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Hankus Netsky Presents The Music of Morris Hollender, Waltham, MA, 5 Apr 2009

Hankus Netsky, courtesy National Yiddish Book CenterHankus Netsky Presents The Music of Morris Hollender

On Sunday, April 5th at 4PM Temple Beth Israel of Waltham will sponsor a concert featuring nigunim, klezmer tunes, cantorials, and Yiddish folk songs from the repertoire of Morris Hollender, the temple’s long-time baal t’file (lay cantor) and baal korey (Torah reader). The concert, organized by local musician, ethnomusicologist, and Temple member Hankus Netsky, will feature prominent local singers and the twenty-piece New England Conservatory Jewish Music Ensemble.

Originally from Carpato-Ruthenia, Morris Hollender’s father, uncle, and brothers were all renowned for their singing and their knowledge of nigunim (melodies) from local and legendary Hassidic rabbis and traditional cantors. A survivor of Auschwitz and a former resident of postwar Czechoslovakia, Mr. Hollender emigrated to America with his wife, Edith (also a survivor) in 1968. The April 5th concert is the result of Hankus Netsky’s ongoing work with the Mr. Hollender through the National Yiddish Book Center’s “Discovery Project,” an activist Jewish cultural recovery project that he directs. “It is extraordinary to have the opportunity to bring this precious Jewish musical legacy back to life, and to be able to pass these treasures on our students and to the general public,” says Netsky.

Temple Beth Israel is located at 25 Harvard St.
in Waltham, one block from Main St. on the 70 bus line. Tickets are $10 (a special $5 rate is available for Beth Israel members). The synagogue is fully handicapped accessible. For more information call 781 894 5146, or contact the temple at www.tbiwaltham.org. Group discounts are also available.

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