Airs Thursday, April 12 at 11:00 a.m. Lublin, Poland, 1797: A family of Jewish women klezmer musicians struggles for survival, but when music and love prove not enough, only the unthinkable can save them. Set in the Passover season, "The Witches of Lublin," is directed by internationally acclaimed and award-winning Sue Zizza. Featuring haunting vocals and an original high energy klezmer score by Yale Strom, "The Witches of Lublin," offers a glimpse into the lost Jewish women's lives of Eastern Europe. With a story as ancient as myth, and as modern as every family that struggles to hold its center in a world of strife and conflicting loyalties, it's the perfect Spring holiday programming.
Airs Wednesday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. Renowned actor Theodore Bikel and The Western Wind, America's pre-eminent vocal ensemble, present 25 eclectic selections that, along with an inspiring narration, serve as musical documentary of Passover. Music includes Hebrew folk melodies, classical European liturgical music, ancient Sephardic chants, Klezmer-style improvisations, and traditional songs from the Seder. This program is designed for listeners of any religious background and provides a good introduction to a holiday whose lessons of redemption and faith are universal.
Airs Tuesday, April 10 at 9:00 p.m. This Passover holiday special magazine celebrates the journey from slavery to freedom with segments featuring Emmy Award Winner Jeremy Piven; Pulitzer Prize winning author Geraldine Brookds; 'Kosher Gospel' singer Joshua Nelson;Iranian-born novelist Gina Nahai; "The Giant Leap", an original family radio play by the acclaimed Storahtelling; a moving piece about "Freedom Song", an original musical about a Passover meal written by recovering addicts; and more...Hosted by Arye Gross.
Airs Monday, April 9 at 9:00 p.m. Some of the magical moments that WWOZ recorded during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2011. We spend the whole hour in the Jazz tent listening to ensembles visiting the city (Stefon Harris, Anat Cohen) as well as some hard-hitting local musicians (Baritone Bliss, Derek Douget, Stanton Moore Trio, New Orleans Klezmer) who take it to a place only possible in New Orleans.
Airs Monday, April 9 at 8:00 p.m. This special is a new production in a series of a conversation about Passover, one of the most important and most beloved holidays on the Jewish calendar. Larry Josephson, a secular Jew who now wants to know more about the religion of his grandparents, asks Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, to explain the meaning of Passover in a post-9/11 world. Dr. Schorsch tells Larry the story of Passover -- its history, rituals and foods, and the origins and structure of the Seder. The music of Passover, sung by some of the best cantors and choirs in the world, is artfully woven in and out of the conversation. The music was chosen by Cantor Marcia Tilchin, the Associate Producer. The program was developed and produced by Larry Josephson, and edited and mixed by Peter Zanger.