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The Purple Dot Project is a
music and theatre performance project conceived and created by
Cantor Susanne Katchko, dedicated to perpetuating Yiddish as an
important linguistic and cultural influence. In addition, the PDP
seeks to foster collaborative relationships between disparate Jewish
communities, worldwide, through the study and performance of
Yiddish. We do this through workshops at schools, community centers
you to The Dr. David M. Milch Foundation!
In November, 2013, Purple Dot received a generous grant from The Dr.
David M. Milch Foundation for the development of an original
composition which will use the poetry of 2005 NEA National Heritage
Fellowship Laureate, Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman, z"l. The music
will be by internationally-renowned Israeli composer, Ella Milch
Sheriff. The piece, a song-cycle slated to consist of seven songs,
will open the concert season of the Raanana Symphonette of Israel in
There will also be a scholarly symposium on Yiddish and the work of
Mrs. Schaechter-Gottesman, z"l, organized around the premiere.
Memorial Event for Beyle
Sunday, January 12, 2014, 1:30 P.M., Bronx, NY
Click here for details
The Purple Dot Project (PDP) is dedicated to awakening
interest in Jewish music and theatre, to entertain, educate and to
sustain awareness of the stories of the dwindling numbers of
Holocaust survivors who remain, as well as those of the masses whose
voices were stilled prematurely.
Its focus is Yiddish/Eastern European Jewish music and
theatre. By performing songs and theatrical expressions which
depict life in pre-Holocaust Europe, we seek to inform and engage
our audiences in honoring, celebrating and remembering the people
and culture that was targeted for extinction. We say, “Mir zaynen
do!”-“We are here!”
In addition, we can assure that the souls of our people will survive
through dramatic retelling of first-person anecdotes of life before,
during and after the storm.
We are also future-bound: Susanne’s creative partner in the Purple
Dot Project is award-winning, Israeli composer and pianist, Osnat
Netzer. We intend to integrate new music in Yiddish and other
languages to fulfill our mission of celebrating the depth, wisdom,
outstanding humanism and beauty of our Jewish heritage. Our work
has universal appeal.
(Click to listen
with Windows Media Player)
"Ich Hob Dich Tsufiel Lib" (I Love You
"In A Kleyner Shtibele" by Josef
Achron (August 2012)
Matzo Do" by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman (April 2013)
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All net proceeds go to The Purple Dot Project!
The Purple Dot Project is affiliated with the
Congress for Jewish Culture
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