Music of Philadelphia's Jewish Quarter
Date: October 4, 2012
Location: Pennsylvania, USA
If you’re less than a certain age, you may not even know that Philadelphia had its very own Jewish Quarter, and that the music that filled the streets and synagogues was both old and new, funny and heart-breaking, Yiddish and Hebrew, English, Russian, Hungarian, Rumanian, Polish, and all the languages that comprise eastern Europe.
On Sunday afternoon, October 14th at 2 PM, Historic Congregation Kesher Israel will present a sampling of that special time in a lively and entertaining program of songs and music from 1890-1945 with all professional musicians. They include Philadelphia native Donna Morein (mezzo-soprano), opera and concert singer; Bruce Kaminsky, Conductor/Double bass/Balalaika; Dave Posmontier, Keyboard; Bob Butryn, Clarinet/Flute; Cantor Adam Gilbert, tenor. They will perform favorites, like "Oyfn Pripetshik," "Tumbalalaika," "Oy Mame! bin ikh farlibt," Klezmer Music, and more.
Special guest Marciarose Shestack will do a narration from The Life and Times of Congregation Kesher Israel, by Harry D. Boonin.
“When I went to the Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Music Archive at the University of Pennsylvania to do some research for this concert, I never imagined the sheer amount of music, written and recorded, that was there,” said Donna Morein. “With Bob and Molly’s help, I found songs that I heard from my parents and grandparents, and beautiful songs that I discovered for the first time. It was like panning for gold, and I found gold!”
Some of those golden songs can be heard on Sunday, October 14th at 2PM. Bring your listening ears and your heart. It’s a concert you’ll be talking about for years. Tickets cost $25 for General Admission; $20 for Kesher Israel members.
For more information, contact Beth-Ellen Kroope, firstname.lastname@example.org (215) 928-1418.