Concert at HUC-JIR
Monday, June 17 at 7:00 pm
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
One West 4th Street (between Broadway and Mercer Street)
New York City
Cantor Richard Botton, Cantor Emeritus of Central Synagogue in
NYC, will present a musical reverie with Ladino songs from his Sephardic
heritage. This introduction to Ladino and its music, will intersperse
songs with stories and history.
Special arrangements and accompaniment by HUC-JIR's Artist-in
Residence Joyce Rosenzweig.
Cantor Richard Botton was born in The Bronx, New York. His mother
was from Istanbul, Turkey and his father was from Salonica, Greece.
Ladino was his first language; and growing up, he learned Ladino
songs from his parents and relatives. Cantor Botton explains "Ladino
language and culture is to Sephardic Jews what Yiddish is to Ashkenazi
Jews." He has been traveling around the country performing Ladino
concerts in order to help people undertand its charm, beauty, and
Living Ladino is part of an ongoing initiative at Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion to integrate Sephardic
Studies into its curriculum and to increase exposure to Sephardic
history and traditions among students in HUC-JIR's rabbinical, cantorial,
education and communal service graduate programs. The Sephardic
Studies initiative also includes the development of new courses
and seminars, a visiting scholar and visiting professor program,
research and public lectures. Support for the initiative has been
provided by The Maurice Amado Foundation.
For further information, please contact: Jocelyn Nixon, 212-824-2279.