Music and the Jewish Immigrant Experience: Jewish Sources in the Music of Gershwin, Copland, & Bernstein

JCC of Greater Washington

Dates: Every Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - January 31, 2012
Time: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Speaker: Saul Lilienstein

A former student of Leonard Bernstein, Saul Lilienstein holds B.A. and M.S. degrees in music from Queens College, NY.

"Music and the Immigrant Experience" will focus on the work created in this country by Jewish immigrants, reflecting their adjustments to a modern American environment and the ways in which mainstream American music itself changed because of them. Among the various musicians to be presented, two of the composers (George Gershwin and Leonard Bernstein) whose work bridges the generations and cultures will be highlighted, revealing the Jewish roots in their music.

Suggested Reading:

  • Klezmer: Jewish Music from Old World to New World, H.Sapoznik, Schirmer Books (1999)
  • The Essential Klezmer, S.Rogovoy, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill (2000)
  • The Downtown Jews: Portraits of an Immigrant Generation, R.Sanders, Dover Publications (1969)
  • George Gershwin, His Life and Work, H.Pollack, University of California Press (2006)
  • Leonard Bernstein, H.Burton, Faber and Faber (1994)

Due to the popularity of this program, online registration is now closed. If you wish to RSVP for this program, please call the office at 301-770-4787 or send an email to [email protected]

Presented by the Ammerman family in honor of the hundredth birthday of Josephine Ammerman

Program is held at and co-sponsored by:

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road
Rockville, MD 20852
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2200B Baltimore Road, Rockville, Maryland 20851 Phone: 301-770-4787 Email: [email protected]