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Jewish Songs and Dances for Piano: Jacob Weinberg’s ‘Ten Jewish Songs’ (1933)

Hosted By: YIVO

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research presents a performance of Jacob Weinberg’s “Ten Jewish Songs” (1933), featuring a collection of Jewish folksongs, holiday songs, dances, and Hasidic nigunim arranged for piano. This collection, published by the Bloch Publishing Company for use in homes and schools, showcases the work of Weinberg, a pioneering composer in Jewish classical music educated at the Moscow Conservatory of Music.

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Thomas Kotcheff

Thomas Kotcheff (b. 1988) is a Los Angeles-based composer and pianist. His music has been described as “truly beautiful and inspired” (icareifyoulisten.com) and “explosive” (Gramophone magazine). His compositions have been performed internationally by The Riot Ensemble, New York Youth Symphony, wild Up, Sandbox Percussion, Trio Appassionata, Argus Quartet, Lyris Quartet, Alinde Quartett, USC Thornton Edge, The Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, HOCKET, Peabody Percussion Group, Latitude 49, and the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble amongst others. As a new music pianist, Thomas has dedicated himself to commissioning and premiering new piano works. His playing has been described as “dazzling” by Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times and “outstanding” by Steve Smith of Night after Night. In 2020, Thomas released the world premiere recording of Frederic Rzewski’s 75-minute solo piano work Songs of Insurrection in which Rzewski hailed his performance as “magnificent.” He is the pianist and founding member of the Los Angeles-based piano duo HOCKET.
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The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research is dedicated to the preservation and study of the history and culture of Eastern European Jewry and Yiddish language.
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