Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut – Residency

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015 in News, Susan at work, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Beth El, Fairfield, Connecticut – Residency

I’ll be welcomed to Fairfield, Connecticut’s Congregation Beth El from April 24 – 26, 2015 for an arts residency designed to engage all ages and interests within the community!  There will be lots of singing, of course!  The weekend will include a lecture, several song presentations and a congregational sing-along, work with the Hebrew School, a talk after morning minyan on Sunday, and a full concert with the fabulous Lauren Brody on accordion, piano, and vocals.  (I’m especially looking forward to some traditional singing around the dinner tables as we welcome shabbes in style!)  I plan to set up a full art exhibit of over 30 framed pieces to hang for the entire residency, and following Saturday night’s concert, there will be a reception and meet-and-greet around the...

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Yiddish Folk Arts in St. Croix

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in News, Upcoming Events | 2 comments

Yiddish Folk Arts in St. Croix

In deepest (coldest!) winter, I look forward to flying south for a week and bringing everything I’ll need for an arts residency to the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  There’s a small but vibrant Jewish community, and Congregation B’nai Or will be my host as I work my Yiddish magic with a backdrop of blue waters and white sands!  The residency will include a Shabbat lecture on the evolution of Jewish ritual art, a hands-on papercutting workshop, a multi-lingual concert in the beautiful St. Croix Reformed Church, and a visit to The Good Hope Country Day School where I’ll have children singing is a language they never heard before!  If you find yourselves in the Caribbean between February 2 and 9, 2015, join me for a multicultural experience with a yidishe tam! ________________ On the flip side:  The residency was a warm and brilliant experience with encounters with people making it a daily peak experience.  The 7th through 12th graders at the GHCDS, a sprawling and energetic campus, jumped right in, singing in Yiddish, peppering me with questions, and drawing from their own experiences to make the time we spent together relevant!...

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Blue Water Ketubah

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in Ketubah Art, News, Papercuts, Visual Art | 0 comments

Blue Water Ketubah

The request was clear and challenging!  This couple had met at university where they were both swimmers.  Specific college blue and a text laid out to indicate the movement of water.  This simple and elegant design took shape in the center of the paper, written in Shiela Water’s updated version of Carolingian lettering, with an opening Hebrew paragraph matching the English by the tilt of the lettering.  The border design is built up of multiple ribbons of watercolor paper of varying textures and weights.  Dots of 23K gold leaf complete the design, catching...

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3rd Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in News, Susan at work, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

3rd Annual Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Concert

The Judson Church off Washington Square was packed with 400 people on December 30, 2014, to honor the memory and brilliance of Adrienne Cooper, and to award Michael Wex with this year’s Dreaming in Yiddish prize.  Above is an image of the finale of the musical performance of the Kanonen song from Brecht and Weill’s Threepenny Opera, translated from the German into Yiddish by Wex himself.  An all-star band backed us as we belted out the Army Song and others, accompanied by the brilliant puppetry and staging of Great Small Works and Power Point translations which made the text a little less inscrutable!  What a night!  Singers above include Sarah Gordon, Eleanor Reissa, Tine Kindermann, Dan Kahn, myself, and...

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Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Event

Posted by on Dec 22, 2014 in News, Upcoming Events, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

Adrienne Cooper Dreaming in Yiddish Event

December 30 is the night that people will gather in the Washington Square area for the third annual Dreaming in Yiddish event, hosted by Great Small Works and honoring a dear friend, Michael Wex.  The heart of the program will be a presentation of excerpts from Wex’s Yiddish translation of Brecht/Weill’s Three Penny Opera, with a stellar cast and orchestra.  I’ve been invited to be part of the Yiddish fracas and will be on stage singing the Army Song with who knows how many other friends and colleagues and Useless with Tine Kindermann.  Not to be missed!  Please click HERE for more...

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