As the Sunset Concert Series continue during August, make a note to attend the August 19, 2010 concert titled “Jews On Vinyl”.
Johnny Mathis (born John Royce Mathis, September 30, 1935) is an American singer of popular music. Mathis is an avid golfer who lives in the Los Angeles area.
Mr. Mathis will take the stage at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles to receive an award and retell the lost story of how he came to record his belting version of “Kol Nidre.” His appearance at the Skirball, where the Idelsohn Society exhibition “Jews on Vinyl” is currently on view, takes place August 19, as part of an evening long concert program, Jews on Vinyl Revue, featuring Hedva Amrani, Fred Katz and Sol Zim.
Jews on Vinyl Revue
Produced by the Idelsohn Society
Thursday, August 19, 8:00 p.m.
Free admission; no reservations
Parking: $5 per car carrying three or more people, otherwise $10 per car (cash only)
Street parking strictly prohibited
Or take Metro Rapid Bus 761
Limited seating available
L.A. debut! This intergenerational collaboration of young local musicians and musical legends features international singing star Hedva Amrani, a rare appearance by visionary jazz pioneer and cellist Fred Katz, and Sol Zim (the “Tom Jones” of cantorial music). Backed by a house band led by L.A. guitarist David Green, this evening of song is not to be missed! Presented in association with the Idelsohn Society for Musical Preservation.
Click here for additional detail on the Sunset Concerts at the Skirball series.
“Who were we to kvetch? [The Revue] sounded great. You don’t have to be Jewish to dig Jewish music.” —Huffington Post
Jews on Vinyl
Bagels and Bongos
The Barry Sisters
Batman and Rubin
On view now through September 5, 2010
Included with Museum admission: $10 General; $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students; $5 Children 2–12; Free to Members and Children under 2; Free to all on Thursdays
To create this multisensory exhibition, guest curators Roger Bennett and Josh Kun embarked on a far-reaching journey, scouring the country to collect thousands of vinyl LPs from attics, garage sales, and dusty archives. Pieced together, these scratched, once loved, and now forgotten audio gems tell a vibrant tale: the story of Jews in America.
Based on Bennett and Kun’s findings, Jews on Vinyl spans the history of Jewish recorded music from the 1940s to the 1980s, weaving an account that begins with sacred songs and ends with the triumvirate of Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, and Barry Manilow. Set in a retro 1950s-style living room equipped with listening stations, the exhibition features a soundtrack of LP highlights—much of it no longer available in any format—providing an unprecedented opportunity to experience lost moments in American Jewish pop history and new perspectives on Jewish identity. Complementing the music will be an abundance of often kitschy and surprising album art to discover and enjoy!
The exhibition was developed in association with the publication And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl: The Jewish Musical Past As Told By the Records We Have Loved and Lost (Crown, 2008), a project of the non-profit Idlesohn Society for Musical Preservation, which reissues select classic recordings and has created a digital online home for Jewish musical memory in an attempt to restore missing legacies to our contemporary view of Jewish America.
JEWS ON VINYL HAS BEEN ORGANIZED BY THE CONTEMPORARY JEWISH MUSEUM WITH GUEST CURATORS ROGER BENNETT AND JOSH KUN. THE EXHIBITION HAS BEEN MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF KENNETH AND ANNA ZANKEL. ADDITIONAL SUPPORT HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY HOWARD RICE NEMEROVSKI CANADY FALK & RABKIN, A PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION.
IMAGE CREDITS (top to bottom):
Bagels and Bongos, Irving Fields Trio, Decca, 1959. Courtesy of Josh Kun and Roger Bennett.
Shalom, The Barry Sisters, Roulette, 1962. Courtesy of Josh Kun and Roger Bennett.
Batman and Rubin, Marty Allen and Steve Rossi, Mercury, 1967. Courtesy of Josh Kun and Roger Bennett.