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.

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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Jan 26 Tue
5:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
Music and Hebrew Infusion
Join Sarah Bunin Benor, Co-Author of "Hebrew Infusion: Language and Community at American Jewish Summer Camps" (2020), and sociologist Dan Lainer-Vos as they discuss the role of music in how camps infuse Hebrew in Jewish summer camps.
Zoom
Feb 14 Sun
11:00am
Free
contemporary, masterclasses, world-music
Klezmer Workshop and Concert Featuring Craig Judelman and Sasha Lurje
Dive deep into the relationship between instrumental and vocal style in this fun installment of the Klezmer Workshop Series featuring famed Klezmer fiddler Craig Judelman and sonorous Yiddish singer Sasha Lurje.
Zoom
Feb 16 Tue
9:00am
Free
contemporary, masterclasses
Jewish Music Masterclass featuring Daniel Kahn
Join Daniel Kahn, the Detroit-born, Berlin-based troubadour, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and inaugural recipient of the Theodore Bikel Artist-in-Residence by the Ashkenaz Foundation, as he engages with attendees and shares the inspirations behind his compositions.
Zoom
Feb 21 Sun
11:00am
Free
lectures-symposia
Possessed Voices: Aural Remains from Modernist Hebrew Theater
In this book talk, theatre scholar Ruthie Abeliovich of The University of Haifa discusses her new book Possessed Voices: Aural Remains form Modernist Hebrew Theater where she'll share her insights gained through her unique approach using 1920s audio recordings to investigate various plays, such as the Eternal Jew and The Dybbuk.
Zoom
Feb 23 Tue
5:00pm
Free
lectures-symposia
The Making of the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof with Zalmen Mlotek
Join Zalmen Mlotek, music director of the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof for a behind-the-scenes talk about the production, including images and videos. This version of the world-famous musical was directed by Joel Grey and was the runaway hit of the 2018-19 Broadway season in NY.
Zoom
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 16 Tue
5:00pm
Free
classical, masterclasses
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
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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