Arts Residency in Teaneck, NJ

Posted by on Feb 14, 2017 in News, Performances, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

Arts Residency in Teaneck, NJ

What a wonderful residency at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck, NJ.  It was Shabbat Shira, Tu B’Shevat, and the full moon even entertained us with a penumbral eclipse. This enthusiastic and welcoming congregation opened its heart to celebrate everything, and what was to many prior to the weekend an odd opportunity at best, came to be a full embrace of Yiddish!  We examined gilgulim as a contemporary construct with Jewish song as the vehicle in a lecture/recital on Shabbat afternoon.  The incredibly gifted Adrian Banner joined me on the piano for a full concert after Shabbat, and the room was full and engaged. As always, life-long Yiddish speakers with a depth of knowledge in song repertoire came up to me after the concert tickled that I had shared material they’d never heard before.  And that’s exactly what I aim for: bringing Yiddish alive with surprises and...

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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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Susan in Solo Concert at Penn State

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in News, Susan at work, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

Susan in Solo Concert at Penn State

Performing is a joy.  Simply that.  Here I am in a hall full of people at Penn State University Library in the middle of a vibrant give-and-take lecture/recital.  I would love to slip into your community at any time and bring the wonders of Yiddish Alive with me!

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CD Release Party!!!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in News, Recordings, Upcoming Events, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

CD Release Party!!!

Finally!  After an incredibly long and creative journey, my new recording will be ready for release in mid-December, 2013.  Featuring an array of gifted musicians from string quartets to brass bands, and spare guitar and a cappella voices, Deep Skies will delight you – guaranteed!!! The first public release party will take place at KlezKamp at the Hudson Valley Resort in Kerhonkson, NY.  Stay tuned for more information, but DO plan to come to a release party when you can.  Brilliant music, high energy, surprisingly fresh treatments of Yiddish songs!  Oh – the musicians include Michael Winograd (arranger and producer, as well as brilliant clarinetist), Frank London, Dan Kahn, Dan Blacksberg, Lauren Brody Avi and Benjy Fox-Rosen… and on and on!  Wow!...

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Zingendik!

Posted by on Jun 23, 2011 in News, Recordings, Yiddish Music | 0 comments

Zingendik!

My first solo recording features 18 rarely heard Yiddish songs, a total of 14 accompanying musicians and a 20-voice women’s chorus, and arrangements that offer each song its own highlights.   Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer are among the accompanists.  The enclosed booklet contains all the lyrics in English translation and transliterated Yiddish, as well as contextual information.  Dip into a treasure trove of songs! Here are some short clips from Zingendik!:  

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