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.

Celebrating Klezmer & Yiddish Music
February/March 2021

The next two months are 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 moreIt’s all yours for the taking.

You will find the videos from each of these events on the ‘Celebrating Klezmer’ 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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Mar 2 Tue
5:00pm
Free
masterclasses
Famed Clarinetist David Krakauer Featured in Jewish Music Masterclass
Join David Krakauer, widely considered one of the greatest clarinetists on the planet, as he engages with attendees and shares the inspirations behind his compositions.
Zoom
Mar 4 Thu
5:00pm
Free
contemporary, lectures-symposia
Remembering Theodore Bikel - Actor, Activist, Idealist
Theodore Bikel (1924-2015) wanted to be known as 'the singer of his people'. In this program of storytelling and music, his wife, Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, along with Peter Yarrow and friends, pay tribute to the legendary Academy, Emmy, Tony and GRAMMY-nominated Actor and folksinger.
Zoom
Mar 15 Mon
5:00pm
Free
opera
FOR THE LOVE OF OPERA: CELEBRATING RBG’S 88TH BIRTHDAY
To mark the 88th birthday of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG), join us in celebrating with performances of some of her favorite opera arias, presented by the National Museum of American Jewish History, Opera Philadelphia, and the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.
Zoom
Mar 16 Tue
5:00pm
Free
classical
Julia Adolphe Featured in Jewish Music Masterclass
Meet Julia Adolphe, whose music is described as “alive with invention” (The New Yorker), “colorful, mercurial, deftly orchestrated” (The New York Times) displaying a “remarkable gift for sustaining a compelling musical narrative” (Musical America).
Zoom
Mar 25 Thu
5:00pm
Free
world-music
Album Drop: Clarinetist and Composer Michael Winograd
Meet clarinetist Michael Winograd, one of the most respected and versatile working musicians in klezmer music today, and get the inside story on his newest album.
Zoom
Apr 11 Sun
11:00am
Free
masterclasses
Klezmer Workshop featuring Dan Blacksberg and Deborah Strauss
Grab your fiddle and pull out your trombone for this fun instrumental workshop for all playing levels. Join Dan Blacksberg and Deborah Strauss, two of the klezmer world’s top instrumentalists, as
Zoom
Apr 15 Thu
6:00pm
Free
Klezmer Workshop featuring Dan Blacksberg and Deborah Strauss
For the second part of this workshop, you’ll be joining the UCLA Klezmer Ensemble in addition to Blacksberg and Strauss. Grab your fiddle and pull out your trombone again for
Zoom
Apr 20 Tue
5:00pm
Free
classical, masterclasses
Inna Faliks Featured in Jewish Music Masterclass
Meet Inna Faliks, the acclaimed Ukrainian-born American pianist and Head of Piano at UCLA, as she engages with attendees and explores the inspirations behind her compositions.
Zoom
Apr 25 Sun
4:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
Experiencing Jewish Music in New York: A Virtual Tour
Departing from a Lubavitcher niggun, this talk by Professor Tina Frühauf walks you to four corners of New York City and the Jewish musical cultures—past and present—of distinct neighborhoods, from Lincoln Center and Broadway to Forest Hills in Queens, from Harlem in the north down to the Lower Eastside in the south of Manhattan.
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 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
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
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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