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November 20, 2014

Songs of the Heart with Raymond Goldstein

Please join us 7:30 for concert, 5:30 for dinner.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
for a memorable concert of cantorial and Hanukkah music by Israeli composer Raymond Goldstein who will be joined by Cantors Chaim Dovid Berson, Sanford Cohen, Brian Mayer and Gideon Zelermyer (formerly of West Hartford), Adrian Durlester, pianist and instrumentalists. Additionally, The Beth El Adult and Children's Choirs, Children's Choirs from The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford and Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford will raise their voices under the direction of Cantor Joseph Ness.

Admission is $20. $15 for seniors and students. Children under 12 free. Tickets available at temple office or at the door.

Beth El Temple
2626 West Albany Ave
West Hartford, CT
call for information: 860-233-9696
bethelwesthartford.org

Enjoy fresh falafel and Israeli salads for sale by Yosi Kosher Catering before the concert. Israeli dinner ($10 per person) begins at 5:30pm (no rsvps required) and Concert @7:30 pm. Concert tickets available for purchase at the door or in advance in the Temple office.
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November 19, 2014

Duo Brikcius & Year of Czech Music

Duo Brikcius & Year of Czech Music
[2 Cellists & 2 Siblings]
You are invited to the November concert "Festival Brikcius" - DUO BRIKCIUS & YEAR OF CZECH MUSIC (2 Cellists - 2 Siblings), that will take place on Thursday 20th November 2014
at 7.30pm
Location: in the representative concert hall from the 13th century of the Stone Bell House in Prague
GHMP, 3rd floor, Old Town Square 605/13,
Prague 1,
Czech Republic.


The two cellists, brother and sister Anna Brikciusová and František Brikcius (Duo Brikcius), will introduce a new programme for two cellos. It includes: Suite for Two Cellos by composer and cellist from Prague David Popper (1843 - 1913); Chassidic Dances by "Terezín" Jewish composer Zikmund Schul (1916 - 1944); Composition for Two Cellos by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890 - 1959; Duo by "Terezín" Jewish composer Gideon Klein (1919 - 1945), written shortly before World War II. The Duo and other pieces by Gideon Klein were promoted and revised by composer Vojtěch Saudek (1951 - 2003), grandnephew of Franz Kafka; and Arrangement of the Presto by Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854 - 1928). As a special encore Duo Brikcius will play the composition Bridges for two cellos by Czech composer and organist Irena Kosíková who lives in France. The music is dedicated to Swiss bridge builder Toni Rüttimann.

Tickets for the concerts at the Stone Bell House can be obtained either from Prague Ticket Office - Via Musica, Ticketon.cz or at the door from about 90 minutes before every concert ( http://Festival.Brikcius.com ). Given the limited number of seats we strongly recommend early booking!
Posted by jmwc at 02:02 PM

November 17, 2014

Klezmer Influences in American Jewish Music

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2 | 7:00pm
SIDNEY KRUM YOUNG ARTISTS CONCERT SERIES
Admission: General $12 | YIVO Members $8
Box Office: smarttix.com | (212) 868-4444
Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC

For years, American Jewish composers have been integrating klezmer and Yiddish folk songs into new classical music, inventing a new form of artistic and cultural Jewish expression. In this unique lecture-demonstration, we present three of these outstanding and rarely performed pieces—Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov, Six Yiddish Scenes by Paul Alan Levi, and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield—and delve into the intricacies and challenges of performing American Jewish music today. Special guests include internationally-acclaimed clarinetist Todd Palmer, who will discuss the klezmer and mystical elements of Dreams and Prayers; pianist and composer Paul Alan Levi, who will speak with Michael Leavitt, President of the American Society for Jewish Music about interpreting Yiddish Art Songs today; and Yuval Waldman, artistic director of the Sidney Krum Concert Series, who will introduce the hybrid klezmer-jazz elements in the closing piano trio Café Music

