Tue, Feb 28|
Holman United Methodist Church
Soloist || “Gates of Justice” with UCLA Lowell Milken Center
A rare performance of the landmark 1969 cantata The Gates of Justice by legends jazz composer and musician Dave Brubeck. Performed with the UCLA Lowell Milken Center for Music of Jewish American Experience.
Time & Location
Feb 28, 2023, 7:30 PM
Holman United Methodist Church, 3320 W Adams Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018, USA
About the event
The program features a rare performance of the landmark 1969 cantata The Gates of Justice by legendary jazz composer and musician Dave Brubeck. A fighter for civil rights, Brubeck—who was neither Jewish nor Black—wrote The Gates of Justice in 1969 an effort to unify Blacks and Jews after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on Hebrew liturgical texts, African American spirituals, and Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches, the work is scored for jazz trio, brass ensemble, chorus, tenor, and baritone, with the tenor role written in the Cantorial style of the Jewish temple, and the baritone in the Spiritual style of the African-American church.
In a historic first, Brubeck's sons Darius, Chris, and Dan perform the jazz trio in their father's work, joined by a choir of Black and Jewish singers from Los Angeles-area churches and synagogues alongside UCLA students and the award-winning chorus Tonality, led by Alexander Lloyd Blake. Soloists are acclaimed baritone Phillip Bullock and Azi Schwartz, famed cantor of New York's Park Avenue Synagogue.
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