March 22 at 6:15 in the Main Sanctuary
The service will highlight the music of Alexander Olshanetsky, who was among the most prominent, sophisticated and prolific Second Avenue composers and conductors.
Alexander Olshanetsky was among the most prominent and prolific Second Avenue composers and conductors, and one of the musically most sophisticated exemplars of the Yiddish theater. Olshanetsky had a particular gift for elegant melodic lines and a well-developed dramatic sense.
From 1925 on, throughout the 1930s and until his death, Olshanetsky’s name was ubiquitous throughout the Second Avenue world, and his operettas played in nearly all its major theaters. He also became the first musical director of the Concord Hotel. Some of the most sophisticated cantors of the time considered him among the very best choirmasters in terms of understanding the special sensitivities of cantorial idioms and rhythmic freedom. He wrote a small amount of liturgical music as well—unabashedly theatrical in character and style—which remains mostly unpublished.
Click here for more information about Alexander Olshanetsky from the Milken Archive.