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Michael Isaacson

Michael IsaacsonMICHAEL ISAACSON (1946 – ) has had the pleasure of assisting composers John Williams, Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Walter Scharf and Charles Fox.

Mr. Isaacson has conducted, toured and produced new recordings of symphonic music with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tel Aviv Symphony, the Munich Philharmonic, the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Vermont Symphony and Chorus, the Bulgarian National Symphony, the Czech Chamber Orchestra and the Israel String Quartet. His recordings with the Hollywood Pops, for which he is also the musical director, may be heard on the Sony label.

Music albums composed, orchestrated and conducted for the Los Angeles Jewish community include: Regeneration and Legacy with Cantor Nathan Lam at Stephen S. Wise Temple; Guardians of the Heart, Hope For the Future and Kol Truah with Cantor Jay Frailich at University Synagogue; From Sinai to Sinai with Cantor Meir Finklestein at Sinai Temple; and Windows: The Songs of Rabbi Moshe Rothblum with Cantor David Silverstein of Temple Adat Ariel.

Mr. Isaacson has produced his first collection for the new Jewish Music Group CD label, American Jewish Summer. He has collaborated frequently with the Cantor’s Assembly executive director, Hazzan Samuel Rosenbaum. When Hebrew Union College awarded Prime Minister of Israel Yitzchak Shamir an honorary doctorate in November 1991, Mr. Isaacson was selected as music director for the convocation and commissioned to compose a large musical work in Prime Minister Shamir’s honor. The resulting dramatic work for men and children’s voices, brass and percussion is titled Psalms for a Leader.

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