The Glory Days of Summer!
As part of our 2019 theme UNTOLD STORIES, KlezKanada is proud to feature Yiddish Glory. Curated and developed by Yiddish scholar Anna Shternshis (University of Toronto) and the legendary singer-songwriter-scholar Psoy Korolenko, Yiddish Glory: The Long Songs of World War II is a project of music brought back to life.
Originally complied by ethnomusicologist Moyshe Beregovski, this is the repertoire of Jewish Red Army soldiers, of refugees, of the victims and survivors of Ukrainian ghettos, and of other forgotten voices of the Soviet Jewish experience during the Second World War. Long thought lost or destroyed, these texts have been found again, re-imagined through meticulous research and creative composition, and fashioned into a program of beautiful and rich new-old music. The recipient of rave reviews on every continent, Yiddish Glory was nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award in the category of Best World Music Album!
At KlezKanada this summer, you’ll not only have the chance to listen to Yiddish Glory, but to learn directly from its creators. Join us as we delve deeper into these unique archival sources, uncover further treasures, and come together as a community to make anew that, which was thought to be lost.