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The Musical Legacy of Eastern European Jews
April 10 , 7:00 pm
Mark Slobin, acclaimed scholar of East European and American Jewish music, will discuss Carnegie Hall’s April 15th musical program, From Shtetl to Stage. In his presentation he will use images and recordings and cover a range of Yiddish theater songs, novelty numbers, concert music, and songs of social movements. Chana Pollack, Archivist of the Forverts newspaper, will also give a brief presentation showcasing Yiddish inked musical newspaper ephemera showing visually via archival ads and photos, some of the ways that Jewish immigrants were offered a platform for entry into the dream of America.
After the presentations, Slobin and Pollack will be joined by Daniel Kahn, Eleanor Reissa, and Lorin Sklamberg for a conversation about the music they are performing on Carnegie Hall’s From Shtetl to Stage program, and on the continued influence of Jewish music in today’s musical culture.