Jewish composer sings a new tune - Profile

Jewish composer sings a new tune

MARILYN HAWKES | Staff Writer | Posted: Wednesday, August 7, 2013 10:00 am

Growing up outside of Boston, composer Allan Naplan was steeped in Jewish music. “Every Sunday morning, my family sat around eating bagels and listening to Jewish music, and that was my world,” he says. “It was that and classical music because my mom was a music teacher, but at a Jewish day school.”

Naplan, a former opera singer, recently moved to the Valley to become executive director of Arizona Musicfest, a six-week festival staged in February and March that incorporates classical, jazz, pop, blues and folk music. He will also be taking on a musical role at Temple Chai, where he and his young family are members, leading 11 Shabbat services and participating during High Holiday services. Most recently, Naplan served as president and general manager of Minnesota Opera and has held administrative positions with Houston Grand Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Madison Opera. 

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