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Yiddish Glory Performed LIVE from The New Zoomer Hall Classical FM 96 3

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Published on Jan 26, 2016

Video produced by Classical96.3FM: The public world premiere of Yiddish Glory: the lost songs of World War II in the Soviet Union, live on Toronto's 96.3 FM featuring Psoy Korolenko (vocals), Sophie Milman (vocals), Loyko's Sergey Erdenko (violin, vocals), Artur Gorbenko (violin, piano), Mike Savichev (guitar), plus Alexander Sevastian (accordion), Shalom Bard (clarinet), David Buchbinder (trumpet) and Isaac Rosenberg (vocals)

From of the Yiddish Glory project: the all-star supergroup that has come together to resurrect Jewish songs of World War II in the Soviet Union that were thought lost to history.

A tremendous discovery was made in Kiev, Ukraine. In the manuscript department of the Ukrainian National Library, archivists found a number of sealed boxes. They contained hand-written Yiddish documents dating back to 1947. Upon examination, it turned out that the pages contained thousands of songs, written by Yiddish-speaking Jews in Ukraine during World War II. Leading Soviet Jewish ethnomusicologists and linguists, including the legendary Moisei Beregovsky, had archived this music by Jewish refugees, Jewish soldiers in the Red Army and Holocaust survivors, who had defied Hitler in song. Stalin’s authorities arrested Beregovsky and his colleagues in 1950, and the documents were sealed. Scholars believed them to have been destroyed forever. University of Toronto professor Anna Shternshis learned of these songs buried deep in the archive. None has been performed in nearly 70 years. Until now. Shtershis worked with Psoy Korolenko, a poet, philologist, and performer of Yiddish music, reconstruct the tunes for these songs. The process was similar to that of archaeological digs, as they analyzed scarce supplementary notes, contextualized the lyrics, and took a leap of imagination.

This is part of the Yiddish Glory concert at Classical 96.3 FM with artists featured on the recording of the recently discovered music, being produced by Anna Shternshis and Dan Rosenberg.


Psoy Korolenko (vocals), one of Russia’s most popular – and clever – songwriters, as well as a pre-eminent Yiddish singer, and one of the very few creating new material in the language. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psoy_Ko...)

Sophie Milman, JUNO Award-winning singer born in Russia, raised in Israel and now living in Toronto. She burst on the scene as a teenager in 2004 with her captivating jazz performances. (http://sophiemilman.com)

Loyko (violins, guitar): The virtuosic Russian trio of classical, conservatory-trained violinists Sergey Erdenko and Artur Gorbenko, and guitarist Mike Savichev has made a career performing Roma (Gypsy) music magic at an elite level, completely reinventing the genre and pushing the performance limits of their instruments. (www.loyko.net)

Alexander Sevastian, from the Belarus capital of Minsk, now living in Thornhill, Ontario, is widely considered among the world’s greatest accordionists, in both folk music and classical. (http://alexandersevastian.com)

Shalom Bard, born in Haifa, Israel, is a highly respected orchestral, chamber and folk clarinetist and was the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s first RBC Resident Conductor. (www.shalombard.com)

David Buchbinder (trumpet), award-winning composer, producer and cultural inventor, creator of the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Shurum Burum Jazz Circus and the Ashkenaz festival. (www.davidbuchbinder.ca)

Anna Shternshis is the Al and Malka Green Professor of Yiddish and the acting director of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. A specialist in Soviet Yiddish culture, she is the author of the book Soviet and Kosher: Jewish Popular Culture in the Soviet Union, 1923 – 1939. (http://german.utoronto.ca/anna-shtern...)

Isaac Rosenberg (b. 2003) is a member of the Octava Choir, and sings in Russian, English, French and Yiddish. He will perform songs written during World War II by an 11-year old who lost his family during the Holocaust.

More information about Shternshis’ discovery of the lost Yiddish songs of the Holocaust in the U.S.S.R. is at http://ingeveb.org/blog/ironic-invers....

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