Jewish Museum of Maryland

Posted by on Mar 5, 2013 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Jewish Museum of Maryland

On Sunday, April 14, I will be presenting a concert sponsored by the Jewish Museum of Maryland as part of a program titled Songs of Arrival/ Stories of Refuge.  The program will take place at 4 pm at the University of Baltimore’s Langsdale Auditorium, 1420 Maryland Avenue.  Following short presentations by a Colombian singer/songwriter, a Ugandan drummer, a Turkish folk music troupe, and a talk by Mark Hetfield of HIAS, I will present a concert of Yiddish songs of the immigrant experience to cap the day.  East coast cities are still rich in cultural exchange, and I’m delighted to round out this day’s programming with the voices of Yiddish speaking immigrants who poured into Baltimore as part of the wave of Eastern European immigration starting in the late 1800’s.  Click HERE for more...

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Artist in Residence – NHC Summer Institute

Posted by on Jan 25, 2013 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Artist in Residence – NHC Summer Institute

I have been awarded the coveted position of Rita Poretsky Artist in Residence at this coming summer’s National Havurah Committee’s Summer Institute, taking place August 5 – 11 at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.  In keeping with the NHC’s motto “The Torah cannot be acquired except in fellowhip” and this year’s theme “Count Our Days,”  I will be working with participants on a multi-arts program focused on the plight of needleworkers past and present.  We will study history and Yiddish song, and prepare a presentation in the form of a massive ‘cranky’ – a low-tech, high energy theater-in-a-box that will engage people of all ages in traditional papercutting, shadow puppetry, collage, singing, and musical accompaniment to the final presentation at week’s end.  To learn more about the Institute, click HERE. In addition to the artist in residence program, I am thrilled that I’ll be able to join my daughter Yona Leviton Gorelick to offer a Shabbat afternoon song program!  I’ll also be presenting a concert on Tuesday night at the...

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Dickinson College Program

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Dickinson College Program

Professor Ted Merwin welcomes me to his class on March 18, 2011, to present a lecture/recital on the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire, nearly 102 years to the day since the tragedy.  We will explore the conditions that led to the fire, the spectacular women who agitated for change before and following the fire, and the place of  worker safety issues in our lives today. Over twenty Yiddish songs will ring out!

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A Kholem – Tribute to Adrienne Cooper

Posted by on Nov 25, 2012 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

A Kholem – Tribute to Adrienne Cooper

The Yiddish world will send up a mighty chorus as people gather from all over the world in tribute to our late friend, teacher, colleague, and inspiration, Adrienne Cooper.  Join us if you can on Saturday night, December 22 at Hunter College for a once in a lifetime concert experience.  Click here to access Adrienne’s site and to secure a ticket.  I’ll be one of the many guest artists gratefully sharing the stage as we honor an open-hearted and bold shining light in our world....

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Goucher College Needlework workshop

Posted by on Nov 2, 2012 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Goucher College Needlework workshop

Monday night, November 5, 2012 I plan to take a break from canvassing and visit the Goucher College Hillel in Baltimore to present a workshop which will kick off a flurry of needlework activities!  The college has two Torah scrolls, one of which is a rescued Torah from Czechoslovakia.  Over the coming months I hope to craft mantles for the Torahs, and the program on the 5th will be a hands on workshop to begin developing design ideas and color palettes with the students, and also to offer the students the opportunity to collectively craft a wimple (Torah binder) which will become a lasting part of the ritual life of the campus Hillel.  Check back on the website from time to time to see what the students and I come up...

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KlezKamp!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2012 in Upcoming Events | 0 comments

KlezKamp!

Back to the Catskills!  This year’s KlezKamp theme is Jewish humor, so plan your trek to our ancestral homeland in Kerhonkson, NY for the December 23-28 2012 gathering.  I’ll be teaching traditional papercutting as well as a four-day course featuring a cappella folk music in context.  If you can imagine a hotel brimming with Jewish culture, children running around singing in Yiddish, a youth theater group constructing a bi-lingual event with costumes, props and live music, people actively involved in all manner of folk arts from foodways to ethnomusicology to instrument master classes to language lessons, then maybe you can imagine KlezKamp!  Check out the brochure here  and come home to the Catskills in December.  And for a glimpse into the world of KlezKamp check out this video, which includes a shout out at around 5:30 explaining what I try to bring to the mix each...

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