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THE DETROIT JEWIS H NEWS — Friday, March 15, 1963 —

What Is Jewish Music?

By JASON H. TICKTON
This year's Jewish Music
Month theme is "Bridging the
Continents Through Israeli and
American Jewish Music."
What makes music "Jewish?"
Is it because the composer hap-
pens to be born Jewish? That
would mean that more than half
of the popular tunes of today, in-
cluding many dance melodies,
would be Jewish because many
"Tin Pan Alley" composers are
Jewish.
Is it because a composition is
based on a Jewish theme? That
would mean than an opera like
"Nabucco" would be a Jewish
opera. But that particular Verdi
opera expresses the Italian
spirit. The or atorio "King
David" by Arther Honegger is
based on a Jewish theme of the
Bible, but it does not contain
Hebrew melodies.
Jewish composers, vocalists
and instrumentalists have made
important contributions to music.
Among the Jewish composers
have been such men as Leonard
Bernstein, Aaron Copland and
George • Gershwin of the United
States, Felix Mendelsohn and
Jacques Offenbach of Germany,
Darius Milhaud of France, and
Castelnuovo-Tedesco of Italy.
Yet the music of many Jew-
ish composers is lacking in
Jewish spirit. Some Jewish
composers were completely ab-
sorbed into the culture about
them. .
Through assimilation and con-
version they were lost to the
Jewish= people and they contri-
buted little to Jewish music.
. The music of Mendelssohn is
a good example of 19th century
German Romanticism, not of
Hebraic music with Jewish

Commonwealth Bank
Names Dakin, Davis
as Trust Officers

Heading the expanded Trust
Department at Bank of the
Commonwealth,- Herbert W. Da-
kin and Clarence A. Davis have
been named trust officers.
The announcement was made
by Howard P. Parshall, presi-
dent, at the bank's annual share-
holders' meeting held recently.

Herbert Dakin Clarence Davis

The bank has also named at-
torney Robert C. Murphy as
counsel for the Trust Depart-
. ment. Murphy is also on the
teaching staff of the University
of Detroit Law School.
The Trust Department has its
quarters at the main office,
Griswold corner Fort, in a suite
arranged to serve the special-
ized requirements of Trust De-
partment customers.
Clarence A. Davis is a vet-
eran banker, with a score of
years' service with-Bank of the
Commonwealth. He headed the
bank's Warren-Prairie Office
for many years, has been active
in local and national banking
groups and in the American In-
stitute of Banking of which he
is a member of the National Ex-
ecutive Council.
Herbert W. Dakin comes to
the Bank of the Commonwealth
with a background of many
years in handling trusts and
estates. His most recent associa-
tion was with the Lasalle Na-
tional Bank, Lasalle, Ill. He is
a member of the Detroit Bar
Association.
Mrs. Ruth Silverman, 20130
Wakefield, has been named
staff secretary for the Bank of
the Commonwealth Trust De-
partment.

themes and the spirit of the
Jewish people through the ages.
Jewish music is not a technique;
it is more than augmented sec-
ond intervals or the minor scale.
It is in the music of Ernest
Bloch, a contemporary Jewish
composer (1880-1959) that one
hears Jewish music. Bloch has
definitely expressed his Jewish
heritage in much of his music,
particularly his liturgical selec-
tions and his concert religious
music. An inner voice, he once
wrote, surged up within him as
he read certain passages of the
Bible. It is this inner feeling he
expressed in his music. Bloch
has created a Jewish music, a
feeling for Jewish ideals and
aspirations in the very same way
that the great Polish composer
Chopin created Polish music, or
the Russian composer Tschaikow-
sky composed Russian music.
Following Bloch's example has
come an upsurge of Jewishness
in music. For instance, Leonard
Bernstein, conductor of the New
York Philharmonic Symphony
Orchestra, has written his "Jere-
miah" Symphony, and the French
Jew, Darius Milhaud, has com-
posed a Sacred Service, and an
opera, "David."
Jewish music is music com-
posed by men giving voice to
the heritage of their people.
It is the expression of their
Jewish roots, Jewish ideas,
Jewish values.
The following list includes the
more important Jewish compos-
ers, conductors and performing
artists:

