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Day 4: “Out of the Shadows: Rediscovering Jewish Music, Literature and Theater”

May 4, 2016 @ 3:30 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.

Wednesday, May 4
3:30 PM Collegiate Symposium
Attendance limited to 35 students/faculty
Pyle Center, Rm. 235, 702 Langdon Street

8:00 PM Mother Rachel and Her Children (Muter Rokhl un ire kinder)
Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall


Mother Rachel and Her Children is a commemorative oratorio in Yiddish about Jewish suffering and the Holocaust written in Helsinki in 1948.  Performed by UW-Madison Concert Choirs, this long-lost oratorio from Finland by Helsinki-born Jac Weinstein (1883-1976), takes the viewer on a journey with scenes from the two thousand years of suffering of the Jewish people that culminates in the death camps of the Third Reich. Yet, the journey ends in messianic panoramas for a glorious future and an exhortation by the narrator ‘Go forward and don’t look back!’   The music of the oratorio ranges from classic Jewish cantorial repertoire to Yiddish folksongs. A central piece in the oratorio called Eyli, Eyli (My God, My God) and many of the choir arrangements are by Helsinki-born composer and conductor Simon Pergament-Parmet (1897-1969), who is known for working with Berthold Brecht in 1940 on music for his wartime drama Mother Courage and Her Children. An international collaboration directed by David Ronis, this is a special performance in honor of Yom Hashoah. A talk back will follow this event.





Various Locations
Madison, 53706 + Google Map