Continue reading "Klezmer Influences in American Jewish Music"
Posted by jmwc at 06:07 PM

Carolyn Enger to Perform at National Gallery of Art

Carolyn Enger, pianist, will perform a program of by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Ned Rorem.
Sunday November 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM
The National Gallery of Art
West Building, West Garden Court
National Mall
Washington DC
www.nga.gov
Continue reading "Carolyn Enger to Perform at National Gallery of Art"
Posted by jmwc at 05:51 PM

Joanne Borts Stars at Gala Pre-Khanike Concert

GALA PRE KHANIKE (CHANUKAH ) DINNER & CONCERT
“OY MAME, BIN IKH FARLIBT”
FEATURING
BROADWAY & YIDDISH THEATER STAR
JOANNE BORTS
WITH DAVE LEVITT & HIS 7 PIECE KLEZMER ORCHESTRA
Master of Ceremonies
Fyvush Finkel
DATE & TIME: Monday, DECEMBER 15, 2014 6:15 PM
MENU: GLATT KOSHER KHANIKE DINNER WITH LATKES
PLACE: SUTTON PLACE SYNAGOGUE – 225 E 51ST. NYC
(Between 2nd & 3rd AVE) HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE
MEMBERS $ 40 GUESTS $ 45 CONCERT ONLY $ 25 (8:15 PM)
RESERVATIONS MUST BE PAID IN ADVANCE BY DECEMBER 8, 2014
RESERVATION INFORMATION CALL RUTH 516 569-1678/ E-MAIL YAFAC18@aol.com
Kindly send check payable to YAFAC and mail to RUTH HARRIS, TREASURER
379 BARNARD AVE
CEDARHURST, NY 11516
For more information:
Continue reading "Joanne Borts Stars at Gala Pre-Khanike Concert"
Posted by jmwc at 05:43 PM

November 16, 2014

Gerard Edery & Friends Hanukkah Concert at CJH

The Hanukkah Concert at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
NYC
Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 3pm
Gerard Edery & Friends
Plus Ellen Gould
Tickets 212-868-4444
or www.smarttix.com
Tickets: General Public $18.
AJHS, ASJM and CJH member, $12.
Seniors and Students $9.
For more information: www.jewishmusic-asim.org
Continue reading "Gerard Edery & Friends Hanukkah Concert at CJH"
Posted by jmwc at 06:16 PM

November 15, 2014

A New York City Gala Concert by Warsaw's Only Yiddish Theater

WHAT: The Shalom Foundation and The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene Presents: A New York City Gala Concert by Warsaw's Only Yiddish Theater

WHEN: Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 @ 7pm
WHERE: The Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, New York City
COST: $20, $15 Folksbiene/Museum of Jewish Heritage members, $10 students

CONTACT: Box Office: 646-437-4202 http://www.nytf.org Continue reading "A New York City Gala Concert by Warsaw's Only Yiddish Theater"
Posted by jmwc at 07:46 PM

November 11, 2014

Heather Klein in Concert

Heather Klein in Concert
Featured at: Osher Marin JCC
Friday, November 14th @ 12:45 pm
$8 members/$10 non-members
www.marinjcc.org
Posted by jmwc at 12:27 PM

November 04, 2014

Winter Jewish Music Concert Held at Broward College

Tickets for the Seventh Annual Winter Jewish Music Concert, to be held at Broward College in January 10 2015 are now on sale.
For Info: http://www.jewishconcert.org
As in past years, we anticipate that the concert will sell out ahead of time, so we suggest that you order your tickets early.

General admission tickets for the concert will again be only $18.00.

For those patrons who would like to reserve a seat in the front of the Bertha Abess Sanctuary, we are offering a limited number of Preferred Seating tickets available for $100.00. The remainder of the seats will continue to be general admission tickets.

