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Talk/Performance: "Yiddish Folksong: A Two-Part Presentation"

Dr. Itzik Gottesman (UT Austin) and Ethel Raim


Part I:

Dr. Itzik Gottesman will present a talk on "The Life of the Yiddish Folksinger." Over the past 150 years Jewish folklorists have collected hundreds of Yiddish songs in Eastern Europe and in the United States but hardly ever wrote down even the smallest detail about the singer's life: how did they learn the song, where and when do they sing it? What does the song mean to them? In this talk, Dr. Gottesman will present the life history of one singer and using rare field recordings show how these songs fit into her life and view of the world. 

Part II:

Ethel Raim, a pioneer in bringing traditional Yiddish and Balkan music to a wider American popular audience, will perform. Ms. Raim co-founded and was for many years the artistic director of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance in Manhattan. As a sought-after teacher and performer of traditional Yiddish song, she has traveled to festivals in Europe, Canada, and many US states.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 at 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Patton Hall (RLP), 1.302B
305 23RD ST E, Austin, Texas 78712

Event Type

Arts & Humanities, World & Culture


College of Liberal Arts

Target Audience

Students, Staff, Faculty, Alumni, Families, General Public





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