Winter in Yiddishland. Full information and booking here.
This Workers Circle Our program will include Yiddish classes, lectures, music workshops and a concert featuring Klezmer stars from around the world. My workshop will be A winter journey with Schubert, where you are invited to sing a Yiddish adaptation of ‘Der Leiermann’ in Yiddish.
Polina Shepherd’s 75 minute workshop will be part of this.
A winter journey with Schubert
Come sing a Yiddish adaptation of ‘Der Leiermann’ (the Organ-grinder or Hurdy-gurdy Man), the final song in the Franz Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle. Moyshe-Leyb Halpern translated it into Yiddish in the early 1900s, and Der Leiermann became Der Katerinchik. When you hear and sing the Yiddish version, you will marvel how Schubert’s simple melody with Halpern’s translation sounds as if it was always meant to be sung by displaced Eastern European Jews. Hear the sadness of the poor musician, the longing for Home, the eternal winter.
See the full programme of the day and book here