Tickets may be purchased online (http://www.jewishconcert.org/tickets/) or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Continue reading "Winter Jewish Music Concert Held at Broward College"
Posted by jmwc at 02:01 PM

Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel and Sender Botwinik at Haverford

Join Amanda (Miryem-Khaye) Seigel and Sender Botwinik for a concert today Monday, Nov 3 2014 for the Yiddish Culture Festival
at Haverford College in Philly
Tell your Philly friends!
Miryem-Khaye Seigel and Sender Botwinik in Concert Yiddish Culture Festival 2014
Monday, November 3, 4:30PM–5:30PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Haverford College,
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Welcome - Yiddish Culture Festival 2014
Posted by jmwc at 01:55 PM

October 24, 2014

Heather Klein in Concert

Heather Klein in Concert
Featured at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael, CA
Friday, November 14th @ 12:45 pm
$8 members/$10 non-members
www.marinjcc.org

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center
200 N San Pedro Road
San Rafael, CA 94903
Phone: 415.444.8000
Fax: 415.491.1235
E-mail: info@marinjcc.org
Posted by jmwc at 05:08 PM

October 23, 2014

New York Andalus Ensemble --Et Dodim Kalah Oct 30

The New York Andalus Ensemble will perform Oct. 30 2014 at 7;30
at the CUNY Graduate Center
Elebash Recital Hall
365 Fifth Ave (corner of 34th) NY, NY
$13 Adults, $10 students

The_New York Andalus Ensemble presents Et Dodim Kalah (It’s the Time of Courting, O Bride!), an evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa. Reflecting the cultural pluralism that characterizes this music, the 20 members of the ensemble perform repertoire in Arabic, Hebrew, and Judeo-Spanish Ladino, emphasizing the region’s shared tradition while cherishing the individual cultures that comprise it.

Continue reading "New York Andalus Ensemble --Et Dodim Kalah Oct 30"
Posted by jmwc at 02:01 PM

October 22, 2014

Klezperanto at Regattabar in Cambridge

Nights are getting longer, and you're going to need more D MINOR in your system Klezperanto is ready with that essential vitamin and SO much more!

New line-up! new tunes!

TUESDAY OCT. 28 7:30 PM at The Regattabar
located in the Charles Hotel,
Harvard Square, Cambridge

Klezperanto is kicking off the Klezmer Festival, starting the show in a double bill with Klezwoods, a band with lots of fans in Boston too, so be sure to get your tickets today. Here's how: http://www.getshowtix.com/regattabar/moreinfo.cgi?id=3286

With solid klezmer roots, spectacular technical virtuosity, and a wry sense of humor, Ilene Stahl and an all-star line-up of Boston's best musicians re-groove traditional klezmer and Mediterranean melodies, rip up Romanian surf tunes, cover cop show themes and cumbias, slay a few standards, and burnish it all to a funky finish. Since 1999, the six-piece instrumental band has delivered irresistible dance music from everywhere except your cousin's bar mitzvah.

Posted by jmwc at 10:53 AM

October 16, 2014

Don't Miss Figelin! New York, Princeton, Philadelphia

Figelin
Come see three of the hottest traditional fiddlers in an all-women, all-fiddle extravaganza that mixes North German dance music, songs and ballads with Jewish klezmer music, Hasidic melody, and Yiddish song. Put them together and the effect is explosive -wild fiddles, earthy grooves and three vibrant voices!

See more about upcoming concerts:
Continue reading "Don't Miss Figelin! New York, Princeton, Philadelphia"
Posted by jmwc at 04:11 PM

Music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa in NYC

Et Dodim Kalah_ (It’s the Time of Courting, O Bride!) Come hear The New York Andalus Ensemble
Thursday, October 30, 2014
7:30 PM
Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave. (at 34th St.)

The New York Andalus Ensemble will present _Et Dodim Kalah_ (It’s the Time of Courting, O Bride!), an evening of music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa.

