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Day 2: “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater”

May 2, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm

“Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater” on May 1 – 5, 2016, in Madison, Wisconsin (the only United States location) as part of “Performing the Jewish Archive.”

The U.S. component of a major international research project, “Performing the Jewish Archive,” led by the University of Leeds, in England, has attracted significant funding to shine new light on forgotten works by Jewish artists. The University of Wisconsin–Madison and the City of Madison are uniquely situated as the sole hosts for the project’s performance events within the United States; one of the premier public research-intensive universities in the world, located in a community that lives and breathes diverse arts, while striving for social change.

After welcoming over 500 people to our one-day event in Madison last August, the full festival, “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater” will be the first of four festivals around the world.  There will be five days of performing events from Sunday, May 1, through Thursday, May 5, 2016. Tickets for most events are $10 general admission, $5 students.  Please purchase tickets in advance through the WI Union Theater or for the Collage Concert Finale, Overture Center.  Local partners include the UW-Madison School of Music, Mosse-Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture, and the Arts Institute at UW-Madison; Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Madison Youth Choirs, and Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Schedule of Events: Monday, May 2
12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch and the Lambert Cylinders with Henry Sapoznik from the Mayrent Institute for Yiddish Culture at the University Club
803 State Street
6:45 – 7:05 PM Dr. David Fligg’s pre-concert chat
7:30 PM Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society: European Jewish Composers who came to America
First Unitarian Society Meeting House
900 University Bay Drive (Parking in lot and along Marshall Court)

At lunchtime, join ethnomusicologist and Mayrent Institute of Yiddish Culture Founding Director Henry Sapoznik for an audio tour of the oldest Yiddish sound recordings: the c.1900 cylinders from the Thomas Lambert Company of Chicago.  With these extremely rare cylinders, we not only learn about the depth of the first strata of Yiddish popular culture, but also learn about the marketing and outreach of a pioneering and largely forgotten record label.

A BDDS concert, European Jewish Composers in America will be preceded by a pre-concert lecture by Dr. David Fligg, who will discuss the impact that exile and emigration had on three European Jewish composers, Arnold Schoenberg, Ernst Bloch, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold.  Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society will the perform chamber music masterpieces by these three who emigrated to the US and changed the course of American music. Schoenberg’s 1st Chamber Symphony, presented in Webern’s notable arrangement for chamber ensemble, incited riots and protests at its early performances, but is now recognized as a classic of the repertoire. Korngold was writing his Oscar-winning score to Robin Hood when the Anschluss overwhelmed his homeland. He instantly became a refugee and made the remainder of his career in the US, setting the standard for Hollywood film scores. BDDS plays his 3rd String Quartet of 1945, a work that celebrates the Allied victory over Hitler. Swiss-born Bloch came to the US in 1916 and became director of the Cleveland Institute of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory, teaching some of America’s most important musicians. BDDS plays his 1st Piano Quintet of 1923, a thrilling work that was praised by an early critic as depicting “a joyous orgy of savages beneath the tropical sun.” A talk back will follow this event.






May 2, 2016
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Madison, 53706 + Google Map