Building Bridges Through Music: 95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time

Feb 6, 2024

Arts Empowering Life (Beauty, Truth and Faith in the Arts) presents an ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT LECTURE SERIES – FREE – In Person and Livestreamed to enrich your life through Music and the Arts.

Building Bridges with music is more important than ever and Dr. Samuel Adler is a trail blazer in this arena. He started the Seventh Army Symphony Orchestra in his home town of Mannheim, Germany where he narrowly escaped Nazi Germany during Kristallnacht, the “night of broken glass” at age 10 on that terrifying night. He has composed for all, creating combined choirs of groups that normally don’t work together.

Dr. Samuel Adler is one of the greatest living composers and conductors of our time.  A legendary risk-taker with over 400 published works – he taught for sixty-three years at Juilliard, and Eastman, and has given masterclasses and workshops at over 300 universities world-wide.  At age ninety-five, he continues to compose and speak, sharing his prolific musical gifts.

His recent album, sung by world-renowned Gloriae Dei Cantores (Singers to the Glory of God) just won The American Prize featuring “To Speak to Our Time” (written to commemorate Kristallnacht), and he has received numerous awards including ASCAP’s “Aaron Copland Lifetime Achievement Award.”

In this interview he presents “95 Years of Music to Speak to Our Time” and shares his amazing life experiences and brilliant musicianship at the Premiere Season of the NEW Arts & Entertainment Lecture Series.  Learn more about this series at

Don’t miss this Premiere Series! Here’s what’s coming next…

Listening to Music:  What the MUSIC you LOVE says about YOU
Saturday, February 10 – 3:30 p.m.
Susan Rogers, PhD – Multi-platinum earning Sound Engineer for PRINCE and PURPLE RAIN

Low Brass Master Class & Trombone Recital: Where Words Leave Off, Music Begins
Saturday, March 16 – Workshops: 10-12, Lecture: 3:30 p.m.
Mark Kellogg, DMA – Director of the Eastman Brass Guild and Co-Director of the Eastman Trombone Choir

Improvisation for Young and Old
Saturday, April 13 – Workshop: 10-12, Lecture: 3:30 p.m.
Christopher Azzara, PhD – International Teacher & Performer & Eisenhart Professor of Music Teaching & Learning, Eastman School of Music

 The Seventh Symphony of Dmitri Shostakovich: A Powerful Story of Hope In Troubled Times
Saturday, May 18 – 3:30 p.m.
M. T. Anderson – New York Times Best-selling author & winner of the National Book Award

An Evening of Sonic Exploration: The Musical Fusion of Marimba, Art, Electronics and Voice
Saturday, June 29
Maria Finkelmeier – Percussionist, Digital Media Artist – “a one woman dynamo!” (Boston Globe)

“Creativity is Catching…Pass it on!”—Albert Einstein


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