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.

2021-22 Free Public Programs, in-person and virtual

During this program year, we are thrilled to present a variety of learning and listening opportunities online and in-person. This year, we will bring you a number of original curated programs, in addition to a variety of workshops and programs giving participants the opportunity to meet and engage with musicians about their work. We will also offer academically oriented programs and book talks.

See an outline of our program year here
See an outline of our program year here
See an outline of our program year here
Dec 9 Thu
5:00pm
Free
masterclasses
Klezmer Workshop with Kurt Bjorling
Learn klezmer repertoire with the talented and versatile musician, Kurt Bjorling, who performs on basset-horn, bass clarinet, ‘tsimbl,’ saxophone, and accordion, is noted for a penetrating understanding of ‘klezmer’ music. He is the music director of the Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, founded in 1984.
Zoom
Dec 12 Sun
9:30am
Free
lectures-symposia
Kol Nidre: Audio-Visual Dramaturgies - Part 4
A 4-part Interdisciplinary Conference Series on the Relationships between Religion and the Arts, organized by Prof. Mark Kligman (UCLA) and Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich (The University of Haifa) Part 4: Kol Nidre’s Many Spaces: From the Synagogue to the Archive The Kol Nidre ritual event and its depictions in literature, music and film provide valuable examples
Zoom
Jan 11 Tue
5:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
Italian Opera for the Yiddish-Speaking Masses in Early 20th-Century America
This lecture delves into the interconnections between the Jewish and Italian opera spheres in the early 1900s, showing how Ivan Abramson capitalizes on the cultural overlap between the two immigrant groups as simultaneously outsiders and insiders in the world of opera to promote his popular price company.
Zoom
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 easy to deliver, fully prepared lesson on a broad range of musically related topics. Each lesson is designed to engage participants in adult education programs to think about the American Jewish experience through stories of the evolving nature of Jewish music.

Learn more and see Stories of Music lessons here.
Learn more and see Stories of Music lessons here.
Learn more and see Stories of Music lessons here.
An Introduction to "Conversations: Words and Music from the American Jewish Experience"
Conversations aims to open a dialogue about the persistence of memory and change in Jewish music and the use of the sounds of the past to address keenly felt needs in the present.
Conversations: The Kwartin Project
In the narration of his life story, Kwartin presents a serious childhood illness as an emotional pedagogy that trained him to communicate the traumas of the Jewish community.
Conversations: Dispatches from Brooklyn
Working with elder Chassidic women, musician and activist Ira Temple encountered transcendent possibilities and complicating limitations in attempting to construct a community centered on female musical desires and homosocial flourishing.
Engaging Students in Music of American Jewish Experience
Engaging Students in Music of American Jewish Experience

As a university-based Center, we are committed to providing opportunities for students to explore and participate in Jewish music in a multiplicity of ways. View this video to learn more.

Celebrating Klezmer &
Yiddish Music

The 2020-21 program year provided a celebration of Yiddish song and music. Participants met and listened to the music of master fiddlers, a clarinetist and trumpeter. They learned how to play and sing Yiddish songs and participated in a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the creations of the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, and more

Watch videos from past events
Watch videos from past events
Watch videos from past events
Showcasing Women Who
Create, Appreciate and
Elucidate Music

With the launch of Women’s History Month 2021, we began highlighting contributions of women to the world of music. Programming gave participants the opportunity to meet with women in the forefront of their respective musical genres – from classical to klezmer.

WATCH VIDEOS FROM PAST EVENTS
WATCH VIDEOS FROM PAST EVENTS
WATCH VIDEOS FROM PAST EVENTS
2020-2021 Virtual Public Programs

This past academic year, the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music was pleased to present five distinct series of virtual Jewish music programs. Many videos of past programs may be found on our YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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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 Center for Music of American Jewish Experience for supporting this exploration, engaging all UCLA and the community beyond.

Meet Our Team
Meet Our Team
Meet Our Team
Inna Faliks: Music, History and Identity
Inna Faliks, the renowned concert pianist, and professor and head of the piano department at the School of Music reflects on how music helped her connect more deeply with her Jewish heritage.
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.

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