TIckets: $13 adults/$10 students, available at the door or at www.newyorkandalusensemble.comor
(http://www.asefamusic.com/NYAndalusWEB/performances.html).

In al-Andalus (Southern Spain), peoples of the three Abrahamic faiths—Islam, Judaism, and Christianity—shared their arts and sciences for more than five hundred years, creating a multicultural canon of music and poetry. Since 1492, Jews and Muslims in North Africa have carried the musical traditions forward from al-Andalus. Today, the musical expansion from over five centuries ago to the present day flourishes in New York City with the New York Andalus Ensemble. Reflecting the cultural pluralism that characterizes this music, the ensemble sings in Arabic, Hebrew, and Ladino, emphasizing the expressive quality of the region’s shared tradition while cherishing the individual cultures that comprise it.

“You won't want to miss the chance to see such a diverse and versatile group.”
—Spain Culture, New York

The New York Andalus Ensemble is led by ethnomusicologist and performer Dr. Samuel R. Thomas. As an artist and scholar for over fifteen years, his work centers on musical cultures of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as jazz traditions and American popular genres. Dr. Thomas lectures on topics including Muslim-Jewish confluences in music, philosophy, and poetics, and diaspora studies. Dr. Thomas is also artistic director of the critically acclaimed ensemble ASEFA. Continue reading " Music and song from al-Andalus and North Africa in NYC"
Posted by jmwc at 04:00 PM

October 14, 2014

Jonathan Keren Premiere Featured at The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes

JTS Presents: The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes, an Evening of Chamber Music from The Juilliard School featuring Tibi Cziger (clarinet), Michal Korman (cello), Assaff Weisman (piano), Carmit Zori (violin), with special guest artist Samuel Rhodes (viola) will take place on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), located at 3080 Broadway (corner 122nd Street) in New York City. The Israeli Chamber Project (ICP) will perform a wide-ranging program of favorite classics and recent works influenced by Jewish culture, including music of Mozart, Schulhoff, Brahms, and the New York premiere of music by Israeli composer Jonathan Keren.

Admission to the concert is by ticket only. Tickets are $10 each; students with a valid school ID—as well as JTS alumni, faculty, students, and staff—may request up to two free tickets each. Space is limited. Order tickets now at www.jtsa.edu/JuilliardFall2014. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in, and have photo ID available.

Continue reading "Jonathan Keren Premiere Featured at The Israeli Chamber Project with Samuel Rhodes"
Posted by jmwc at 11:29 PM

"Yiddish is a M'Khaye"

Hits and Skits from Second Avenue to Pitkin Avenue
with Hy Wolfe, Miryem-Khaye Seigel and Steve Sterner
6:30 PM
Monday, October 27, 2014
Yiddish Artists and Friends Actors' Club (YAFAC)
Fall Dinner and Concert
A glatt kosher dinner will be served.
Sutton Place Synagogue, 225 E 51st St, New York, NY
Members: $40
Guests: $45
Reservations required to yafac18@aol.com
Send checks to Ruth Harris, Treaurer. 379 Barnard Ave., Cedarhurst, NY 11516
Phone: 516-569-1678


Miryem-Khaye Seigel and Sender Botwinik in Concert
Yiddish Culture Festival
Monday, November 3, 2014
4:30PM–5:30PM
KINSC Sharpless Auditorium
Haverford College,
370 Lancaster Avenue
Haverford, PA 19041
Welcome - Yiddish Culture Festival 2014
For More Info:
Jeff Tecosky-Feldman
jtecosky@haverford.edu
Posted by jmwc at 10:51 AM

David Krakauer -Tour in Europe

David Krakauer, the jazz and klezmer clarinetist, will be on tour in Europe throughout March and appearing with Ancestral Groove. For full details to catch a show, see davidkrakauer.com. Continue reading "David Krakauer -Tour in Europe"
Posted by jmwc at 10:43 AM

