Regina Resnik Presents Colors of the Diaspora (DVD)
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Regina Resnik Presents Colors of the Diaspora (DVD)

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Colors of the Diaspora, comprised of three complete concerts produced by Regina Resnik Presents, offers a kaleidoscope of Jewish classical song and operatic excerpts. The first concert, titled “The American Jewish Composers,” includes the world premiere of A Petition to the Governor, written by John Corigliano. The second concert is “Covert or Convert,” examining works by Jews who wrote in secret or were ambivilent about their religious identity, as well as works by converts to Judaism. Composers include Anton Rubinstein, Otto Klemperer, and Felix Mendelssohn. In the final concert, “Crossing All Boundaries,” we encounter works on Jewish themes by non-Jewish composers, including works by Glinka, Rimsky-Korsakov, Shostakovich, Schubert, Massenet, Ravel and others. Regina Resnik narrates.
Color, Stereo, 198 minutes, 4:3, All regions

Regina Resnik Presents Colors of the Diaspora: A Kaleidoscope of Jewish Classical Song

Program 1: The American Jewish Composers in Classical Song
A Dudele (A Little Song) – Arr. Leo Low / Text and music: attrib. Reb Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev
Sabbath Song – A.W. Binder / Text: Traditional, liturgy
Hath not a Jew eyes? The Merchant of Venice, Act II – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco / Text: Shakespeare (First U.S. Performance; first recording)
A Petition to the Governor – John Corigliano / Text: William M. Hoffman (World Premiere; first recording)
Kol Kara (A Voice Called) – Max Helfman / Poetry: Hannah Senesh
Cantare from Sh’ma – Simon Sargon / Poetry: Primo Levi (World Premiere, piano version; first recording)
Cartload of Shoes – Ronald Senator / Poetry: Abraham Sutzkever (World Premiere, piano version; first recording)
Jeremiah on 9/11 – Jack Gottlieb / Text: Jeremiah I 1:2 and the composer (World Premiere, first recording)
Bread Duet Gimpel the Fool, Act II – David Schiff / Libretto by Isaac Bashevis Singer, based on his story
Rozhinkes mit Mandlen (Raisins with Almonds) Shulamith – Abraham Goldfaden / Text by the composer
Thirst Jewish Humor from Oy to Vey – Seymour Barab / Text by the composer (World Premiere, first recording)

Program II: Covert or Convert
K’Mosheh (Like Moses) (excerpt) – Obadiah the Norman Proselyte (11th-12th centuries)
Desde hoy la mi madre (From this day on, Mother) – Liliana Treves Alcalay / Poetry: Traditional (First U.S. performance)
Kadosh (Holy) – Liliana Treves Alcalay / Poetry: Traditional (First U.S. performance)
Bendigamos (Let us bless God) – Liliana Treves Alcalay / Poetry: Traditional (First U.S. performance)
Noches, Noches (Nights, Nights) – Arr. Richard J. Neumann / Poetry: Traditional
Lord God of Abraham Elijah – Felix Mendelssohn / English text by William Bartholomew
Judah’s Prayer The Maccabees, Act IIIl – Anton Rubinstein (First U.S. performance; first recording)
Psalm 42 – Otto Klemperer (First recording)
Lullaby – Arr. Gideon Klein / Poem by Emanuel Harussi
The Little Birch Tree (Beryoskele) – Arr. Viktor Ullmann / Text: Traditional
I’m a girl … but not so young (A Maydl in die Yor’n) – Arr. Viktor Ullmann / Text: Traditional
Catherine – Aldo Finzi / Poem by the composer (First U.S. Performance)
Shield of our Ancestors (Mogayn Ovos) – Zygmunt Schul / Text: Liturgy

Program III: Crossing All Boundaries (Non-Jewish Composers, Jewish Themes)
Kaddish from Deux Mélodies Hébraïques – Maurice Ravel / Text: Liturgy, traditional
The Eternal Enigma (L’Enigme Eternelle) from Deux Mélodies Hébraïques – Maurice Ravel / Text: Liturgy, traditional
Meyerke, my son (Chanson Hébraïque) from Quatre Chansons Populaires – Maurice Ravel / Text: Liturgy, traditional
• Letter to Warsaw (Selections): Jew / An Ordinary Day – Moving Day – Kaddish – Thomas Pasatieri / Poetry: Pola Braun; English version: Barbara Milewski (New York premiere)
Hope for Israel from Prince Kholmsky – Mikhail Glinka / Poetry: Nestor Kukolnik
Hebrew Melody: Open the door, my beloved – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov / Poetry: Lev Alexandrovich Mey
Hebrew Melody: My soul is dark – Mili Balakirev / Poetry: Lord Byron; Russian version: Mikhail Lermontov
Rachel’s Dream from Prince Kholmsky – Mikhail Glinka / Poetry: Nestor Kukolnik
Serenade (Ständchen) – Franz Schubert / Yiddish text: Moshe Leib Halpern
Elegy (Élégie) – Jules Massenet
• From Jewish Folk Poetry (Selections): Lament for a Dead Infant / Papa! Bring us Dinner! / Lullaby / Warning / The Deserted Father / Winter / Happiness – Dmitri Shostakovich / Russian texts: Moyshe Beregovsky & Yuri Matveyevich Sokolov

Regina Resnik - Narrator
Roslyn Jhunever Barak, Katherine Whyte, Darynn Zimmer - Sopranos
Audrey Babcock - Mezzo-soprano
Michael Philip Davis, Alex Richardson - Tenors
Charles Robert Stephens - Baritone
Vlad Iftinca, Miloš Repický - Piano
Annaliesa Place - Violin
David Leisner - Guitar

Directed by Regina Resnik
Conceived and Written by Michael Philip Davis