The Kwartin Project: A happy surprise ending
When the descendants of a legendary cantor heard of a research project celebrating their revered ancestor, a surprising treasure was revealed.
Italian Opera for the Yiddish-Speaking Masses, Part 5: Why Promote Italian Opera Via Mame-loshn?
What are the implications of promoting Italian opera among a largely uneducated working-class population, the questions of assimilation and acculturation raised by these endeavors, the parallel English-language opera scene, and the complicated yet symbiotic relationship between the high and popular cultural spheres.
Cantorial Pedagogy in the Wild: Judith Berkson’s online khazones class
In an independent cantorial training studio, composer and cantor Judith Berkson invokes histories of sacred music.
Anthony Russell: Echoes of Sidor Belarsky
A contemporary revivalist of Yiddish song draws on the legacy of the 20th century Yiddish “voice of the people”
Bringing Everyone Together: The Zuro Opera Company
In her 4th part of the "Italian Opera for the Yiddish-Speaking Masses" series, Daniela illuminates how the impresario and educator, Josiah Zuro, finds innovative ways of attracting Italians, Jews and Americans to attend opera performances, uniting these groups through a common love of the genre.
Dispatches from Brooklyn: Hadar Ahuvia and the Possibilities of Prayer
What are the possibilities, potentials and limitations in the creation of new Israeli culture that challenges norms when geographically located in the Diaspora?
Memories of Khazente Perele Feig
In a recent interview, Cantor Jacob Mendelson offers personal testimony about the life and music of an unsung heroine of Jewish liturgical music.
Italian Opera for the Yiddish-Speaking Masses, Part 3: The Russian Bear: Mikhail Medvedieff's Geographic, Linguistic and Theatre Crossover
by Daniela Smolov Levy In Russian, the name Mikhail Medvedieff literally means “Bear of Bear”: Misha, the shortened form of Mikhail, means “little bear,” and Medvedieff comes from the word “bear,” medved’. The opera singer Mikhail Efimovich Medvedieff (1858-1925) was thus a Russian bear in the literal meaning of his name, as well as metaphorically,
In Celebration of the Life of Jewlia Eisenberg
One year since the loss of musician Jewlia Eisenberg, her musical legacy continues to grow.