Semer Ensemble

Date and Time: Monday, November 13, 7:30pm
Venue: UVM Recital Hall
Address: 384 South Prospect Street, Burlington, VT 05405
Tickets: $30 adult/$5 student

Pre-show Talk with Artists in Hall, 6:30pm

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“The Semer Ensemble has brought the musicians of 1930s Berlin back to life after decades of silence.“- Songlines


In 1938, on Kristallnacht, in Berlin, the entire archive and storehouse of an important repository of Jewish records and music was destroyed. Believing that this material must still exist somewhere in the form of sheet music and records sold to patrons, German musicologist Dr. Rainer E. Lotz has made it his life’s work to seek out these many rare examples of Jewish music produced by Semer Records. An all-star cast of musicians from Europe and the United States has formed the Semer Ensemble to bring this recovered music to the public for the first time. The often dramatic, emotional songs range from klezmer, to cabaret, to prayer music. Led by the great Alan Bern (Brave Old World) and including Yiddish vocalist Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics) and more, this is an astonishing evening of the Golden Age of Jewish Music that was almost lost to history and violence.


Sponsored by:

The L&C Miller Distinguished Professorship in the Miller Center for Holocaust Studies