01 | Mar
07:30PM
01 | Mar
07:30PM

performance & discussion

About a 17th-Century Purim Opera

In advance of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts’ performance of Ester, Liberatrice del Popolo Ebreo (Esther, Liberator of the Jewish People) the Purim Story by Alessando Stradella (1639 -1682), ensemble members perform excerpts and discuss the opera.

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05 | Mar
07:30PM
05 | Mar
07:30PM

concert

The Israeli Songbook – A Tribute to Women Poets

Acclaimed Israeli American singer-songwriter Shira Averbuch and an all-female MusicTalks ensemble pay tribute to Israel's female poets, including Rachel Bluwstein, Leah Goldberg, Tirza Atar and others.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YUM members, YU community at musictalkswomen.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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23 | Mar
07:00PM
23 | Mar
07:00PM

memorial

Remembering Yiddish Actress Mina Bern

YIVO and the Congress for Jewish Culture invite you to a special program remembering the Yiddish actress Mina Bern in honor of her 10th yortsayt. The event is hosted by two of her prominent colleagues and friends: Tony-nominated director Eleanor Reissa and Shane Baker, Director of the Congress for Jewish Culture, who will be joined by Zalmen Mlotek, Artistic Director of the National Yiddish Theater-Folksbiene, and acclaimed Broadway actress Lori Wilner, as well as other special surprises.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students at yivo.org/Mina-Bern or 917-606-8290


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memorial

23 | Mar
07:00PM
23 | Mar
07:00PM

sidney krum young artists concert series

Sephardic Art Song: A Musical Legacy of the Sephardic Diaspora

The history and culture of Sephardic Jewry can be found in the rich repertoire of Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) folksongs. These folksongs reflect on Jewish traditions and stories as well as universal human themes such as love, death, and despair. In the 20th and 21st century Western classical composers such as Alberto Hemsi, Yehezkel Braun, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Joaquin Rodrigo, Wolf Simoni (Louis Saguer), Lazare Saminsky, Paul Ben-Haim, and others used these melodies to create a repertoire of Ladino Art Songs. These Art songs provided the composers a way to preserve the folksongs and, in many cases, an avenue through which they could reflect on their own heritage. The musical styles of these songs draw on diverse traditions ranging from Spanish, Greek, Balkan, and Turkish/Ottoman folk and classical traditions as well as Western classical music more broadly.

Join us for a lecture recital about this fascinating and little known repertoire led by mezzo-soprano and music scholar Lori Sen. Sen will discuss the history, language, and culture of the Sephardim, with a special focus on the elements and stylistic features of Sephardic music. The lecture will be followed by a recital of Sephardic songs for voice, piano, and guitar for which S?en will be joined by guitarist Jeremy Lyons and pianist Alexei Ulitin.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YIVO/ASF members, students at yivo.org/Sephardic-Art-Song or 917-606-8290


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26 | Mar
08:00PM
26 | Mar
08:00PM

concert

EXILE: Music of the Early-Modern Jewish Diaspora

EXILE highlights Jewish music as it shifted and melded with traditions in early modern Europe. The program takes as its starting point the rich musical cultures fostered by Jews in early modern Italy and their points of contact with non-Jewish traditions. From there, it touches on the influences of Italian, German, and English music and Jewish culture, highlighting Jewish musicians, the non-Jewish composers they influenced, and composers who inspired innovations in Jewish composition. The purpose of the EXILE project is to highlight the mutual influences of the early modern European Jewish experience – to break down preconceptions of Jewish music and culture and explore the implications of diaspora on Jewish artistic legacy. 

The concert will feature Incantare’s core instrumental ensemble plus four singer specialists, as well as special guests Dongmyung Ahn, violin, and Rebecca Cypess, organ and harpsichord. The program It is closely tied with the forthcoming book Music and Jewish Culture in Early Modern Italy. This book “demonstrates that musical culture was fluid and shared between Jews and non-Jews, and that this shared cultural space involved complexities of identity and meaning.” The concert will contain narration and commentary on the music by author contributors.

Ticket Info: Free; reservations required at JewishMusicForum.org


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01 | Apr
07:30PM
01 | Apr
07:30PM

concert

Stern College for Women Ensemble in Residence

CXX Proof Ensemble with Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev mezzo-soprano. Music by Copland, Chasalow, Adler, and a premiere by David Glaser.

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 seniors, students; free for YUM members, YU community. Registration required at sternmusic2020.bpt.me or 800-838-3006


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20 | Apr
07:00PM
20 | Apr
07:00PM

concert

Beethoven in the Yiddish Imagination

Ludwig van Beethoven, a figure emblematic of the peaks of Western culture, loomed large in the Yiddish imagination. From Yiddish translations of Ode to Joy by poets such as Y. L. Peretz and M. Rivesman, to short stories written for children about Beethoven, to biographies, novellas, and poems about Beethoven, to centennial celebrations reflecting on Beethoven's legacies in the Yiddish press, there are ample testaments to Yiddish speaking Jewry's love for Beethoven.

Join us for an evening celebrating Beethoven in the Yiddish imagination including a performance of Ode to Joy in Yiddish translation, a bilingual dramatic reading of a Yiddish retelling of an apocryphal story of the origins of the Moonlight Sonata by actors Allen Lewis Rickman and Yelena Shmulenson, and performances of two of Beethoven’s masterworks with Jewish connections: his song cycle An die ferne Geliebte, written to texts by German Jewish poet Alois Isidor Jeitteles, and his String Quartet Op. 131 which uses a melodic motif from a traditional Kol Nidre recitation – a traditional Jewish liturgical melody. Musical performances will feature baritone Mario Diaz-Moresco, pianist Spencer Myer, and the Ulysses Quartet.

Ticket Info: $15 general; $10 YIVO members, students at yivo.org/Beethoven or 917-606-8290


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27 | Apr
07:00PM
27 | Apr
07:00PM

concert

Where is Our Homeland? Songs from Testimonies in the Fortunoff Video Archive

In 2018, the Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale University, along with musician-in-residence D. Zisl Slepovitch, began production of an album of songs transcribed from testimonies in the Archive titled Where is Our Homeland? The widely diverse compositions presented on the album form a multidimensional image of the lives of Holocaust survivors and the multiple identities they carried as Jews by faith and roots, and as European citizens. The songs bring to life insights into their experiences both during World War II and in the period preceding the war, all of which are documented in their testimonies. Join us to hear this album performed live by the Zisl Slepovitch Ensemble.

Joshua Camp (accordion, piano)
Dmitry Ishenko (contrabass)
Craig Judelman (5-string violin)
D. Zisl Slepovitch (composer, arranger, producer, clarinet, alto saxophone, flute)

Ticket Info: $10 general; $5 YIVO members, students at yivo.org/Fortunoff or 917-606-8290


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