Event Information
Center for Jewish History, CTMD Presents
Josh Waletzky: Boiberik and Beyond
Monday, November 08, 2010

Yiddish Songs for the 21st Century

Length: 2 hrs 00 mins
Intermission: None
Seating: General Admission
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One of the leading contemporary composers of Yiddish song, Josh Waletzky grew up in a family that was deeply embedded in the secular Yiddish world of Camp Boiberik and the Sholem Aleichem folkshuln. In this performance and conversation with fellow Boiberikaner Itzik Gottesman, Associate Editor of the Yiddish Forward, we will trace Waletzky's influences and development as a songwriter and composer—from his days at Boiberik to his pioneering work in the early days of the klezmer revival of the 1970s and 80s, to his critically-acclaimed 2001 album Crossing the Shadows (Ariber di shotns), to his latest compositions. Waletzky is also an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker, whose vast catalogue includes the seminal documentaries about Jewish life in Europe, Image Before My Eyes and Partisans of Vilna (which was followed by a Grammy-nominated soundtrack), and he served as a consultant on the script and music for Barbra Streisand's film Yentl. A reception will follow the program. This presentation is part of the An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture Series.

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