BY PENINNAH SCHRAM AND GERARD EDERY
Storyteller Peninnah Schram and musical folklorist Gerard Edery
On its way to the present, Jewish traditions migrated through turbulent centuries that left a rich tradition of music and folklore – to be celebrated by storyteller Peninnah Schram and musical folklorist Gerard Edery, in a performance Thursday, Nov. 8, 7 p.m., at the Hebrew Educational Alliance in Denver.
Schram and Edery will present a new edition of their acclaimed show ‘The Minstrel and the Storyteller,’ never performed in Denver that draws from Ashkenazic and Sephardic musical and oral traditions to connect audiences with thousands of years of Jewish cultures and customs. The performance weaves together songs and stories in an engaging and entertaining program that transmits richly-layered Jewish wisdom and wit.
Peninnah Schram, professor Emerita at Yeshiva University, is renowned as one of the world’s most beloved Jewish storytellers. She has authored 13 books and is the recipient of the Covenant Award for Outstanding Jewish educator, the Circle of Excellence Award, and the 2017 Talking Leaves Oracle Award. “She shares stories from her heart, touching each listener as she brings alive the rich heritage of our Jewish wisdom,” says Storyteller Cherie Karo Schwartz.
Gerard Edery, born in Morocco and raised in Paris and New York, was a baritone opera singer and classical guitarist before returning to his Sephardic roots in 1992, on the quincentennial of the expulsion of the Jews from Spain. A leading musical folklorist, he has received the Sephardic Musical Heritage Award and has performed in Carnegie Hall, the Lincoln Center, Fez International Festival of Sacred Music, Festival Cervantino, and Vilnius and Warsaw International Folk Festivals. The Jerusalem Post has called him “a musical magician.”
Over two decades, Schram and Edery have taken the performance in many directions including a children’s version; however, the Nov. 8 performance is intended for adults, says Naomi Kirshner, program director at HEA. Tickets are $25; $20 for HEA members and family; $18 students and seniors. Tickets are available online at HEAdenver.org; or for reservation, contact
nkirshner@HEAdenver.org or 720-390-4433.
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