Concert program for a concert of Hebrew and Jewish music performed by Susie Michael, pianist-narrator, and Maurice Friedman, baritone. The program doesn't specify individual works performed, but an article previewing the concert in the Sunday, November 3rd Oregonian indicated the concert would consist of 6 sections: 1) The dawn of Hebrew music; 2) Hebrew music of the synagogue of present-day Palestine; 3) Piano pictures of new Palestine; 4) Jewish art songs; 5) Jewish piano selections; and 6) Israel sings in exile: the singing of mystics, and Jewish folk and chassidic songs. The Oregonian article also mentioned that this program would open the 1940-41 season of adult Jewish education sponsored by the Jewish Education Association, and was open to the public.
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A Cavalcade of Hebrew and Jewish Music The Songs, Stories and Music of a People WHO HAVE LIVED IN EVERY AGE AND BENEATH EVERY SKY AT TEMPLE BETH ISRAEL N. W. Corner Nineteenth Avenue and Flanders Street MONDAY EVENING, NOVEMBER FOURTH—8:30 P.M. Open to the Public—No charge "They renew a heritage of inestimable value and significance to those whose culture and civilization derive from the annals of the Old Testament." — Journal-Gazette (Fort Wayne, Ind.) Susie Michael PIANIST - NARRATOR Maurice Friedman BARITONE ACCLAIMED FROM COAST TO COAST PROVIDENCE, R. I. "The program was so far away from the routine of recitals and so well done as to be uncommonly interesting. It was a worth while evening." —Journal OMAHA, NEB. "Mr. Friedman possesses a voice of beautiful timbre and sings with the finish of a great artist . . . exceptional versatility in the handling of moods." —World-Herald FORT WAYNE, IND. "Susie Michael is a pianist of unusual attainment. Her playing is virile and brilliant. Furthermore, it was she who projected the vast panorama of the musical history of her race through a narrative maintained throughout the program." —Journal-Gazette PORTLAND, ORE. "A singer richly endowed by nature, both vocally and temperamentally. His sense ot the comic is worthy of a trained actor and his employment of this talent created some of the most entertaining moments the town has known this season." —The Oregonian SAN FRANCISCO "She is the possessor ot a fine and clear technique, a keen understandinq of fhe peculiar Semitic harmonization, as well as a very sympathetic flair for the art of accompaniment . . . enhanced the program with her elucidating introduction concerning the place of the Jew in music as well as the charming explanatory remarks of the character of each song." —Emanu-El VANCOUVER, B. C. "Maurice Friedman has a fine voice, gives to his songs complete sincerity, is emotionally well balanced and shades the subleties of the respective songs very well indeed." - —News-Herald HAILED FROM COAST TO COAST as one of the most unique and original contrbutions to the cultural life of America, "A CAVALCADE OF HEBREW AND JEWISH MUSIC," has been acclaimed by both critical and popular estimate. TWO distinguished and delightful artists, Susie Michael, gifted and charming pianist and narrator, and Maurice Friedman, richly-endowed baritone, have merged their talents in a single ideal—that of presenting in an authoritative and entertaining manner the music and story of an ancient people—Israel. Susie Michael, American born pianist of Polish-Russian ancestry, had the advantage of training under some of the world's great teachers—Sigismond Stojowski of New York, Victor Heinze of Chicago and Francis Richter of Minneapolis. As a concert pianist of distinction, she has been hailed as one of the most significant artists before the public today. With the same zeal and devotion that have characterized her entire artistic outlook, she entered the realm of Hebraic art, making herself an authority of both its music and the spoken word. Marice Friedman is an unique artist. Audiences everywhere succumb to the beauty of his vibrant baritone voice, his remarkable pantomimic-acting and his ingratiating personality. Whether it is an ancient synagogue chant, a modern Palestinian work song, a florid operatic arie or the wail of an ecstatic Chassid, Maurice Friedman is at one with each of these. "Ever the interpreter, never the singer," is his artistic motto. Never in the history of Jewish music in America has there been a singer of such breadth of training and experience. Son of a noted cantor, a boy soprano in a synagogue choir at six, at fifteen Maurice Friedman began the serious study of voice under eminent teachers. Continuing his general musical educaticn at the Institute of Musical Art of New York City, he also became associated with the famous Belgian concert baritone, Louis Graveure, Madame Guthman-Rice, Herbert Mustarde and other vocal authorities. His New York debut was made in 1928 with the distinguished American composer Fay Foster. With a love and appreciation for the rich heritage of his people and a desire to acquaint the discriminating American public with its hitherto neglected wealth of material, Maurice Friedman returned to the music of his ancestors to become as one critic describes him—" a musical ambassador of Good Will and Better Understanding." For only when Hebrew and Jewish music shall be presented with dignity and authority will it rightfully come into its own.
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November 4, 1940
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