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

Overview of program year of Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience

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During the 2021-22 program year, the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is 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. Finally, we will also offer academically oriented programs and book talks.

Get a sense of our featured artists and scholars below.

The program year is made possible by the Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

Learn to Play Workshops
Learn to Play Workshops

These virtual workshops invite attendees to work with specialists to develop their musical techniques in diverse examples of Jewish heritage music.

Concerts and Curated Programs
Concerts and Curated Programs

These programs reflect the kinds of unique offerings made possible by the resources, expertise and partnerships of the Lowell Milken Center. In addition to those listed here, we will launch a series of short concerts on video. Details to follow.

  • October 17 – Los Angeles Jewish Symphony performance of ‘Women of Valor’ (in-person & virtual)
  • TBD – Chamber Music of Julius Chajes
  • May 15 – 100th Anniversary of Mickey Katz’s Bar Mitzvah (virtual)
  • March 31 – Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell recital (in-person)
  • May 19 – Re-inventing Rumshinsky project (in-person & virtual)
  • Date TBD – Jewish American Responses to the Holocaust: A Chamber Music Concert (in-person & virtual)
  • May – a weekly video series called ‘Secret Chord Concerts’ featuring live music of Jewish music artists in partnership with the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History
Academic programs
Academic programs

This year features two academic series open to the public, book talks and the inaugural Lowell Milken Center Lecture.

  • Series:

Kol Nidre: Audio-Visual Dramaturgies organized by Prof. Mark Kligman (UCLA) and Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich (The University of Haifa) and featuring multiple scholars from around the world (virtual series)
September 12, October 10, November 14 and December 12

How Do You Say “Bravo” in Yiddish?: Italian Opera for the Yiddish-Speaking Masses in Early 20th-Century America featuring Daniela Smolov Levy, Ph.D (virtual series)
January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12 and May 10

  • Inaugural Lowell Milken Center Lecture featuring Prof. Michael Beckerman (NYU)
    “Hugo Haas’ Big Secret–Hiding Pavel and Hiding the Holocaust.” (in-person & virtual)
    Date TBD
Meet the Musician
Meet the Musician

These programs invite audiences to engage with some of the artists who forge new directions in the world of Jewish music. Artists will discuss their work and inspirations along with sharing their music.