Local Rabbi to discuss Jewish music at USM

© Rabbi Uri Barnea
© Rabbi Uri Barnea

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Later this week, a Hattiesburg musical scholar and Rabbi will educate the Pine Belt about Jewish music and it's influences.

The program is being held in conjunction with a current exhibition honoring Jewish authors at Southern Miss's de Grummond Children's Literature Collection.

That exhibit features famed children's literature author, Maurice Sendak. He created the classic book "Where the Wild Things Are."

Rabbi Uri Barnea leads Hattiesburg's Temple B'nai Israel. Barnea is a former conductor, composer and violinist. On Thursday he is giving a presentation at Southern Miss's Cook Library on the defining qualities of Jewish music.

"Well it's the sound and the intervals and the scales that Jewish music employs. And it's a combination of Western music and a little bit of Eastern music," said Barnea.

Rabbi Barnea's lecture will touch on Jewish music starting from biblical times to today. The presentation is being held August 11th at USM's Cook Library next to the Starbuck's.

Rabbi Barnea will begin the lecture at 5:30 PM sharp. The program is free and open to the public.

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