A Survey of the History of Jewish Music from Biblical Time to Contemporary Blues and Hip Hop.

News item published on: 2011-07-26 10:45:00

Presenter: Rabbi Uri Barnea

Date: August 11, 2011

Time: 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Location: Cook Library 105A (Next to Starbucks)

Description: The second event connected to the traveling exhibit In a Nutshell: the Worlds of Maurice Sendak takes place August 11 in Cook Library. Local Rabbi Uri Barnea will discuss and demonstrate the rich tapestry of Jewish music and its development over 4,000 years. Barnea, who holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Conducting and Composition, will use rare recordings and live performance on the violin, recorder, and vocals to explore the heritage of Jewish music. The Rabbi is currently with Congregation B'nai Israel in Hattiesburg, MS. For more on Barnea visit hattiesburgsynagogue.org/wordpress/bio.

The event is free and open to the public.

The traveling exhibition In a Nutshell: the Worlds of Maurice Sendak explores the influence of Jewish culture and history in the work of renowned children's book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. Sendak is best known as the illustrator of over 100 children's books, including Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. University Libraries enhances the exhibit with key pieces drawn from the internationally-known de Grummond Children's Literature Collection. Original works from such Jewish authors and illustrators as H.A. and Margret Rey, Ezra Jack Keats, Nonny Hogrogian, and Tana Hoban will be on display in the de Grummond Exhibit Room, Cook Library.

In a Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak was organized by the Rosenbach Museum & Library, Philadelphia, and developed by Nextbook, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting Jewish literature, culture, and ideas, and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The national tour of the exhibit has been made possible by grants from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, the Righteous Persons Foundation, the David Berg Foundation, and an anonymous donor, with additional support from Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life.