October 12, 2014

Jewish Music Report

Have you read the Jewish Music Report? If you're into learning what's happening in Jewish music in the Orthodox communities, you will definitely want to make a stop at this website: http://jewishmusicreport.com/ The reports are written by writers with names like "niggun guy" and "bsimcha leiner". So, if you don't know, you should. There's a world of music happening....
Posted by jmwc at 07:26 PM

Poèmes Yiddish en musique

Vérités Jamais Sûres… Poèmes Yiddish en musique
Nelly Uzan – récitante
Michel Borzykowski – saxophones
Reb Yoyvl – accordéon
Jeudi 16 octobre 2014 à 20h30
Café-Théâtre de la Voirie
10, rue du Centre, 1009 Pully (Vaud/ Suisse)
Réservations: 076 324 34 52 ou theatre.voirie@gmail.com
Entrée: 20 frs / tarif réduit: 15 frs

Après un millénaire d’effervescence intellectuelle et artistique, après plusieurs tentatives d’anéantissement, le yiddish a suscité, ces cinquante dernières années, un énorme regain d'intérêt: Ce fut d’abord "Le violon sur le toit" en 1967 et le Prix Nobel de littérature attribué en 1978 à Isaac Bashevis Singer "pour son art de conteur enthousiaste enraciné dans la culture et les traditions judéo-polonaises et qui ressuscite l'universalité de la condition humaine"; puis vint le tour du "renouveau" de la musique klezmer aux Etats-Unis, puis dans le monde entier.

S'il était peut-être vain ou barbare, comme l'a suggéré Theodor Adorno, d'écrire des poèmes après Auschwitz, il a donc justement été urgent d'écrire des poèmes après Auschwitz… et aujourd'hui, de les relire, de même que certains qui, prémonitoires, furent écrits avant !

Les poèmes choisis traitent de sujets d'une universalité absolue et restent encore et toujours d'une actualité brûlante: D'où vient l'homme? A quoi sert la vie? Qu'est-ce qui nous rend humains? Pourquoi vivre? Comment survivre et comment lutter? De quoi peut-on encore être sûr? Et l’amour, dans tout ça?

Des questions et des réponses, en vrac, toujours avec cette vision particulière, inhérente à l'esprit juif: empreint d'autodérision, capable, plus que tout autre, de rire avec des larmes et de pleurer en pouffant…

Infos et contact: borzy@sunrise.ch
www.borzy.info
T: 022 755 41 23
Posted by jmwc at 07:22 PM

Yonatan Malin at Columbia Individual Voices and the Study of Jewish Cantillation

Talk by Dr. Yonatan Malin
Sponsored by the Jewish Music Forum
Friday, October 31, 2:00-4:00 P.M.
The Center for Ethnomusicology and Department of Music
Columbia University
Dodge Hall, Room 622

2960 Broadway
New York, NY
Admission is free; Please RSVP to info@jewishmusicforum.org

Reception to follow.

This paper is part of an ongoing project on the analysis of Jewish cantillation in the Eastern Ashkenazic tradition. Jewish cantillation involves the intoned reading of Biblical texts with melodies determined by accent marks (te’amim) in printed Hebrew bibles. In other parts of the study, Malin has explored aspects of the system broadly: how the melodies correlate with and project text phrasing, and how they vary depending on the reading and occasion.

For more information please visit http://www.jewishmusicforum.org/. Continue reading "Yonatan Malin at Columbia Individual Voices and the Study of Jewish Cantillation "
Posted by jmwc at 07:16 PM

All About Bees -- Yiddish Song of the Week

Center for Traditional Music and Dance's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture has a "Yiddish Song of the Week" website. This week it favored this history of a song about bees. At JMWC, (where we also keep bees), we thought this was especially fun during Sukkot. Enjoy the post at: http://yiddishsong.wordpress.com/2014/10/07/zhumen-binen-performed-by-chaim-berman/?preview_id=1719&previ
Posted by jmwc at 07:10 PM

