Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and Chassidic Music: featuring Avraham Fried, Netanel Hershtik, Yankv Lemmer, Joseph Malovany, Lipa Schmeltzer, Zusha. Music Director: Avremi Gourarie. Music Supervisor: Zalmen Mlotek.
The SummerStage concert is also a part of KulturfestNYC, a week-long festival of Jewish performing arts celebrating the centennial season of the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene.
Yiddish Soul: A Concert of Cantorial and popular contemporary Chassidic Music, features five of the leading Cantorial singers from the modern Chassidic music scene. Incorporating contemporary musical styles and sensibilities, while keeping the message and the poetry pure and true to the ethical tenets of Judaism, modern orthodox music has swept up a generation of young Jewish music fans. The liturgical music of the Cantor has for centuries been the spiritual gateway for Jewish worshippers and communities in synagogues around the world. The virtuosity and deeply emotional artistry of the world’s great Cantors has been a passion of music aficionados from the earliest days of the recording and film media, when Cantors like the legendary Yosele Rosenblatt became models of vocal virtuosity. Today, this sound has crossed over into mainstream jazz and world music festivals and performing arts centers worldwide.
Yiddish Soul also highlights the enduring commitment to preserve and celebrate the Yiddish language and culture by both religious and secular Jewish artists and communities, bringing together pioneers of the Yiddish and Klezmer revival, such as Artistic Director Zalmen Mlotek, and musical consultant, Klezmatics founder Frank London, with the Chassidic superstars Avraham Fried and Lipa Schmeltzer, whose original Yiddish songs have become international hits among their young followers. World renowned cantors Joseph Malovany, Netanel Hershtik and Yanky Lemmer are featured as well. The concert also features the new and very popular neo-Chassidic “hipster” band Zusha, which has drawn sell out audiences of young New Yorkers of diverse ethnicity to their concerts. The musical director for Yiddish Soul is Avremi Gourarie, renowned arranger and conductor of the modern Chassidic musical genre.