TITLE: Is Israeli Classical Music Jewish?
SPEAKER: Ronit Seter
EVENT DATE: 2009/11/19
RUNNING TIME: 45 minutes
The music of Israel is a unique combination of Jewish and non-Jewish traditions that have come together over the course of a century to create a distinctive musical culture. Immigrants from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and elsewhere brought with them their musical traditions, melding and molding them into a new Israeli sound that helped define the emerging national spirit. Ronit Seter, a scholar in the field of Israel art music, poses the question "Is Israeli Classical Music Jewish?"
Speaker Biography: Music scholar Ronit Seter earned a bachelor's degree and master's degree in musicology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and a doctorate degree at Cornell University. She has served on the faculties of Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University, American University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was awarded the Dan David Scholarship and two grants from the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture. She currently serves as the Capital Chapter Representative of the American Musicological Society. Her articles have appeared in Grove Music Online, Tempo, "Encylopedia Judaica," "Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia" and "Asian Composers in the 20th Century." She has presented her work at many international conferences, among them those of the American Musicological Society, the International Musicological Society and the World Congress for Jewish Studies.