October 08, 2014

Carolyn Enger at Kosciuszko Foundation Concert

The Kosciuszko Foundation is having an exciting program featuring works by Sean Hickey, Karol Szymanowski, Arvo Part and Ned Rorem performed by Carolyn Enger, pianist. She will perform selections from her New York Times critically acclaimed "Best in Classical Recordings for 2013" CD, Ned Rorem: Piano Album I, 'Six Friends.'
Thursday, November 6, 7 PM
The Kosciuszko Foundation
15 East 65th St.
NYC
www.thekf.org
Continue reading "Carolyn Enger at Kosciuszko Foundation Concert"
Posted by jmwc at 04:02 PM

Bati l'Gani (I have come into my garden)

Meira Warshauer's Bati l'Gani (I have come into my garden) in a video created by Mike Bregman with beautiful images from Jim Schantz and Pucker Gallery, and crystalline, heartfelt fluting of Paula Robison with percussionist Cyro Baptista



To discover more about this piece and Meira's music, see: http://meirawarshauer.com/works/bati-lgani-i-came-into-my-garden/
Posted by jmwc at 01:47 PM

October 06, 2014

KLEZCALIFORNIA YIDDISH CULTURE FESTIVAL

Nov 1-2, 2014 at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, Palo Alto, California.

Interactive klezmer music, song, dance, and more, for all ages, featuring internationally renowned musicians: clarinetist Joel Rubin and Veretski Pass, dancing led by Bruce Bierman.

Saturday night Klezmer Concert & Dance Party
Sunday, 9:00am - 7:00pm
Nine Workshops: Playing klezmer music - all levels and instruments, singing (or listening) at a Zingeray: Yiddish song circle, master classes, klezmer dancing, probing Sholem Aleichem?s characters, writing poetry about the legendary phantasmagoric Golem

Buffet lunch followed by Three Singers, Four Opinions a Yiddish song performance featuring Sharon Bernstein, Jeanette Lewicki and Anthony Russell

Kids/Family program producing a comic, one-act musical based on the Yiddish folk song, How does the Tsar Drink Tea?

Freylekh Finale, Music, Dance & Pizza Party with Joel Rubin, Veretski Pass, Saul Goodman?s Klezmer Band, Ghost Note Ensemble, Festival Klezmer Band, and more!

Festival Pass savings, individual event tickets, program details: www.klezcalifornia.org, 415.789.7679.

Posted by jmwc at 11:00 AM

September 30, 2014

CALL FOR PAPERS: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer

Conference: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer
University of Leeds, UK
Tuesday 16 - Friday 19 June 2015

For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association.

CALL FOR PAPERS (see more)... Continue reading "CALL FOR PAPERS: Magnified and Sanctified: the Music of Jewish Prayer"
Posted by jmwc at 09:16 AM

September 23, 2014

YIVO Announces the Vilna Project

YIVO released the following important (and exciting) announcement:
THE YIVO VILNA PROJECT
East European Jewish Archive and Library Saved from the Destruction of the Holocaust to be Reunited After 70 Years

Vilnius, Lithuania (September 23, 2014) - The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is pleased to announce the launch of The Vilna Project, a seven-year international project to preserve, digitize and virtually reunite YIVO's prewar archives located in New York City and Vilnius, Lithuania, through a dedicated web portal. The Project will also digitally reconstruct the historic Strashun Library of Vilna, one of the great prewar libraries in Europe. Project partners are The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, The Central State Archives of Lithuania and the National Library of Lithuania.

In 1941, the Nazis destroyed YIVO in Vilna and ransacked the archives and library. A portion of YIVO's archives was sent to Frankfurt to become the basis of the Institute for the Study of the Jewish Question; another part was hidden in Vilna; another part was destroyed. In 1946, the U.S. Army discovered the seized YIVO materials in the train depot in Offenbach, Germany and returned them to YIVO. The part that remained in Vilna was saved from the Soviets by a Lithuanian librarian, Antanas Ulpis, and remained hidden in the basement of a church until 1989. This Project will digitally reunite the two halves of the YIVO collection.

