Interview with Jascha Nemtsov

Jascha Nemtsov is a world-renowned pianist and scholar of European Jewish and Russian┬ácomposers from the inter-war period. Through his performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, on more than 26 CDs, and in many academic works,┬áJascha has brought the forgotten works of these persecuted composers to the world’s attention. Tonight, he will present “In the Exile: A Concert of Jewish Music,” in McGill’s Redpath Hall. He spoke with me before the performance about why these composers are of particular historical and musical significance, and what drew his interest to them in the first place.

 

Video from Klez Kanada Student Presentations

From August 22nd-28th, Klez Kanada hosted their 16th annual festival devoted to Jewish culture and the arts. Set in the beautiful Laurentian mountains, the festival hosts musical, comedic, and dance performances, and a course on Jewish music co-hosted by the McGill Department of Jewish Studies.

Below is a video of the student presentations from that course.

 

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