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POSTPONED Lecture-Concert: Challenging the Theater of Memory: Yiddish Song beyond Kitsch and Stereotype.

Music and Minorities
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The lecture-concert is due to illness postponed to October 11, 2022. 

Performing Yiddish music in post-war Germany and Austria comes with a set of expectations and assumptions about Jewish culture. In this lecture-concert, Yiddish musicians and researchers Isabel Frey and Benjy Fox-Rosen confront these expectations, challenging the so-called “Theater of Memory” where Jewish roles are limited and often instrumentalized to fit into the broader dominant cultural narrative.

The musical journey begins with nostalgic Yiddish songs before moving to unaccompanied folk songs collected through ethnographic fieldwork. It continues with partisan and resistance songs from the Shoah and concludes with new Yiddish music by the artists themselves. Through musical performance, dialogue and short essayistic fragments, Frey and Fox-Rosen reflect on the myth of the shtetl, the ruptures and continuities of oral transmission, the weight of Holocaust memory culture and their own attempts to creatively deal with the expectations inherent to performing Jewish music in the German-speaking world.

With opening remarks by Ursula Hemetek (mdw) and József Laszlovszky (CEU) and a Q&A session hosted by Michael L. Miller (CEU). Visuals by Tamara Yael Kanfer.

This event is held in cooperation with @CEUJS – Jewish Studies Program at CEU, @CultHerCEU – Cultural Heritage Studies Program at CEU, and @CEUCultureHub.

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Live stream: Time and date:
Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 18:00

mdw – University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna

Fanny Hensel Hall
Anton-von-Webern-Platz 1
1030 Vienna, Austria

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Please note that the 2G regulation will be applied at the event. In addition, an FFP2 mask must be worn at all times, also at the seat.

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