The Jewish Music Forum of The AmericanSociety for Jewish Music
“Israel in Three Anthems”
Michael A. Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Music, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Discussant: Brigid Cohen, Assistant Professor of Music, NYU
Monday, November 28th at 7pm. at the Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, New York, NY 10011. Tickets are free and all programs are open to the public. Please rsvp to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This talk discusses how three anthems—“Ha-Tikva,” “L’Internationale,” and “Yerushalayim shel Zahav”— have helped shaped Israeli society, analyzing these songs as performances of collectivity representing the multifaceted nature of Zionism and the shifting political landscape in Israel.
Michael A. Figueroa is an ethnomusicologist whose work resides at the intersection of music and political consciousness in Middle Eastern and African American contexts.
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It is sad news to report the passing today, November 20, 2016, of Reb Ben Zion Shenker z”l. Reb Shenker was renowned as the composer of over a thousand songs in the chassidic tradition, at least 400 in the Modzitzer style. Shenker was born in Brooklyn in 1925. As a child, he participated in the synagogue choir led by cantor Joshua Samuel Weisser [Pilderwasser], then a leading cantor in country. In the late 1930s, Weisser aided his appearance on radio and helped set the stage for Shenker to study composition and music theory. While his parents were from nearby Lubin, Shenker became known for helping preserve the Modzitzer musical tradition of chassidic song after meeting the Modzitzer rebbe (Rabbi Saul Taub) in NY in 1940. He started transcribing many of the melodies sung by the rebbe and others in that community becoming essentially “musical secretary” for the dynasty. …
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“The American Musicological Society’s purpose is to advance scholarship in the various fields of music through research, learning, and teaching. To do this, it publishes a Journal, holds an Annual Meeting, supports books in musicology, and offers a broad array of grants, fellowships, and awards throughout the year.”
“The aim of ADAM is to preserve information about projects in digital musicology that were ground-breaking in their time but lack a substantial online presence. Projects end for a variety of reasons: discontinuation of funding, insurmountable changes of technology, or the retirement of a director. These projects remain stand-outs for the careful musical thinking that underlies them and the innovative approaches they introduced. For curated digital and hybrid editions, see EVE: Electronic and Virtual Editions.”
“The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.”
The Canadian University Music Society (MusCan, formerly CUMS) / Société de musique des universités canadiennes (MusCan, formerly SMUC) was incorporated in 1989 provides a meeting-place for administrators and faculty of both university music programmes and professional schools of music to exchange views and discuss common problems.
“This website provides links to substantial open-access projects of use to musicians and musicologists. With a burgeoning number of digital resources available, remembering titles of sites and pathways to them can be difficult. Digital Resources in Musicology (DRM) is organized topically and provides a rapid search tool for specialties within heterogeneous collections. Neither the links nor their descriptions are exhaustive.”
“The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level. MLA publishes the journal Notes, the world’s leading journal in its field.”
“Founded in 1973, NEDCC is the first independent conservation laboratory in the nation to specialize exclusively in treating collections made of paper or parchment, such as works of art, photographs, books, maps, manuscripts, and more. The Center
offers conservation treatment, digital imaging, and audio preservation services, as well as training, consultations, and disaster advice for collections.”
Fourth Boston Byzantine Music Festival
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 pm
First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA
Sacred Voices, Sacred Traditions
CAPPELLA CLAUSURA (Amelia LeClair, Director)
HOLY CROSS ST. ROMANOS THE MELODIST BYZANTINE CHOIR (Grammenos Karanos, Director)
KOL AREV (Lynn Torgove, Artistic Director, Amy Lieberman, Music Director)
Performers present the medieval, post-medieval, and contemporary liturgical and paraliturgical music of Christianity and Judaism, including works by the ninth-century Byzantine nun Kassia, the Renaissance lutenist Sulpitia Cesis, the German composer of Jewish liturgical music Louis Lewandowski, and the contemporary composers Joseph Ness and Arvo Pärt.
KOL AREV will be joined by soloist Cantor Elías Rosemberg and violinist Yaeko Miranda Elmaleh, klezmer clarinetist Cantor Becky Khitrik, and accordionist Michael Mclaughlin.
Tickets: $25 • Students: $10 with valid ID
Limited box office sales on the day of performances: $30 per concert (check or credit card only).…
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