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Dr. Samuel Adler Lecture: Building Bridges with Music

Samuel Adler,  eminent composer, teacher, conductor and author. In celebration of his 90th birthday, the title of Dr. Adler’s lecture will be that of his newly released autobiography, Building Bridges with Music.

Building Bridges with Music chronicles Samuel Adler’s early childhood in Nazi Germany, his immigration to America at age 10 through his Harvard education  (where he studied with some of America’s most significant composers) and on to his over sixty years as one of America’s most significant composers and influential teachers. As both Professor Emeritus at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York (1966-1995) and, following his retirement from Eastman, a member of the Composition Faculty of The Juilliard School in New York City (1997-2016), Dr. Adler’s impact on the lives of generations of composers has been significant. A native of Mannheim, Germany and the son of a Jewish cantor and composer, Samuel Adler has made numerous and important contributions to the music of the synagogue. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Samuel Adler holds honorary doctorates from Southern Methodist University, St. Mary’s-Notre Dame, St. Louis Conservatory and Wake Forest University (where he also served for many years on the University’s Board of Visitors).

For more information on the distinguished and ongoing career of Samuel Adler, please visit the composer’s website at :

Open to the public and free of charge, a book-signing and reception honoring Dr. Adler will occur immediately follo wing his lecture.

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, WFU Humanities Institute, Department of Music, Department of German & Russian, and the Office of Jewish Life & Programming.

Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:30pm

Scales Fine Arts Center, Brendle Recital Hall
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Arts & Entertainment, Music


Academics, German, Music, Academic Centers / Institutes, Humanities Institute

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Alumni, Faculty, Parents/Guests, Staff, Students, First-Year Students, Prospective Students





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Jean Trowbridge

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