It would be hard to say that Joseph Rumshinsky was destined for greatness. The son of an amateur voice teacher and a hatter in Russian-controlled Vilna, his story is in many ways the true American dream—a theme that appeared in his shows repeatedly throughout his career.
From their beginnings in Ukraine to their success across stage, screen and radio in America, our multimedia exploration of the great works and artists of Yiddish theater continues with two of the biggest names to grace the marquees of Second Avenue: Alexander Olshanetsky and Sholom Secunda.
L’dor vador is a cornerstone of Jewish life, passing on knowledge and traditions, but rarely does it overlap with the family business, and even rarer is that business the business of Jewish culture itself (although perhaps more prominently in the Jewish world than others).
Like most of the people who made it what it was, the Yiddish theater was born in Europe but found its greatest success in America.
Our virtual exhibit “Intimate Voices: Solo and Ensemble Music of Jewish Spirit” continues its multimedia exploration of Jewish chamber music, from its roots to its fully mature—and still evolving—art form.
At the turn of the 20th century, Jewish people in the Russian Empire were dreaming of a national identity, along with a homeland and a compelling historical narrative to match. *DON'T MISS A BEAT* Get the latest updates from the Milken Archive, including articles and giveaways.
*Update: *Our Passover Giveaway promotion has ended. Yehudi Wyner is one of America’s most decorated composers. Among his more than 100 compositions for orchestra, chamber ensembles, chorus, and solo voices and instruments are several profound meditations on Jewish experience.
The first Jewish voices in the new world almost didn’t make it. As Sephardim, they were evicted from Spain and fled to Amsterdam, from which they later sailed to Brazil. Fearing a new Inquisition there, they fled once again to New Amsterdam in 1654.
Though Jack Gottlieb (1930–2011) was fascinated by music from a young age, his musical calling came later.
Radio Seferad's English Corner host Linda Jimenez was joined by our curator, Jeff Janeczko, to talk about the Milken Archive's founding, collections, and themes. Listen to the entire *20 minute interview here. *