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Cantor Evan Kent: Jewish Music and the American Experience

ChaiVillageLA and Temple Isaiah Present:

Cantor Evan Kent, Cantor Emeritus, Temple Isaiah

Jewish Music and the American Experience:
How the Music of the Synagogue Influenced Broadway, Hollywood, and American Popular Music

Evan Kent

Join Cantor Evan Kent as he takes us through a musical journey, and demonstrates the impact of synagogue music on contemporary American music, from Broadway musicals to Hollywood blockbusters with many stops in between.

This is Part I of a three part series.  Parts II and III will take place on  October 27 and November 10. Please register for each session separately.

About Cantor Kent:

In  2013, Cantor Evan Kent moved from Los Angeles to Jerusalem where he currently lives with his husband Rabbi Donald Goor . Evan received his ordination as a cantor and his Master’s in Sacred Music from Hebrew Union College in New York and served Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles as its cantor for 25 years. Evan also received his Bachelor’s Degree from the Manhattan School of Music and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the City University of New York.

In 2014, Evan Kent earned his doctorate in music education from Boston University. His doctoral research examined how music at Jewish summer camps in North America assists in the development of Jewish identity. 

He is currently on the faculty of Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem where he teaches liturgy and sacred music.  Evan was also member of the editorial committee for the new Reform High Holiday prayer book, Mishkan HaNefesh.

Evan has starred in Jerusalem productions of “Guys and Dolls”, the musical drama “Next to Normal,.” “Avenue Q”, “Singin’ in the Rain,” Sondheim’s “Assassins,” “Cabaret,” and “She Loves Me.” Evan also portrayed Yitzchak Rabin in a new musical drama (“November”) that dramatized the last week of Rabin’s life. 

Evan’s one man show “Shards-Putting the Pieces Together” has been presented in Jerusalem, Prague, and throughout the United States. In the upcoming season, “Shards” will be performed in San Antonio, San Diego, Nashville, Manhattan, Santa Rosa, and Chicago.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 11:00 AM until 12:30 PM

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