with Cantor Susan Caro
Tuesdays, November 17, December 15, January 19, February 16, March 16, April 20, May 25
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11/17 – Jewish Music 101: What is Jewish Music, or, What Makes Music Jewish?
Let’s begin with ‘What is Jewish music? and how does Jewish music reflect and/or help me to better understand myself and my experience as a Jew living in the 21st century?
12/15 – The Art of Prayer: Western Art Music as Synagogue Sound
Since the Renaissance, Jews have risen to prominence in art music. This lesson explores the intersection of Western Art Music and Jewish music, and the influence it has had on the sound of synagogue worship.
1/19 – The Times They Are a Changin’, Part 1: Trends and Innovations in Jewish Music
In this session we will learn about innovations in Jewish music in America. Over this session and the next, we will look at music created in summer camps, youth groups, experimental congregations, concert venues and new forms of media, like YouTube, showing the dynamic and evolving developments of Jewish Music.
2/16 – The Times They Are A Changin’, Part 2: Innovators and Influencers
Continuing from the last session, we will explore three case studies whose music takes up the legacy of innovation, standing today at the forefront of an increasingly diverse Jewish American music scene.
3/16 – Jews, Jazz and Jewish Jazz, Part 1: Jews and Jazz
At the same time that Jews helped establish jazz as America’s art form, they also used it to shape the contours of American Jewish identity. Elements of jazz infiltrated some of America’s earliest secular Jewish music, formed the basis of numerous sacred works, and continue to influence the soundtrack of American Jewish life.
4/20 – Jews, Jazz and Jewish Jazz, Part 2: Jewish Jazz
We will look at how Jews’ relationship with jazz evolved from the 1960s through the present, specifically as it relates to Jewish identity.
5/25 – A Musical Light Unto The Nations: Ernest Bloch and Leonard Bernstein
In this session, we will delve into the issue of Jewish identity and the interface of our Jewish identity with the world around us by looking at two of the 20th century’s giants in the world of art music. We will explore the role their Jewish identities played in the creation of their music – as a window through which to look at our own Jewish identity.