On the Horizon: The Folk Revival in Jewish Music
To the casual observer, the 1948-49 season of Jewish music seemed no doubt a remarkably prosperous one. Numerous concerts, recordings, first performances, new composers, publications, all gave the impression of a lively activity which, in proportion to the size of its audience, surpassed that in American music by far.
Among the concerts, the annual festival activities of the National Jewish Music Council, which is sponsored by the National Jewish Welfare Board, made the biggest splash. The highlights of this festival, which took place in February and March 1949, were: the opening “Salute to Israel Day”; a transcribed radio program, “The New Road,” broadcast by the major networks and also beamed abroad to Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America; a concert at Carnegie Hall of excerpts from the opera Hechalutz by Jacob Weinberg; and a New York YMHA presentation of A. W. Binder’s oratorio Israel Reborn.
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