June 09, 2015Recipient of Nation’s Highest Award in the Folk and Traditional Arts


April 01, 2010Tantshoyz

Tantshoyz Yiddish Dance event at the Workmen's Circle. Come learn the traditional Jewish dances of Eastern Europe. Master dance leader Michael Alpert with live klezmer music. A presentation of CTMD's An-sky Institute for Jewish Culture. Beginners are welcome! The Workmen's Circle is at 45 E. 33rd St. between Madison and Park Ave. in Manhattan. Parking is available on the street or in the lot next door. Admission $10, $8 for CTMD and Workmen's Circle members. (A discussion of archival video of dance will be held at 6:30PM, with the dancing going from 7:00PM-10:00PM)

March 14, 2010Two Special Events in LA for Body and Soul with World-Renowned Performer and Ethnomusicologist from New York - Michael Alpert

March 08, 2010Avanti! Forverts! in San Francisco March 8th

Avanti! Forverts!

Historic Protest Songs in Italian and Yiddish

Heirs to ancient traditions, Italian and Jewish women faced similar challenges in confronting modernity. Between the 19th-20th centuries, they struggled against poverty and exploitation, fought for emancipation and national identity, believing in a better future for all mankind. After mass immigration to the Americas, the labor movement frequently united them. Their hopes were carried in songs that advocated civil rights and equality among the sexes, denounced the wrongs of the world, condemned war, and mocked the respective religious authorities.

In honor of International Women's Day, this program presented by Michael Alpert, Sharon Bernstein, and Francesco Spagnolo, highlights the repertoires of the Jewish Labor Bund and the beginnings of the Italian workers’ movement, presenting forgotten gems, like anti-WWI songs from both fronts (Italy and Austro-Hungary), and Italo Calvino’s lyrics about the Italian liberation struggle of WWII.

Date: Monday, March 08, 2010
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Istituto Italiano di Cultura