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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