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In support of The World of Jewish Music series sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District and Norman and Jeannie Greene March 6 - April 16, 2016. Please call (845) 485-3445 x3702 for more information.

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Torah To Go: Music In The Bible

Sunday, March 6

2:30 pm, The Auditorium


Join Rabbi Leah Berkowitz of Vassar Temple as we explore the theme of music in the Hebrew Bible. See the Torah scroll unrolled, hear (and sing!) musical renditions of biblical passages, and learn how music played a role in the stories of the Bible.

The Meaning of Our Melodies

Sunday, March 13

2:30 pm, The Auditorium


With engaging stories and many musical examples, Rabi Jeffrey Summit (Neubauer Executive Director of Tufts Hillel at Tufts University, Research Professor in the Department of Music) examines the question: Why do Jews feel so strongly about the music in their lives?



What Is Jewish Music?

Sunday, March 20

2:30 pm, The Auditorium


A frequent pre-concert speaker with the New York Philharmonic, Dr. Arbie Orenstein will lead us in a conversation about Jewish music. Dr. Orenstein is a Professor of Music at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College in New York and author of Ravel: Man and Musician.

Music In The Holocaust: The Notes Rose Up In Flames

April, Boardman


A traveling exhibit exploring music in the Holocaust through documents, concert programs, photos, and stories.




Surviving The Holocaust: Jewish Music Endures

Sunday, April 3

2:30 pm, The Auditorium


Dr. Racelle Weiman leads a conversation and concert highlighting forbidden Jewish music of the Nazi Germany era, including music composed and performed in concentration camps.

Film Screening: Playing for Time

Thursday, April 7

1:30 pm, Boardman Greene


This 1980 film tells the story of classical musician Fania Fenelon who performed in an all-female orchestra in the Nazi death camp Auschwitz. Stars Venessa Redgrave and Jane Alexander. 150 minutes.



Hudson Valley Philharmonic and Bernstein's Kaddish

Saturday, April 16

8 pm, Bardavon


Estelle Parsons


Renewal is the theme of this program featuring a Hudson Valley premier, Bloch’s Hebraic Rhapsody, performed by a cello virtuoso. The program also includes a rare chance to experience Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish, a monumental work for large orchestra, choir, and soprano; narration by Oscar-winning actress and 5-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons. Tickets can be purchased through the Bardavon Box Office at 845-473-2072.



Event Locations

The Auditorium

105 Market Street, Poughkeepsie

Adriance Memorial Library

93 Market Street, Poughkeepsie

Free parking and easy access from

the Noxon Street parking lot

(GPS locator: 22 Noxon Street).

Boardman Road Branch Library

141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie

Bardavon 1869 Opera House

35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie