African Americans and Jews with music historian Saul Lilienstein

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Date(s) - Sunday, April 23, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Temple Beth Ami


In a time of lynchings, of religious quotas, of Jim Crow law, and restricted neighborhoods, musicians of color and musicians of Jewish heritage reached out to each other and played from the same score. Some of the music performed at this time directly addressed the deep divisions in American society, while some of it was significant simply by virtue of the artists who came together to create it. In this lecture, using recordings and film, Saul Lilienstein presents some of America’s most important musical voices of the 1920s and 30s, all of whom were either African-American or Jewish: Marian Anderson, Harold Arlen, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Aaron Copland, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Paul Robeson, Artie Shaw, Teddy Wilson and many others. Together, they lifted their voices and their instruments toward the hope of creating a better America.

This event will be co-sponsored by and held at:
Temple Beth Ami
4330 Travilah Road
Rockville, Maryland 20850

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