SYMPHONIC MUSIC COMPOSERS
Paul Ben-Haim,—S wee t Psalmist
of Israel; From Israel Suite; Leonard
Bernstein — Jeremiah Symphony,
some liturgical works; Ernest Bloch
—Schelomo, Voice in the Wilderness,
Suite Hebraique, Baal Shem Suite,
Israel Sympnony, Sacred Service
"Avodas Hakodesh." Max Bruch-
Kol Nidre for cello and orchestra.
Arnold Schoenberg — Moses and
Aaron, The Survivor from Warsaw,
Kol Nidre for speaker and orchestra..
Irving "Berlin, George Gershwin,
Marc Lavry, Darius Milhaud, George
Bizet, Jacques Halevy, Gustav Mah-
ler, Jackues Offenbach, Aaron Cop-
land, Jerome Kern, Jacob 1Vleyerbeer,
Maurice Ravel, Anton Rubinstein,
Camille Saint-Saens.
LITURGICAL MUSIC COMPOSERS
Achron, Adler, Binder, Bloch,
Chajeg, Coppersmith, D a v i d s o n,
Eisenstein, Ephros, Freed, Frohman,
Fromm, Goldfarb, Grauman, Haas,
Helfman, Idelsohn, Jacobi, Janowski,
Lewandowski, Moses, Piket, Samin-
sky, Schalit, Spicker, Sulzer, Tick-
ton, Weinberg, Weiner, Werner,
Zilberts.
CONDUCTORS
Leonard Bernstein, Walter Dam-
rosch, Arthur Fiedler, Edwin Gold-
man, Boris Goldovsky, Andre Kos-
telanetz, Serge Koussevitzky, Eugene
Ormandy, Fritz Reiner, George Szell,
Brono Walter. •
VIOLINISTS
Mischa Elman, Jascha Heifetz,
Fritz Kreisler, Yehudi Menuhin,
Nathan Milstein, Mischa Mischakoff,
Isaac Stern, Joseph Szegeti, Efrem
Zimbalist.
PIANISTS
Leonard Bernstein, Leon Fleischer,
Myra Hess, Vladimir Horowitz,
Mischa Kottler, Wanda Landowska,
Oscar Levant, Arthur Schnabel,
Arthur Rubinstein, Rudolph Serkin.
VOCALISTS
Kurt Baum, Alma Gluck, Igor
Gorin, Alexander Kipnis, Martha
Lipton, Robert Merrill, Jan 'Peerce,
Jennie Tourel, Richard Tucker,
Leonard Warren.
VIOLINCELLISTS
Emanuel Feuer m a n n, Gregor
Piatigorsky, Paul Olefsky.

JWV Activities

.

Gail Roggin to Wed Israeli Vice-Consul to Address
_Robert Irilensky
Closing Event of Histadrut Drive

MISS GAIL ROGGIN

At a recent family dinner-
party, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Rog-
gin of Cherrylawn Ave., an-
nounced the engagement of their
daughter, Gail Susan, to Robert
I Joel Wilensky, son of Dr. and
1Mrs. Thomas Wilensky of East
Lansing.
The bride-elect is a junior at
the University of Michigan,
where she is affiliated With Delta
Phi Epsilon sorority. Her fiance
is a graduate of the U. of M.
and now attends its School of
Medicine. lie is affiliated with
Phi Delta Epsilon medical fra-
ternity. An August wedding is
planned.

!Men's Clubs

CONG. BETH SHALOM
MEN'S CLUB will hold a "Din-
ner With Dad" program 6:30
p.m. Tuesday at the synagogue.
Dinner will be served to fathers
and their sons and daughters.
Featured will be a professional
dance exhibition and contest,
Magical Mel and Roger Brown,
tackle for the Detroit Lions.
In charge of the program are
Max Katz, Jerry Efros, George
Tarnoff and Gary Kogan. The
affair is being catered by the
sisterhood. For tickets and in-
formation, call the synagogue.

