Talk on ‘Jewish Caruso’ in Beacon April 11

Radio show host discusses Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt

The Beacon Hebrew Alliance will mark the end of Passover with a presentation of 20th-century cantorial music by Charlie Bernhaut, host of the weekly Internet program Jewish Soul Music. Bernhaut will discuss the life and music of Yosef “Yossele” Rosenblatt, considered one of the greatest cantors of the “Golden Age of Chazzanut.” Bernhaut’s presentation on Rosenblatt will begin at 8 p.m. on April 11 at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance, 331 Verplanck Ave. in Beacon.

The Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt

The Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt

Cantorial music is considered Jewish “soul music.” In the early part of the 20th century, a performance by a cantor and his choir was the major form of entertainment in the Jewish community.

Bernhaut will provide attendees with a comprehensive look at Rosenblatt’s life via memorabilia he’s collected over the past 50 years. He will retrace Rosenblatt’s life from his 1882 birth in Ukraine, through his acclaimed cantorial career, eventual emigration to Israel and his untimely death in 1933.

Films, maps and original recordings will enhance the presentation, including cylinder records played on a 1902 gramophone; original 78-rpm recordings for the 1905 RCA Victrola and films of Rosenblatt singing with choirs as well as in The Jazz Singer, the first “talkie” movie.

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