Together In Struggle

Together in Struggle (Tsuzamen in Kamf)

June 25th
6PM Pre-concert talk
7PM Concert

$10-20 Suggested Donation. No one will be turned away.


Judith Berkson: Voice, Keyboards
Dan Blacksberg: Trombone
Nick Millevoi: Guitar
Tom Kraines: Cello

Announcing Together in Struggle (Tsuzamen in Kamf), a new composition and community collaboration between klezmer musician and composer Dan Blacksberg, Society Hill Synagogue and the Philadelphia Chapter of hte AMerican Composers Forum. The composition is a Yiddish musical response to the social justice work of Society Hill Synagogue and congregations in POWER . On Sunday, June 25th Dan will be presenting a version of the piece at SHS.

Through talking with the leadership of SHS and their collaborators in POWER and from attending meetings and protests, Dan has identified specific issues central to Society Hill’s work in the struggle for justice and equal rights. Through research at archives like the YIVO Institute and the Freedman Archive, Dan has gathered Yiddish texts and songs that resonate with these issues to use as material for a new long-form composition.

Here’s Rabbi Avi Winokur talking about SHS’s social justice work:

On Sunday, June 25, the Synagogue will host the first presentation of this new piece based on Yiddish and klezmer music as well as Dan’s own vocabularies of contemporary music in an evening “Works-in-Progress” concert. The performance will feature performances an ensemble of expert performers of Jewish and creative music from Philadelphia and New York. Along with the concert, Dan will share his research and creative process with the SHS community in a pre-concert talk and in a question and answer talk after the performance of the piece.

Thanks for ACF Philadelphia and Society Hill Synagogue for their generous support of this project.