Concert Golden Ages followed by a salon talk on March 20, 2024 at the Villa Seligmann (Hanover, DE)

A unique insight into the musicality of the Orthodox Hasidic community in Brooklyn, followed by a salon talk

Villa Seligmann cordially invites you to the concert “Golden Age” followed by a salon talk.


Golden Age: The Renewal of Cantorial Music in Hasidic Brooklyn

In today’s Brooklyn, there’s a remarkable music revival bubbling away in secret from the eyes of most music fans. It is located in communities in Williamsburg and Borough Park, and its key players are young Chassidic singers. In the ultra-Orthodox community, older forms of Jewish music have largely been displaced by pop-music that sounds a lot like what you would hear on the mainstream radio, but with pious lyrics in Yiddish or prayer book Hebrew. A small but vibrant group of young singers have taken up the style of pre-World War Two cantorial music as their art form of choice, performing tracks recorded a century ago. While some of these singers grew up in families with older cantors from whom they could learn, other artists only discovered this music through old records. In an environment that may seem to outsiders like a discouragement to self-expression, these artists delve into the past to find their own expressive style.

In a unique concert, stars of the cantorial revival Yanky Lemmer, Shimmy Miller and Yoel Kohn offer a concert of classic cantorial recitatives, collaborating with producer and arranger Jeremiah Lockwood and a local string quartet.

The concert gives an extraordinary insight into the musicality of the orthodox Hasidic community in Brooklyn. It is also our program kick-off for Purim, which begins on the evening of March 23.

Salon talk

“The world of Chasidic music from an ethnomusicological perspective” – a salon talk with the authors Jeremiah Lockwood and Jessica Roda

Join us after the concert for a conversation with authors Jeremiah Lockwood and Jessica Roda on the occasion of the publication of their new books: Golden Ages: Hasidic Singers and Cantorial Revival in the Digital Era (Lockwood/UCPress) and For Women and Girls Only: Reshaping Jewish Orthodoxy Through the Arts in the Digital Age (Roda/NYU Press). Through ethnography and media analysis, Lockwood and Roda offer unique insights into the vibrant male and female art world of Hasidic and Lithuanian Jewish Jews today. They lead us to rethink the power of art in order to understand agency, privacy and publicity in religious contexts. You are cordially invited to talk to both authors directly.

For more information about the event and the registration, click here.


Date: 20.03.2024

Start: 18:00 Uhr

Event location: Villa Seligmann, Hohenzollernstraße 39, 30161 Hanover, Germany