Music of Jewish Culture
An ensemble of two singers, cello, and piano led by Michael Arnowitt performs works by Bloch, Shostakovitch, Bernstein, Lazar Weiner, Frederic Rzewski, and Yiddish songs of the camps and ghettoes. The program contains the following works:
- Selections from the song-cycle "From Jewish Folk Poetry, op. 79" by Dmitri Shostakovitch. For two voices (sometimes singing separately, sometimes together) and piano.
- Schelomo (Solomon) -- Hebrew Rhapsody for cello and piano by Ernest Bloch.
A major work.
- 3 songs from "5 Yiddish Songs" by Lazar Weiner. "Shot'ns," "Viglid," and "A Maisele," by the noted composer of Yiddish art songs.
- Yiddish Songs of the Camps and Ghettoes, collected by Shoshana Kalisch, a Holocaust survivor, with piano accompaniments by Mordecai Sheinkman. "Di Nakht," "Tsen Brider," "Tsvey Taybelekh," "In Kriuvke," "Rifkele," "Treblinke," "Dremlen Feygl," and "Yisrolik." There will be spoken commentary explaining the histories behind these Holocaust era songs.
- "Mayn Yingele" (My Little Boy), a set of variations for piano solo, composed by Frederic Rzewski, based on a traditional Yiddish ballad with words by Morris Rosenfeld (1887).
- Soprano aria from "Kaddish" (Symphony #3) by Leonard Bernstein. For voice and piano.
Michael Arnowitt, piano
Susan Reid, soprano
Linda Radtke, alto
Paul Cohen, cello
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