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Black Sabbath: Klezmer, Blues, Blacks & Jews


The collaboration of Black and Jewish composers and performers created a rich body of American music. Examples of black artists that sang Jewish songs are: Cab Calloway, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Johnny Mathis. The concert also features Negro Spirituals that connect to Jewish themes such as “Go Down Moses.”

Leonard Bernstein: The Man and His Music


An overview of one of the greatest American Jewish musicians of the 20th century. His life and music were deeply affected by his Jewish roots. His three major symphonies, popular songs, interfaith mass, and Broadway shows are peppered with Jewish themes and ideas addressing faith and love.