WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, at 7:30 PM
WHERE: Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, at 85 George Street in New Brunswick
Advance registration is requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 848.932.2033. For more information, visit the website www.BildnerCenter.rutgers.edu.
Yiddish Princess mixes power pop and hard rock with traditional Yiddish music, reflecting the powerful mix of cultures found in Brooklyn and other hipster outposts around the world today.
The concert, which is open to the public, will be followed by a talk-back with members of the band moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, a professor of Jewish Studies at Rutgers and a scholar of contemporary Yiddish culture, including groups that break the mold like Yiddish Princess.
The concert is presented in conjunction with Shandler’s undergraduate course at Rutgers on the Culture of Yiddish, which surveys Yiddish language and culture from the Middle Ages in Europe to contemporary Brooklyn. “The idea of a hard rock Yiddish band may seem surprising to some people, who think of Yiddish as being tied to the past,” Shandler notes, “but many young musicians are busy creating 21st-century Yiddish culture. For me, Yiddish Princess exemplifies contemporary Yiddish hipster culture, which draws on the riches of Yiddish going back generations and energizes it with the most up-to-date sounds and sensibilities. Anyone who wants to understand what is happening with Yiddish today should not miss this chance to hear contemporary Yiddish rock.”
Yiddish Princess was cofounded by Sarah Mina Gordon and Michael Winograd. Gordon, the band’s lead singer, has recorded and performed with the top Yiddish groups in the world, including The Klezmatics and Frank London’s Klezmer Brass All-Stars. Winograd, the group’s keyboardist, is a leading Klezmer clarinetist. The band released a self-titled EP in 2010. More information about Yiddish Princess can be found on their website at www.yiddishprincess.com.
The program is sponsored by the Department of Jewish Studies and the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers. It is free and open to the public and free parking is available.
The Department of Jewish Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to the academic study of all aspects of the Jewish experience at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses offered by the department, which are open to all students, address the historical, social, cultural, religious, and political life of the Jewish people from ancient times to the present.
The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life connects the university with the community through public lectures, symposia, Jewish communal initiatives, cultural events, and teacher training.