This program presents a film screening and discussion about a treasury of Jewish music destroyed during Kristallnacht that was almost forgotten – but miraculously found!
The German Ambassador to the US, H.E. Emily Haber, the German Ambassador to Canada, H.E. Sabine Sparwasser and Marilyn Sinclair, founder of Liberation75 will be joined by panelists Dr. Alan Bern, Dr. Rainer Lotz, Sasha Lurje as well as moderators Laila Biali and Ben Wittman to screen the documentary film Beyond All Memories which will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.
The webinar and film screening is free to attend. Registration is required.
Semer Ensemble brings back to life the eclectic Jewish music captured on historic recordings made in Berlin between 1933-1938 on the short-lived Semer Records label. At a time when Jewish artists were banned by the Nazis from participation in the mainstream music industry, Semer offered a home to a vast array of artists and styles, including Yiddish folk and theatre songs, Berlin Cabaret, Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, operatic arias, klezmer, and cantorial music. After the destruction of the label's shop on Kristallnacht (Nov 9, 1938), this music was lost and forgotten for 60 years, until ethnomusicologist Rainer Lots scoured the world tracking down vinyl copies of the label's entire catalog. Now, joined by an all-star cast, New Jewish Music pioneer Alan Bern (Brave Old World, Other Europeans) directs a live concert program based on these recordings. The Semer Ensemble creates fresh interpretations and provocative, contemporary arrangements of repertoire from the original Semer Records catalog. This moving music re-creates a golden age of Jewish music, opening a tunnel in time between pre-war Berlin and today’s vibrant Jewish music scene.
Monday, November 9, 2020, 11 am PT, 2 pm ET, 8 pm MEZ, 9 pm IST