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Day 3: “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater”

May 3, 2016 @ 2:30 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: Tuesday, May 3
2:30 PM Wilhelm Grosz: Lieder and Piano Music
First Congregational Church Chapel, 1609 University Avenue
7:30 PM “Oy, how he sung!”: Journeys in Jewish Choral Music
Mills Hall, School of Music, 455 N. Park Street

Select UW-School of Music students will present an American and world premieres of vocal and piano music from the Viennese composer, Wilhelm Grosz.  The archive of Wilhelm Grosz has been lovingly preserved by his family: wife, daughter, and now granddaughter, since his untimely death in New York in 1939. A successful concert composer, Grosz traversed genres, embracing and integrating jazz and cabaret into concert form. His story is of voluntary (and prescient) displacement––first to Berlin, in the last dynamic days of the Weimar Republic, then back to Vienna before escape to London.  His journey to New York was a preparation for a new career as a Hollywood composer having achieved enormous success with hits such as Harbor Lights, Isle of Capri and Red Sails in the Sunset.  His body of work has remained largely untouched––ignored, post-war, when avant-garde atonality was at the forefront of concert music, and only briefly explored in Decca’s “Entartete Musik” series.  Grosz’s aesthetic is cosmopolitan, ironic, and full of joie de vivre.  Performed by Thomas Kasdorf, piano; Jessica Kasinski, mezzo-soprano; and Benjamin Schultz, bass-baritone.

Sung by an array of UW-Madison’s choirs, this program of Jewish choral represents the migration of musicians and their art from Russia to the peripheries of the Jewish world at the start of the twentieth century. It features Yiddish folksongs by Helsinki-born Simon Parmet, who trained in St. Petersburg but subsequently migrated to Berlin, New York, and back to Helsinki; and sacred music from three parts of the Russian Empire––Rostov-on-Don, Odessa, and Warsaw––that ended up in Cape Town, South Africa, via the travels of two important but hitherto unknown cantor-composers. This program is the result of archival research by Simo Muir (Helsinki material) and Steve Muir (Cape Town material).  A talk back will follow this event.







Various Locations
Madison, 53706 + Google Map