Nice Jewish Music | Glen Roven

February 18, 2015 8:49 PM

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When Jerome Kern announced he was going to compose a score for a show based on Marco Polo, an enthusiastic reporter asked, "Mr. Kern, your new musical is based on an Italian who crossed the Alps and then the Leviathan desert, got to Mongolia, then China and finally returned home to Italy. For heaven's sake, what type of music will you compose?" Kern answered without missing a beat, "Nice Jewish music." (Oh, how I hope that's true.)

Last Monday I went to SubCulture, one of my favorite venues (it's the perfect size, 160 seats and has the friendliest staff plus a bar that actually closes during the performances) to see CONTACT!, a co-presentation of the 92nd Street Y and the New York Philharmonic. This concert, part of a series d...

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