Ashkenaz Foundation and Holocaust Education week presents...

Semer Ensemble

Happening in the George Weston Recital Hall

Semer Ensemble brings back to life the eclectic Jewish music captured on historic recordings made in Berlin between 1933-1938 on Semer Records. This shortlived record label served as a “musical Noah’s Ark” at a time when the Nazis had banned Jewish artists from the mainstream music industry. The label recorded a vast array of artists and styles, including Yiddish folk and theatre songs, Berlin Cabaret, Russian and Ukrainian folk songs, operatic arias, and cantorial music. This precious musical time capsule of a world facing annihilation was thought lost for decades following the destruction of Semer’s store and master recordings on Kristallnacht, but 60 years later, ethnomusicologist Rainer Lots succeeded in re-assembling almost the entire catalog.

Joined by an all-star cast, Alan Bern (Brave Old World) directs a concert program based on these recordings, creating fresh interpretations of repertoire from the original Semer catalog.

Presented in association with Holocaust Education Week.


November 8, 20178:00 pm