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Making a home for Jewish music

June 15, 2003|Chris Pasles

The Santa Monica-based Milken Family Foundation has entered into partnership with the record label Naxos American Classics on a plan to preserve the rich legacy of American Jewish music.

The idea is to issue an ambitious, multiyear recording series covering concert, liturgical and popular music. The series, titled "The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music," is to be launched in September with five compact discs.

The first batch will include highlights from Kurt Weill's 1937 stage work "The Eternal Road"; klezmer concertos and encores; works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco; the first volume of songs from the American Yiddish stage; and a sample highlights disc.

Plans call for future releases to feature everything from complete synagogue services to folk and popular music.

-- Chris Pasles

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