Semer Ensemble Klezmer Concert
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Semer Ensemble Klezmer Concert

November 11, 2017 , 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Semer Ensemble Klezmer Concert
Direct from Berlin Bringing Jewish Music Back From the Ashes of Kristallnacht
The Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh and the Center for Loving Kindness and Civic Engagement of the Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh are pleased to share this important artistic and social justice program with the community.
When: Saturday, November 11, 7:30‐9:30 PM
Katz Theater
JCC of Greater Pittsburgh
5738 Darlington Road, Squirrel Hill
$18; $10/student; no fee for Survivors. Purchase tickets here:
First Amendment Rights and Klezmer Music In an era when freedom of speech is being challenged, we turn back to 1930s Berlin to learn lessons of history that can apply to today.
The Berlin‐based Semer Ensemble, comprised of musicians from the US, Russia, Germany and Latvia, perform music that was lost to the world for more than 70 years. The Semer record label was founded in Berlin,1932 to record Jewish music. On November 9, 1938 (Kristallnacht), more than 4,500 of the records were destroyed by the Nazis. From 1992‐2001, German musicologist Rainer E. Lotz scoured the globe searching for the recordings in far‐ ung places; miraculously, he succeeded in collecting the entire roster of Semer’s output. Berlin’s Jewish Museum commisioned Indianapolis‐born composer Alan Bern to put together an ensemble with the purpose of performing the Semer repertoire. It was rst performed at a klezmer festival in 2012.
For the whole story:‐jewish‐music‐ back‐from‐ the‐ashes‐of‐kristallnacht/
Rabbi Ron Symons, JCC Senior Director of Jewish Life 412.697.3235; Cell: 412.736.4334; email:
Lauren Bairnsfather, PhD, Executive Director, Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh 412‐939‐7287 or 412‐421‐1500; email


November 11, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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