For five years the Winter Jewish Music Concert has presented large-scale concerts of Jewish music, with twenty or more singers at each concert.
On Sunday, June 9th, at 4:00 p.m., we will for the first time present a concert featuring only one singer. The performer at this very special event will be Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, who over the past year has gained attention as the new voice of Yiddish song. He will be singing from the songbook of Sidor Belarsky, one of the 20th Century's greatest singers of Jewish song.
Mr. Russell's personal story is compelling. He is a classically-trained African-American singer who converted to Judaism and whose partner is a rabbi. But just as compelling is his talent. As one critic commented, "The first time I played a recording of Anthony Russell singing a Yiddish song, it was as if thunder rolled through the house. His rich bass voice wraps itself around a song and makes it rattle the windows.”
Mr. Russell has performed Yiddish song in New York, Boston, Toronto, and Northern California, where he makes his home. This will be his first performance in the Southeast United States.
Mr. Russell will be accompanied by Alan Mason, the Music Director of the Winter Jewish Music Concert.
Tickets for the concert are now on sale.