Europe’s best klezmer musicians and Yiddish scholars have been told not to cancel their ticket for this year’s Yiddish Summer Weimar in Germany, with organisers still determined to put on a show.
A reduced selection of artists will take part in an array of events, including poetry readings, workshops in Yiddish and outdoor chamber music concerts, although the dancers will be missing this year, owing to coronavirus restrictions.
Attendees will be asked to observe safety regulations as they enjoy a programme ranging from an exploration of European Yiddish wedding music in 1920s New York to a transnational song evening featuring works by poets as diverse as Mordechai Gebirtig, Georges Brassens and Bob Dylan.
There will be a “musical dialogue” between four leading representatives of the international Klezmer scene, as well as concerts in the Thuringian capital of Erfurt and Johann Sebastian Bach’s hometown of Eisenach.
Founder Dr Alan Bern said: “Our challenge this year was to design a programme that continues that tradition while staying healthy and safe. We think we’ve succeeded, and the strong, positive response we’ve received from artists and participants is very gratifying.”