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The Music of Alexander Olshanetsky


Here is a treat for you. The American conductor Michael Alexander Willens (whose mother's father was Alexander Olshanetsky), who studied at the Juilliard School in New York, directed the Kölner Akademie orchestra at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in Cologne, Germany on August 7, 2022. The program was named "Songs of My Grandfathers." We present a video of the concert here for your enjoyment.

Those who participated in this event by singing songs written by Alexander Olshanetsky and Herman Yablokoff were Roman Grinberg and Shura Lipovsky.

The songs played were:


Shvaig Mayn Hartz (lyrics written by Herman Yablokoff)

Mein Shtetele Belz

Papirossen (lyrics written by Herman Yablokoff)

Hosti Gisti Bisti

Ikh Hob Dikh Zuviel Lib




Alexander Olshanetsky (1892–1946) was a Jewish-American composer, conductor and violinist. He was a major figure within the Yiddish theatre scene in New York City from the mid-1920s until his death in 1946. You can read about his early years (until 1929) by clicking here.

You can read about the program by clicking here.







Video courtesy of Michael Alexander Willens.


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