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Jewish Ideas Daily: “Not Dead Yet: The Remarkable Renaissance of Cantorial Music”

Allan Nadler reviews From Psalm to Lamentation: A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces: It was especially good to be reminded of hazzanut, our own equally magnificent treasury of classical composition for the synagogue, which for too long has been spurned and scorned by Jews of all denominations.  It was comforting and inspiring to be moved not… Continue Reading »

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A Legend Reborn: Rescuing Joseph Achron from Obscurity

Arnold Schoenberg and Jascha Heifetz considered him one of the greatest composers of their generation. He developed a revolutionary new system of playing the violin, which is now considered commonplace. He was one of the most celebrated and influential Jewish nationalist composers and was among the first to incorporate ancient Jewish trop (liturgical chant) into modern concertos,… Continue Reading »

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Announcing Pro Musica Hebraica’s 2011-2012 Season at the Kennedy Center

Pro Musica Hebraica is pleased to announce its fifth season at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. The 2011-2012 program features two extraordinary pianists who will explore the different faces of Jewish music — from the lost generation of European composers of the 1920s and 1930s to the greatest French pianists of the 19th century.

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My Journey to A Yiddishe Winterreise

My mother left Berlin in 1932. It was nothing to do with the Nazis, just that, fortunately, my grandfather happened to have been offered a journalistic position in London. In England my mother was teased for her German accent. Now people joke that she sounds like the Queen. She claimed, oddly I always felt, to… Continue Reading »

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Fighting over Folk Songs: The Story Behind “Oyfn Pripetshik”

There’s an old Yiddish proverb that says, “If all men pulled in the same direction, the world would topple over.” Jews have long loved a good argument over politics or religion. And it turns out that the same holds true for Jewish folk songs. As Pro Musica Hebraica gears up for our spring concert, it’s… Continue Reading »

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