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Virtual Tenement Concert – New York in Yiddish Song: In A Dark Blue Night

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When: Tuesday, March 26, 2024, 6:30 - 7:30 pm ET

Event Location: YouTube Live

Cost: Suggested Donation


Back by popular demand! We’re partnering up again with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research on March 26th on YouTube Live for a night exploring Jewish immigrant New York City of yesteryear, this time celebrating the release of Pulitzer Prize-finalist Alex Weiser’s new album, in a dark blue night.

A love letter to New York City, in a dark blue night features acclaimed singer Annie Rosen with a seven-piece chamber ensemble and comprises two song cycles that explore Jewish immigrant New York City. The first cycle, in a dark blue night, features five settings of Yiddish poetry written by newly arrived immigrants in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Coney Island Days follows and sets to music words from an oral history interview with Weiser’s grandmother about childhood in the bilingual immigrant world of Coney Island in the 1930s and ‘40s.

Musical performances from inside our recreated 1870s saloon will interweave songs from Weiser’s album with Yiddish songs of the past that explore the Jewish immigrant experience. From a lullaby imagining America as heaven and a hymn to the Statue of Liberty to ballads of sweatshop labor and inequality, the musical selections will bring a diversity of experiences from the historic Jewish Lower East Side to life.

The concert will feature introduction and historical commentary by Alex Weiser in conversation with Tenement Museum President Annie Polland, and musical performances by singer Annie Rosen and pianist Jason Wirth.

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 This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and by Con Edison.

Can’t make it? This program will continue to be available on our YouTube channel following the LIVE screening.

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