast holdings of recordings, scores and historical materials to students, scholars and the public.

Creating new audiences with music as the mirror

The Lowell Milken Center is committed to introducing new people beyond UCLA’s campus to the musical journeys of America’s Jews and engaging them with this wonderfully rich musical heritage. The Center fosters new artistic expression, presents performances and offers educational programming in communities, such as the adult education curriculum, called Stories of Music. Much of this engagement happens through partnerships with local, national and international organizations, and features artists from UCLA, Los Angeles and beyond.

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 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
Jun 2 Wed
4:00pm
Free
To Bigotry No Sanction: An Exclusive Virtual Screening
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.
Jun 3 Thu
5:00pm
Free
Album Drop: Trumpeter Ben Holmes
Join Trumpeter Ben Holmes as he engages with attendees and explores the inspirations behind his newest album, Naked Lore.
Zoom
Showcasing Women Who
Create, Appreciate and
Elucidate Music

With the launch of Women’s History Month, we begin highlighting contributions of women to the world of music. These next months provide the opportunity to meet with women in the forefront of their respective musical genres – from classical to klezmer.

All events are free and broadcast live through Zoom or on our YouTube channel. Register through Zoom in order to engage with these artists. 

You will find the videos from each of these events on this page once the events have taken place. Enjoy!

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2020-2021 Virtual Public Programs

This year, the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is pleased to present five distinct series of virtual Jewish music programs. Take a look at our currently scheduled programs and be sure to join our email list so that you may receive notifications about all of our upcoming programs.

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Celebrating Klezmer &
Yiddish Music

This program year provides a celebration of Yiddish song and music. Come meet and listen to the music of master fiddlers, a clarinetist and trumpeter. Learn how to play and sing Yiddish songs. Participate in a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the creations of the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, and more. It’s all yours for the taking.

Learn more, register for upcoming events and watch videos from past events
Learn more, register for upcoming events and watch videos from past events
Learn more, register for upcoming events and watch videos from past events
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 Lowell Milken Fund for supporting this exploration, engaging all UCLA and the community beyond.

Meet Our Team
Meet Our Team
Meet Our Team
Stories of Music:
Turnkey Adult Ed Curriculum

Stories of Music is a turnkey adult education project of the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.  Our goal is to provide prepared lesson plans on a broad range of musically related topics to engage members of synagogues to think about the American Jewish experience through stories of the evolving nature of Jewish music.

Explore Stories of Music
Explore Stories of Music
Explore Stories of Music
UCLA launches Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience
UCLA has opened North America’s first permanent academic home for the study of music of the American Jewish experience. Housed in the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, the new Lowell Milken Center for Music of Jewish Experience will foster artistic creativity, scholarship, performance and other cultural expression, thanks to a $6.75 million gift from the Lowell Milken Family Foundation.
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Announces Fall 2019 Season
Grammy-nominated saxophonist Chris Potter, and jazz vocalist Fay Victor, are just two of the artists who will be part of the music school’s Fall 2019 season.
Jewish Journal - Jewish Composer’s Works Get New Life
READ: The Jewish Journal profiles The Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music's lecture and concert program "From India to Indiana," which focused on the extraordinary life of Jewish emigré composer Walter Kaufmann.

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