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Club Chaverut: Jonno Lightstone

Sunday, May 22, 2022 21 Iyyar 5782

7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

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Songs From the Heart: The Story of Yiddish Music

Yiddish, mame-loshen of the Jews of Eastern Europe, dialect of the street, language of the heart, and lexicon of song; Yiddish song. Yiddish songs continue to move us and resonate in our collective imagination, telling stories of love and laughter, stories of every day life and of struggles with adversity. In this, the 1st segment of a 3 part series we explore Yiddish music from its very inception in the towns and shtetls of Eastern Europe through the golden age of Yiddisher theatre in America. At the beginning of the modern era, sound recordings helped to popularize songs by greatest singers of the Yiddish theatre, film and radio followed close behind. From this great repository of Yiddish we present the music of composers and performers such as Abraham Golfaden, Aaron Lebedeff, Yoselle Rosenblatt, Moyshe Oisher and Seymour Rechtzeit. Sit back and enjoy!

Jonno Lightstone is a multi-instrumentalist, equally at home on saxophone, clarinet and flute. He graduated from the Humber College Jazz program in 1990 and holds a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from York University.Jonno is regarded as one of Toronto's finest klezmer clarinetists and has led many bands that push the boundaries of klezmer music. Among them: Klezmology, The Yiddish Swingtet, Matzoh Ball Gumbo and Hu tsa tsa. Jonno is a longtime collaborator with acclaimed Jazz guitarist Brian Katz, and they often perform as the duo Katz-Lightstone. An avid music educator, Jonno teaches woodwinds at Royal St. George’s College, leads workshops and ensembles, and teaches privately. He is the musical director of Klezkonnection, the largest klezmer community orchestra in Canada.


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