Beerthoven Concert Series presents HeBrews: Klezmer, German, and Yiddish Songs
Beerthoven will raise a glass to music of Jewish descent, from the celebratory sounds of klezmer, to the meditative music of Yom Kippur, to memorializing songs of the Holocaust. Performers will include Pianist Xin Chang, Baritone David Small (Professor of Voice of the University of Texas), Cellist Seth Russel, and Clarinetist Luz Sarmiento.
The Jewish people had an undeniable impact on German music, especially through the contributions of composer Gustav Mahler, whose Kindertotenlieder will be featured on this program. The performances will also feature songs written by Jews who were detained in the Theresienstadt concentration camp such as Ilse Weber, Adolf Strauss, and Viktor Ullmann. A more contemporary look at the Holocaust will take place through Yiddish song settings by living composer Judith Shatin. Other Jewish works will also be featured, including Ernest Bloch' setting of Kol Nidre. Beerthoven is proud to feature Rabbi Neil Blumofe of congregation Agudas Achim, who will recite poetry to the music of Viktor Ullmann.
Beerthoven events include free beer, wine, and other refreshments and are family-friendly.