* * *

CONG. BETH EL MEN'S
CLUB will present Sylvan Le-
bow of New York, executive di-
rector of the National Federa-
tion of Temple Brotherhoods
and the Jewish Chautauqua So-
ciety, 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the
synagogue.

CONG. BETH A B RA H A M
MEN'S CLUB will present an
address on "Higher Education
and the Space Age" by Leonard
Woodcock at its breakfast forum,
10 a.m. Sunday, in Beth Abra-
ham Synagogue. Woodcock is
vice-president of UAW-CIO.

Israel Reports
Find of 'Phosphate
Reserves in Negev

JERUSALthVI-, (JTA) — Gov-
ernment officials reported the
discovery . of an ore stratum
with Proen.reserves - of 15,000,-
000,-tons of phosphates, one 'of
ISr,aerk most valuable exports.
Prof: Jacob Bentzur, director
of the government's geological
institute,' said the stratum had
been found south of Ar4ci in
southern' ISrael in a .'Snivey
which was started in DeceMber
1961. He added that the find
indicated the possible existence
of _another _ 105,000,000 tons of
phosphate in the area.
Laboratory tests indicated
that the first extractions were
rich in phosphorus. Professor
Bentzur said that nowhere in
the new find was the phosphate
more than seven inches under
the surface of the earth. The
experts have recommended set-
Socialites to Dance
ting up seven mining fields
Detroit Socialites will hold a along the route of the stratum,
dance 8:30 p.m. Sunday at which is a few miles north of
Cong. Gemiluth Chassodim.
the Beersheba-Sodom road.

BALE POST presents a din-
ner-dance 9 p.m. Saturday at
the Starlite Room, Calvert Cat-
ering. For reservations, call
Pete Yura, UN 4-5563.
* e
SOL YETZ-MORRIS COHEN
LADIES AUXILIARY will
meet Monday evening at the
home of Goldie Nelson, 20551
Huntington. President Jean
Friedman announces that sec-
ond nomination of officers will
be held. A fund-raising smor-
gasbord dinner will be held
March 24 at the Jewish War
Veterans Memorial Home,
under the chairmanship of Ann
Rubin. For information and
reservations, call Mrs. Rubin
at KE 5-4031; or Anne Wein-
stein.

The Histadrut drive will have
its official closing on March 28
at the Labor Zionist Institute.
Yosef Yaakov, Israeli vice-
consul in New York and direc-
tor of the Film and Radio Di-
vision of the Israel Office of
Information in the United
States, will be one of the speak-
ers.
Also appearing on the pro-
gram will be Cantor Reuven
Frankel of Cong. Shaarey Ze-
dek, who will be accompanied
at the piano by Mrs. Bella Gold-
berg.
The closing event will be pre-
ceded by intensive campaigning
to clean up all outstanding
cards. To help accomplish this,

Windsor Community
Council to Present
Jewish Music Festival

The Windsor Jewish Commu-
nity Council will hold a Jewish
music festival in celebration of
Jewish Music Month 8 p.m. Sun-
day at the Windsor Jewish Cen-
ter.
Featured will be Detroiters
Adele Brown, soprano, Sidney
Resnick, baritone, Cantor Simon
Bermanis and the Cong. Ahvas
Achim Sisterhood Choral Soci-
ety and the Zamarin, a quar-
tette of folk singers with gui-
tars in a program of Israeli and
Yiddish songs. Mrs. K. M. Trib-
ute will accompany Miss Brown
and Resnick. The public is in-
vited, free of charge.

the Campaign Council will hold
its second meeting 10:30 a.m.
Sunday at the Labor Zionist
Institute.
Following a short business
meeting, those attending will be
requested to spend the follow-
ing few hours by concentrating
on telephone calls and personal
visits to contributors who have
so far not responded. Breakfast
will be served.

.

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