YIVO's original prewar archives and library are the preeminent source of documentation on the subject of East European Jewish civilization, which spanned over 1,000 years. The majority of this unique collection has not been conserved, preserved and digitized, and remains at risk of deterioration and loss. The YIVO Vilna Project will create the single largest digital collection related to East European Jewish civilization, including the largest collection of Yiddish language materials in the world. The Project's primary objective is to ensure the collections' survival and public accessibility.

The collections tell us how Jews lived, where they came from, how they raised and educated their families, how they created art, literature, music and language itself. Furthermore, these documents reveal the relations between Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors, how they understood their place in the world both politically and socially and how they faced the turmoil and promise of modernity. The full story of Jewish life in Eastern Europe and Russia has not yet been written. These unique, original materials will enable us to do so.

The Project encompasses some 10,000 rare or unique publications and approximately 1.5 million documents, including literary works, letters, memoirs, theater posters, photographs, rare books, pamphlets, newspapers, political tracts, religious treatises, and communal records.

Total project costs are estimated at $5.25 million. Funding is currently being sought from a combination of public and private foundations, individuals and government sources. The Project timeline is five years in Vilnius and seven years in New York. Project commencement date is January 2015.

"The Vilna Project is a unique international undertaking of cultural and historical reclamation. It will transform the historiography of Eastern European and Russian Jewish history by giving scholars and the general public access to little known and often completely unknown documents and books," said YIVO Executive Director Jonathan Brent. "I am grateful to our Lithuanian partners and the Lithuanian government for enabling us to have access to materials that have been hidden from public view for almost 75 years."

Contact: Suzanne Leon
Director of Development
sleon@yivo.cjh.org
ABOUT YIVO: Founded in 1925, the YIVO Institute is headquartered in New York City, and is the world's premier teaching and research institute devoted to East European Jewish Studies with specializations in the Yiddish language, literature and folklore; the Holocaust; and the American Jewish experience.
Posted by jmwc at 10:16 AM

September 04, 2014

Carol Enger at Spectrum in NYC

upcoming concert. Carolyn Enger will present an exciting program featuring a concert premiere of a work by Sean Hickey, solo and chamber works by Arvo Part and solo works by Ned Rorem.

Joining Carol will be violinist Josh Henderson and cellist Susan Mandel.

Sunday September 14, 3 PM
Spectrum
121 Ludlow St.
NY, NY
www.spectrumnyc.com
Posted by jmwc at 10:07 PM

September 02, 2014

San Diego Jewish Men's Choir Receives Silver Medal

The San Diego Jewish Men's Choir is proud to announce that they are recent Sliver Medal Winners of the prestigious Global Music Awards, for their album, "Heritage." Heritage was released in January to wonderful reviews and can be purchased on Amazon.com and Itunes, as well as through website at SDJMC.org

A percentage of all sales of this CD go towards providing FREE CD's to Jewish libraries, senior centers, and schools, so that this beautiful music will be available for generations to come.

You can hear clips of this music and read reviews of it by clicking on the album picture on San Diego JMC website.
Posted by jmwc at 09:54 PM

August 27, 2014

End of an Era: Forward on the Last KlezKamp

The Forward ran a short story on the upcoming "last Klezkamp".
. It's the end of an era, to say the least. Adrienne Cooper z"l and Henry Saposnik were leaders in recognizing you have to teach the next generation to keep things going. Music is such an important identity marker for Jewish young people. It would be great if more of the Jewish community institutions recognized that as well and put more music into practice!
. http://forward.com/articles/204724/after--years-first-klezmer-festival-founder-says/
Posted by jmwc at 01:21 PM

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