Jewish Contributions to American Music with Miles Hoffman

Monday, February 5, 2018 @ 11:00am
The Society of the Four Arts

Part I at 11 a.m. – What is Jewish Music?

Using examples from the cantorial repertoire, Yiddish song, and the works of such composers as Mahler, Bloch, Aaron Copland, and Gershwin, Miles Hoffman discusses what makes Jewish music Jewish – or not. He’ll examine Jewish history, culture, and psychology to explain the abundance of Jews in the ranks of great musicians in the last 100 years. 

Part II at 2:30 p.m. – Leonard Bernstein and Jewish Culture: A Complicated Musical Relationship 

Leonard Bernstein was one of the greatest American composers and one of the greatest Jewish composers. He wrote works in Hebrew, and also a work called “Mass.” He loved his role as music director of the New York Philharmonic (which had a large percentage of Jewish musicians) and he was also inordinately proud to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic (an orchestra with a disgraceful anti-Semitic history). Was his music Jewish? It’s complicated. 

Miles Hoffman is the founder and violist of the American Chamber Players, with whom he has toured throughout the United States for three decades, and the author of “The NPR Classical Music Companion: An Essential Guide for Enlightened Listening,” now in its tenth printing. He has appeared frequently as viola soloist with orchestras across the country, and his performances on YouTube have received more than a half million views. 

As music commentator for NPR’s flagship news program, Morning Edition, he is heard by an audience of nearly fourteen million listeners, and his radio modules, A Minute with Miles, are a daily feature of South Carolina Public Radio, other networks around the country, and NPR Podcasts. A graduate of Yale University and the Juilliard School, Mr. Hoffman has served as a featured lecturer for orchestras, universities, chamber music series, festivals, and other organizations, and his talks on Jewish music have educated and entertained audiences all around the country.

Tickets: $25 per lecture | $40 for both lectures

No charge for Four Arts Members

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Schedule & Tickets

$25-$40 · Call 561-655-7226

Monday, February 5, 2018 @ 11:00am · tickets · add to calendar 2018-02-05 11:00:00 2018-02-05 14:00:00 America/New_York Jewish Contributions to American Music with Miles Hoffman The Society of the Four Arts, 2 Four Arts Plaza, Palm Beach, FL, 33480

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