Degenerate Music/Entartete Musik presentation and performance
6:00 p.m. Lecture | 6:45 p.m. Intermission and Reception | 7:15 p.m. Performance
Join Judah Cohen, PhD, along with Ben Schenck and the Panorama Jazz Band as they explore degenerate music in Germany during the Third Reich. Throughout his research, Dr. Cohen has focused on the idea of Jewish cultural expression as a dynamic and ever-changing process, created and re-created over time by artists, religious leaders, philosophers, and activists. He has aimed to understand this idea largely through the prism of sound, and its relationship to ideas of Jewish identity. Then hear a performance of “degenerate music” by Ben Schenck and the Panorama Jazz Band, made up of a clarinet, a saxophone, an accordion, a banjo, a tuba, and a drum set. The group’s repertoire draws on the most exciting music from around the world—funky New Orleans jazz, tropical rhythms of the Caribbean, and exotic melodies of Eastern Europe. The special exhibition will be open for viewing from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
For more information, call 504-528-1944 x 463.
About Panorama Jazz Band:
“From Eastern Europe to New Orleans, the panoramic view of the soundscape is pungently condensed to a hip and worldly mix where a freylekh meets a second-line, klezmer and more meets traditional jazz and then some. Live and acoustic, the Panorama Jazz Band is a rare sonic pleasure in the street or at a club.” Nick Spitzer, host of American Routes
About Judah Cohen:
Cohen received his doctorate from Harvard in 2002 and is now the Lou and Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Culture at Indiana University, Bloomington. In 2011, he received the Indiana University Trustees Teaching Award and the Greater Hudson Heritage Network Award for Excellence for his book Sounding Jewish Tradition: The Music of the Central Synagogue. Cohen’s research ranges broadly, from Jewish and American music to Caribbean Jewish history.
State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda is a traveling exhibition from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
This exhibition was underwritten in part by grants from Katharine M. and Leo S. Ullman and The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, with additional support from the Lester Robbins and Sheila Johnson Robbins Traveling and Special Exhibitions Fund established in 1990, and Dr. and Mrs. Sol Center. Local exhibition support provided by Goldring Family Foundation & The Woldenberg Foundation.
Presenting support provided by an anonymous donor.
Public programming for State of Deception courtesy of the Bleznick Family Foundation.
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