Newton JCC Bookfair special: "Yiddish Folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archive", Nov 11, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 4 PM
Join us for a
Special Boston Jewish Book Fair Event Celebrating the Publication of
"Yiddish Folksongs from the Ruth Rubin Archive"
Featuring live music by the Klezmer Conservatory Band's Hankus Netsky and vocalist Judy Bressler, the screening of Cindy Marshall's award winning short documentary, "A Life of Song: A Portrait of Ruth Rubin" and remarks by editor Mark Slobin
Dr Ruth Rubin dedicated her life to preserving Yiddish folk songs. Over the course of her career, Rubin collected some 2,000 songs from generations of people who had grown up in a flourishing Yiddish-speaking environment that was mostly ruined by Nazi annihilation and Stalinist repression. This collection is based on a manuscript that Rubin was unable to publish before her death, with additional annotation and commentary provided by noted music scholars Chana Mlotek and Mark Slobin.
Hankus Netsky is the founder and director of the internationally renowned Klezmer Conservatory Band. He has composed extensively for film and television and has collaborated with such artists as Itzhak Perlman, Robin Williams, Joel Grey and Theodore Bikel.
Cindy Marshall's documentary "A Life of Song: A Portrait of Ruth
Rubin" was the winner of the Columbus Film Festival's Chris Bronze
Award. Highlights of the film include archival photos of Jewish life in
Eastern Europe and footage of Dr Rubin - in her eighties- gathering
songs from older Jewish folks in Montreal and educating young people
about Yiddish folk songs and their importance to Jewish life.
Mark Slobin is a professor of music at Wesleyan University and a scholar of Jewish and Central European music. He is the author of "Tenement Songs: Popular Music of the Jewish Immigrants" and "Exploring the Klezmer World.
Tickets: $15, $12 JCC, National Yiddish Book Center, and Workmen's Circle members
Co-sponsored by the National Yiddish Book Center and Workmen's Circle *
Thursday, December 6, 7:30 PM
A Living Lens
*PHOTOGRAPHS OF JEWISH LIFE FROM THE PAGES OF THE FORWARD*
A photographic presentation by Alana Newhouse, Arts and Culture Editor
of the Forward
A Living Lens
Alana Newhouse narrates a slide show presentation of photographs from /A
Living Lens, /
an extraordinary new volume of never seen before pictures from the
archives of the
/Forward./ Featuring the classic photographs associated with the
/Forward - /Lower East
Side pushcarts, Yiddish Theatre, labor rallies along with unexpected
gems such as Harry
Truman's haberdashery, Carpathian mountain musicians, and Mussolini's Jewish
Book Signing Follows - $7, $5 JCC, National Yiddish Book Center, and
Workmen's Circle members
Co-sponsored by the National Yiddish Book Center and Workmen's Circle
Boston Jewish Book Fair Events take place at the Leventhal-Sidman Jewish
Community Center, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton Centre, MA.