Adrienne Cooper

cooper-adrienne-72Adrienne Cooper is internationally recognized for her contemporary innovations in Yiddish music and culture, mentoring a generation of singers of Yiddish, performing, recording, lecturing, teaching and writing. She is co-creator of groundbreaking works of music theater/multimedia – including Every Mother’s Son: Jewish Songs of War and Peacemaking”, “Esn: Songs from the Kitchen” with Frank London and Lorin Sklamberg. “The Memoir of Gluckl of Hameln” with Jenny Romaine and Frank London,and “Ghetto Tango”, She is featured on film (most recently in the documentaries “Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner” and in “Making Trouble! Three Generations of Funny Jewish Women”) and her recent writings on Yiddish culture have appeared in Lilith Magazine and the journal Bridges. As Executive Officer for Cultural Programs and Jewish Journeys at The Workmen’s Circle, she produces signature programs in Jewish literacy and culture. Her latest CD is, “Enchanted. ” Adrienne is preceded by 3 generations of Yiddish singers,and followed by a fifth generation, Sarah Mina Gordon who fronts the band “Yiddish Princess.”

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    It’s difficult to express through words the amount of artistic influence that KlezKanada has had on my life. The week spent being surrounded by old and new Jewish culture has helped open up pathways of creativity that have led to some of my most personal works. Most importantly, the people involved in the summer program are some of the nicest people you will ever meet, people who are dedicated to being good artists and good human beings as well. — Zachary Klein, Scholarship Student