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The Series Explores a variety of American-Jewish Music in 13 two-hour programs

A new 13-part radio series - “American Jewish Music from the Milken Archives with Leonard Nimoy” - will begin web-casting on Naxos Web Radio ( channels 46 to 48 beginning in October 2005. The series, hosted by Leonard Nimoy, who has a deep and abiding love for his Jewish heritage, will feature music from the Naxos series the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music, exploring a different theme in each two-hour program, for a total of twenty-six hours of unique and fascinating radio programming. The series can also be downloaded and streamed as podcasts in the ‘Podcasts’ section of (

The first program in the series gives an overview of American-Jewish music--its depth, breadth, and influence on all musical genres. Subsequent programs devote entire episodes to specific musical genres: Biblical epics set to music by Kurt Weill and other 20th-century masters; Jewish legends in tone poems; film scores and operas; sacred masterpieces and the great cantorial tradition; the joy of klezmer; symphonies and concertos based on Jewish themes; the mysteries of Sephardic music; Holocaust reflections; songs from the Golden Age of Yiddish theater; and world premieres of recently discovered Jewish compositions by Leonard Bernstein. Each program will include commentary and discussion about each of the weekly topics by Neil W. Levin, a recognized expert on Jewish music who is the artistic director of the Milken Archive, together with conductor and music director of the Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwarz, who is featured on many of the Naxos - Milken Archive recordings. The series closes with a program of highlights from the entire series, with comments from Milken Archive founder Lowell Milken.

All of the music featured on “American Jewish Music from the Milken Archives with Leonard Nimoy” is from recordings released by the Milken Archive of American Jewish Music on the Naxos American Classics label, the most comprehensive survey of music related to the American Jewish experience ever assembled on disc, which explores the rich body of Jewish music, both sacred and secular, that has developed over the course of American history. In its breadth and diversity, this abundant repertoire encompasses classical music, sacred works, and theatrical, popular, and folk idioms, reflecting not only the evolution and variety of Jewish life in America, but also the universality of the Jewish experience and its relevance to people of all faiths and backgrounds.

The Milken Archive was created in 1990 by Lowell Milken, chairman of the Milken Family Foundation, who translated his enthusiasm for Jewish music and his family’s commitment to education into this extensive, multi-year project. The entire undertaking has been carried out according to exacting standards of scholarship by Artistic Director Neil W. Levin working with a distinguished panel of musicologists, performing artists, Judaic scholars and cantors, who chose the works to be recorded for their intrinsic musical value and appeal as well as for their Jewish character and inspiration. Introduced in September 2003, the Milken Archive has released 38 of more than 50 recordings to date of some 700 newly recorded works. The balance will be issued throughout 2006.

Naxos Web Radio

Naxos Web Radio ( is an innovative web-casting concept offering more than 70 channels of high-quality music, mainly classical, but also Jazz/Blues, Nostalgia, Historical, World/Folk, New Age, Piano & Orchestral Pops, Film and Chinese music.

Each channel offers a specific category of music content streamed in near CD quality sound (64k) and FM quality sound (20k), and comes with a complete playlist allowing listeners to identify what is being played at any given time and what will be played next.


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