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Motor City MusicA Detroiter Looks Back$
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Mark Slobin

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190882082

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190882082.001.0001

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Border Traffic

Border Traffic

The Jewish Location

(p.105) 5 Border Traffic
Motor City Music

Mark Slobin

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on Detroit’s Jewish community, first taking up its complex, many-layered internal musical life, from religious to politically radical, across a range of initiatives and institutions. Next comes an analysis of how the group used music as a mode of outreach to mainstream Detroit, impacting the city’s cultural life, especially through intense engagement with classical music. The role of the Jews in the survival of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is outlined. Profiles of key activists’ careers—Julius Chajes, Mischa Mischakoff, Mischa Kottler, Emma Schaver--and the development of institutional life illustrate these practices of “border traffic.”

Keywords:   Detroit Jewish community history, 1940s–1960s, Jewish music in mid-century American cities, Jewish music in America, Mischa Mischakoff, Julius Chajes, Emma Schaver

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