Challah Back: A History of Jewish Music in the U.S. and Beyond

Instructor: Emily Spreiser

Tuesday, August 8, 7:00–9:00 pm

From Babylon to jazz, klezmer to crooners — come learn how the story of music in the U.S. is a multi-ethnic, multi-lingual one, influenced by generations of Jewish immigrants. We will look at classic favorites like Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, and Leonard Bernstein as well as the unexpected influences of Jewish artists who are an untold part of music history, including French jazz, a Catholic mass, and secret Yiddish folk songs banned by the Nazis. We will also explore the central role music has played in the history of the Jewish people and Jewish identity for artists.

Emily Sprieser is a musician and professional nerd. She has been singing all her life, and has also been Jewish all her life.

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Each Little Academy class takes place in the private, second-story space at Bourbon, a laid-back and top-notch watering hole in the heart of Adams Morgan. We have full access to the bar and kitchen downstairs. And arrive a little early to shoot the breeze and take advantage of happy hour, which runs till 7pm.

Every class is two hours long and one night only. Curiosity required.

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