Yiddish Glory Russia/Canada
Hailed by more than 100 critics and journalists around the world, Yiddish Glory is a rare and extraordinary program of songs and lyrics composed by Holocaust victims and survivors in the Soviet Union during World War II. Many of the songs are eyewitness accounts of Nazi atrocities in Ukraine at sites such as Babi Yar, Pechora and Tulchin, while others are explicit descriptions of resistance and revenge. Others are simply expressions of love, hope and even humour amidst unimaginable circumstances. Most of the songs were written by women and children, perspectives rarely seen in music of this period.
The songs were originally collected during the war by a team of Jewish Soviet ethnomusicologists led by Moisei Beregovsky. Shortly afterwards, during Stalin’s anti-Jewish purge, the collectors were arrested, their work confiscated, and they died thinking the music was lost to history. Now these rare gems have been rediscovered and resurrected in a jaw-dropping new program. Conceived and created by Professor Anna Shternshis and musical archaeologist Psoy Korolenko, Yiddish Glory’s all-star international cast includes Toronto’s beloved jazz chanteuse Sophie Milman, Moscow-based Gypsy virtuosi Trio Loyko, Montreal-based accordion virtuoso Sergiu Popa, internationally-acclaimed clarinetist Julian Milkis, and Ashkenaz Festival co-founder David Buchbinder, among others. Don’t miss this unforgettable concert event!
WATCH A VIDEO featuring Sophie Milman
YIDDISH GLORY: THE LOST SONGS OF WWII
TUESDAY AUGUST 28, 7:30pm
Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.
Presented by ShowOne Productions, in collaboration with Ashkenaz and Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at University of Toronto