In the first week of August, CTMD joined Yiddish New York, the Museum of Jewish Heritage and many others to put together two online programs, BEYLE 100 and Survivor Songs: The Amazing Stonehill Recordings in celebration of the Yiddish folksong tradition.
BEYLE 100 was a special online concert celebrating the 100th birthday of Yiddish songwriter, poet, and singer Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (1920-2013). The program, conceived by Binyumen Schaechter featured a number of the Yiddish world’s leading contemporary performers who were influenced by Schaechter-Gottesman.
Also during this past week, we had the special online multimedia program Survivor Songs: The Amazing Stonehill Recordings. In the summer of 1948, amateur folklorist Ben Stonehill recorded more than 1,000 songs from Holocaust refugees who were being housed temporarily in the lobby of the Hotel Marseilles on New York’s Upper West Side. For this event, Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs revealed the inside story of Ben Stonehill’s heroic project, and shared the remarkable performances Stonehill captured on wire recordings.