Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco

 Yiddish Choruses, Singers and Song Leaders

Meets Tuesday nights, 7:30-9:30pm. Repertoire is mostly Yiddish but also includes Ladino, Russian, and Hebrew songs. Performs for audiences around the Bay. Prior knowledge of these languages is not necessary, but always welcome. The 4th Tuesday evening of every month,  7-8pm,  is a “Groyse (Large) Workshop” to which the public is invited. Led by Ami Goodman and Gail Rubman, members of the Chorus, the hour is spent delving into a variety of Yiddish songs in some depth. Using screen sharing for lyrics, etc., we present the story of the composers, lyricists, context in which the song was written, and then learn the song! We do “mix it up” with some familiar favorites as well. RSVP with your name and you’ll then receive the Zoom link. Now in its 95th year and under the direction of conductor Lisa Sargent, the Folk Chorus has been singing loudly and proudly from the rich repertoire of Yiddish songs, as well as including songs in Hebrew, Ladino, and Russian. Since the 1920’s, the Chorus has been singing out against all manner of injustice, oppression and tyranny. They continue singing strongly for all human rights, as well as the drama, heartbreaks and joys of everyday life, from the most tender of lullabies to ballads of love to wonderfully humorous reflections of life’s ups and downs. When learning new songs, they familiarize themselves with the composer’s biography and the historical context in which the song was written. English is the only prerequisite language, but over time chorus members are surprised how Yiddish, Hebrew, Ladino and Russian words will become part of chorus members’ vocabulary! The Chorus presents concerts throughout the year, culminating with an annual grand concert in June.
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