YIddish in the Nutshell: The Stories and Songs that Shaped the Wild Things!

Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

YIddish in the Nutshell: The Stories and Songs that Shaped the Wild Things!

Sunday, April 15 starting at 3:00 pm, the Haverford Township Free Library will swell with the traditional sounds of Yiddish song and the Klezmer clarinet as Susan Leviton accompanied by Ken Ulansey bring Maurice Sendak‘s childhood neighborhood, family, and influences into new focus. The library was chosen as one of 15 across the nation to host a traveling exhibit from the Rosenbach Museum, home of the Sendak archive.  The program will be an interactive, intergenerational Wild Rumpus with costumes, props, and sing-along materials, so if you are anywhere close by, make tracks to Haverford for a truly Sendakian afternoon! Here’s the link to see everything at the library about the exhibit, which is titled “In the Nutshell: The Worlds of Maurice Sendak.  The exhibit runs through April 20, 2012....

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Lafayette College

Posted by on Mar 6, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Lafayette College

Lafayette College Hillel will host me on Tuesday evening, March 21, 2012, where I’ll be presenting a program on the unlikely history of the Sarajevo Hagaddah.  The program will include a lecture, art demonstration of design, lettering and gilding techniques, and songs relating to the 13th Century treasure as it tracked the movement of Jews from the Iberian peninsula through Venice, Rome, Sarajevo, and beyond.  Although the story that Geraldine Brooks wove in her celebrated People of the Book is spectacular historic fiction, the ACTUAL events that saved the book over and over are even more compelling! Appropriate to the weeks just before Passover, I will be singing songs in the Judeo-Spanish dialect of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia,  Yiddish, and Hebrew, and a Pesach melody from Morocco.  Click HERE for specifics from the college...

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Dayton Concert with Lauren Brody

Posted by on Mar 1, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Dayton Concert with Lauren Brody

Two full sets of music in a concert titled “Weaving Our Lives in Song” will feature the new team of Susan Leviton accompanied by Lauren Brody on accordion and vocals – when and where?  Sunday, April 1, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio.  The Lynda A. Cohen Yiddish Club and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton are sponsors for what will be a spectacular event for all who attend.  A seed was planted during my program offerings at last summer’s International Conference of Yiddish Clubs in Detroit, and after months of planning, Lauren and I are ready to take the stage! To read more, click...

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Women’s Voices

Posted by on Jan 23, 2012 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

Women’s Voices

A free-to-the-public program titled Women’s Voices in Yiddish Song will be offered on Thursday evening, February 23 at Penn State Harrisburg’s Gallery Lounge in the Olmstead Building in Middletown, PA.  My a capella program will feature glimpses of songs by and about women and will span time and topics, with special focus on songs of relationships, work and struggle, and envisioning a better world.  The program begins at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a Kosher food reception.  I’ll debut some material I’ve recently come across, and as always, the program will be fully accessible with both PowerPoint translations and exceptional contextual settings.  Information at 717 948-6715 or hbgalumni@psu.edu...

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On Stage with Elaine and Susan Hoffman Watts

Posted by on Nov 28, 2011 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

On Stage with Elaine and Susan Hoffman Watts

Sunday, December 4, 2011 will find me on stage at the York Jewish Community Center, opening with the Old World Folk Band for Elaine and Susan Hoffman Watts and the Fabulous Shpielkes, and then joining Susan and her group on the bandstand for a number or two.  In the world of contemporary klezmorim, the Hoffman family name itself makes Elaine and Susan, mother and daughter, legendary.  Third and fourth generation klezmorim, they play the music that defined the Philadelphia sound in the early 20th Century, and have taken it, soaring, into the 21st!  Elaine was the first woman to be accepted to the Curtis School of Music in percussion, having been taught drumming by her father, and her passion for the family’s musical ‘yikhes‘ (pedigree) is obvious in her daughter Susan’s extraordinary trumpet playing and singing.  This free concert will begin at 4...

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“Our Lives in Song: Healing the World in Yiddish”

Posted by on Nov 2, 2011 in News, Upcoming Events | 0 comments

“Our Lives in Song: Healing the World in Yiddish”

My solo vocal presentation on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 will weave threads of social justice, workers’ rights, children’s visions of peace, and a yearning for a more sane, beautiful, and fair world into a splendid tapestry of Yiddish song.  And if you think that all the songs that need to be sung in Yiddish are a century old and require dusting off, I have some surprises for you!  Co-sponsored by Dickinson College, the Association for Jewish Studies, Legacy Heritage Jewish Studies Project, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Harrisburg, the concert will take place at the Harrisburg JCC at 7:30 pm.  As always, I will be sharing anecdotal and contextual backgrounds for the songs, and will be utilizing PowerPoint to project translations as I sing, so the concert will be totally accessible.  The program is free and open to the public. Come to listen. Come to sing along, perhaps.  Expect your perceptions to be changed!...

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