Jewish LGBTQ Monthly Bay Area Mixer


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Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell

The Sidor Belarsky Songbook: A presentation and performance
accompanied by George Emblom

Thursday, June 6, 2013, 7:00pm

Jewish Community Library
1835 Ellis St., San Francisco

African-American by birth and Jewish by choice, Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell is a fresh new voice in the contemporary Yiddish music scene. Having trained and performed as an operatic bass, Russell has more recently discovered in Yiddish art song an ideal canvas for the expression of his own multifaceted identity. Russell has immersed himself in the recital repertoire of Ukrainian-born Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), one of the most prolific performers of cantorial music, Hassidic nigunim, and Yiddish folk songs (and best known to many from the soundtrack to the film A Serious Man). Striving in his interpretations to "embody the aspirations, desires, and struggles of one diaspora culture enriched with the colors and experiences of another," Russell gives new life to an oft-neglected repertoire.

Program made possible, in part, by Mike Zimmerman. Co-presented by Be'chol Lashon (In Every Tongue) the 28th Jewish Music Festival, KlezCalifornia, and the Workmen's Circle/Arbeter Ring of Northern California

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