May 24, 2018 - 4:00 pm
May 24, 2018 - 6:00 pm
Address314 Royce Hall View map
From whichever viewpoint we wish to examine Jewish music, we always come back to its role in transforming the mundane into the spiritual. In this lecture, Ben Amots will share his adventures and experiences from the time he served as Artistic Director of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity through the many years of service on the Milken Archive’s Editorial and Advisory Boards. Furthermore, he will explain his creative approach in dealing with the complexity of this subject, while playing several examples of his music including Celestial Dialogues, The Klezmer Concerto, Concertino for Clarinet, Mandolin, and Orchestra, as well as his chamber opera The Dybbuk.
OFER BEN-AMOTS (Colorado College)
Ofer Ben-Amots is an Israeli-American composer, currently serving as Professor and Chair of the Music Department in Colorado College. Ben-Amots started his music composition studies at Tel-Aviv University and continued with composition, music theory, and piano at the Conservatoire de Musique in Geneva and the Music Academy in Detmold, Germany. Upon his arrival in the United States in 1987, Ben-Amots studied with George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania where he received his PhD in music composition. His compositions are performed regularly in concert halls and festivals worldwide. He is the winner of major international competitions including the 1991 Kobe International Competition for Flute Composition in Japan, the 1994 “Vienna Modern,” The Aaron Copland Award, and many others. Ben-Amots’ works have been repeatedly recognized for their emotional and highly personal expression. The interweaving of folk elements with contemporary textures, along with his unique imaginative orchestration, creates the haunting dynamic tension that permeates and defines his musical language.
Moderator: Mark Kligman
Sponsored by the
UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies
UCLA Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music
Lectures Series made possible by The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music’s Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music
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