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[VIRTUAL] Roots, Rhythm, and Resilience: Musical Intersections of Black and Jewish Diasporas

Date: February 17, 2022Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

This four-part virtual lecture and concert series explores the cultural, musical, and political intersectionality of Black and Jewish cultures throughout the centuries – the effects of their forcible migrations and marginalizations, common struggles for equality, musical assimilations, and quests for bridging the gaps. Presented as part of Black History Month and featuring guest speakers Denise Williams and Jordan Klapman, who are musicians and educators. 


February 3: Roots - folk songs and indigenous cultural songs: Yiddish, Jewish, Sephardic, African, Afro-Caribbean
February 10: Resilience - Spirituals, Freedom Songs, Call, and Response, Old Testament Commonalities
February 17: Taking The American Stage - Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley, Cabaret, Musical Theatre, and the Civil Rights era
February 24: All That Jazz - Jazz standards influenced by Black and Jewish composers

Denise Williams is a singer, voice teacher, artistic director, and producer. Her 30+ year international solo performance career has put her at home on the concert, opera, and theatre stages, working with, to name a few national companies, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale, The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Mirvish Productions, Eastern Front Theatre, Theatre Northwest as well as international appearances.

Jordan Klapman is a pianist, bandleader, music director, recording producer, and popular music educator. Since 1977, he has specialized in the performance of 20th-century popular music, including ragtime, traditional jazz, Dixieland, 1920s/30s salon music, Big Band, The Great American Songbook, Broadway, and klezmer.

Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24 | 11:00 am - 1:30 pm | $40 for the series

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