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The Jewish Musical Tradition: An Insider’s View

Pre-Performance Lecture with Dr. Thomas Wolf

October 7, 2023 • 1:45 - 2:30 PM

Maine Jewish Museum

See Jerusalem Quartet

Join Portland Ovations before the concert with Jerusalem Quartet for a pre-performance lecture with Dr. Thomas Wolf, flutist and founder of Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport. Wolf’s book, The Nightingale’s Sonata, which describes his five-generation Jewish musical family, won the Sophie Brodie medal for the top literary work on Jewish subjects in 2019. Wolf will discuss the outsized role that Jews have played in the classical music field for generations and why it matters to this day.


Wheelchair accessible. ASL available upon request. Read more about the Maine Jewish Museum.

2023-24 Chamber Pre-Performance Lecture Series curated by George Lopez

Pianist George Lopez, Bowdoin College’s Robert Beckwith Artist in Residence, has been a dedicated and dynamic performer, educator, and lecturer for 30 years. Known in Europe, South America and the US for his “…kaleidoscopic colors and clarity of conception…” (LA Times) in the standard repertoire as well as being a champion of newly written works, Mr. Lopez  is also comfortable in styles of music ranging from jazz, ragtime to more contemporary styles of improvisation. His concert seasons have included tours of New England and New York, the Bay Area, Seattle, New Orleans, Boulder, Colorado, Vermont, Massachusetts, Mexico, with concerts in France, Holland, Switzerland and Italy. He was invited to Cuba just before the embargo was lifted to give masterclasses and concerts as a member of the Aries Trio. Mr. Lopez initiated his “Music in the Museum” series at Bowdoin College that consistently sells out to audiences who enjoy his creative and engaging lecture recitals on the relationship of music to art and ideas. 

He has taken up the baton and built up the all-student Bowdoin College Orchestra which performs full symphonic programs each semester. He resides in Brunswick, Maine.

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