Wednesday 6 June
In 1933 the Nazi government began to implement its policy of discrediting Jewish musicians and censoring their music. As a result, many prominent composers left Germany and found safe haven in the United States. This lecture, by Professor Josh Jacobson, will provide an introduction to the liturgical music and fascinating careers of Arnold Schoenberg, Kurt Weill, Stephan Wolpe, Herbert Fromm, Heinrich Schalit and Max Janowski. It will also touch on the story of Paul Ben-Haim, who emigrated to Tel Aviv in 1933 and won the Israel Prize for music in 1957.
Josh Jacobson has held positions such as Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Northeastern University, Visiting Professor and Senior Consultant in the School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College, and founding director of the Zamir Chorale of Boston. He has guest conducted many ensembles, including the Boston Pops Orchestra and the Bulgarian National Symphony and Chorus. His published works include two books, dozens of articles, and over 100 compositions, editions and arrangements. Dr. Jacobson holds degrees in Music from Harvard College, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Cincinnati. He was honoured with a special award at the 2017 North American Jewish Choral Festival for his services to choral music.