Jewish Songs and Dances: Music from the Archive of Lazare Saminsky


June 21, 2017
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in partnership with Temple Emanu-El

Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series

This concert explores the legacy of composer Lazare Saminsky. Born in Vale-Gotzulovo, Ukraine in 1882, Saminsky was one of the earliest members of the Society for Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg – a group of composers committed to forging a new national style of Jewish classical music infused with Jewish folk melodies and liturgical music. Saminsky immigrated to the United States in 1920 where he co-founded the League of Composers in 1923, and was the music director of Temple Emanu-El from 1924-1958. Saminsky’s oeuvre represents a broad cross section of Jewish music ranging from sacred to secular. His songs set texts in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino, and more, and his music takes its inspiration from all around the Jewish world. This concert features some of Saminsky’s greatest compositions alongside composers of his new- and old-world coteries including Joel Engel, Joseph Achron, and Lyubov Streicher. Performances by Emanu-El’s Cantor Mo Glazman as well as E. Bagg, Brigid Coleridge, Julian Schwartz, and Marika Bournaki will feature a variety of songs and chamber music with violin, cello, and piano.

The Sidney Krum Young Artists Concert Series is made possible by a generous gift from the Estate of Sidney Krum.

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