“My task is not to debate whether I’m a Jew or not, but to figure out what kind of Jew I am. For me, finding a secular Jewish community with progressive politics fits my version of that identity.”
"Beautiful, haunting and exotic in so many wonderful ways." With an audience of over 1,000 at the May 14, 2016 concert, Tevye's Daughters: Journeys to A Better World, A Besere Velt and The Klezmatics transported the audience on a musical and multi-cultural adventure.
A Besere Velt – A Better World – is proud to be a “voice” for justice. This 60-member community chorus weaves the heartache and irrepressible idealism of Yiddish folk music into a vision of justice and humanity for the 21st century. From haunting melodies to workers’ anthems, the songs come alive with multi-layered harmonies.
The repertoire of A Besere Velt grew out of the shtetls, the sweatshops and union meetings, the camps and ghettos. These folk songs make the richness of the Eastern European immigrant experience accessible to a generation of non-Yiddish speakers. They contain the sounds of the history, the culture and the progressive values that have influenced generations.
New members are welcome every fall! No auditions and no knowledge of Yiddish required. Attend an open rehearsal to learn more.
Founded in 1997, A Besere Velt has performed throughout New England and New York, from conferences to picket lines, from temples to interfaith rallies, from universities to senior centers, and released its debut CD in 2006. In 2008 the chorus produced Stand Up, Sing Out!, a double anniversary concert with the Klezmatics, and in 2011 commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire with The Cloth from Which We Are Cut. A Besere Velt generates acclaim whenever it performs – read all about it in the Chorus Press Archive (coming soon).
We are looking for new members this Fall. There are no auditions, and no knowledge of Yiddish is required. Open Rehearsals are Saturday, September 24th 2016, from 3:30-5:30 PM 1550 Beacon Street, Brookline, and Monday, October 10th 2016, from 4-6 PM, at BWC, 1762 Beacon St, Brookline. More info here. Open Rehearsals offer an opportunity to sing with the chorus before deciding whether to make a commitment for the year. Membership opens only once a year.
To RSVP for the Open Rehearsal, contact: Marcia Zuckerman at email@example.com
Current members, please visit the chorus members resource page.
To order CDs, send $18 per CD plus $3 for mailing costs (with $1 postage for each additional CD) to 1762 Beacon Street – or stop by the office anytime between 9 AM and 5 PM, Monday-Friday (please call ahead just in case).
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