Past Events

Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 7:00pm
Morphy Recital Hall, Mead Witter School of Music, 455 N. Park St., Madison, WI 53706

In the 1930’s a Jewish scholar from the Ukraine named Moshe Beregovski set out, with eery prescience, to collect and preserve the deep and rich Jewish musical tradition around him.  On what turned out to be the eve of the destruction of European Jewry, Beregovski organized expeditions to Ukrainian “shtetlekh” (small Jewish towns) and sought out the eldest singers and instrumentalists he could find, asking them to pour their collective folk knowledge into his recording horn.  In this way he ma

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 7:00pm
Wayside Dining Room, University Club, 803 State St.

Join us for this lively CD release party featuring the Grammy award-winning owners of Archeophone Records Meagan Hennessey and Richard Martin and folklorist and Professor Emeritus James P. Leary, with special musical guests Director of the Monroe Swiss Singers Deborah Krauss Smith and alphornists Heinz Mattmann and George Albright. 

Monday, October 29, 2018 - 5:30pm
126 Memorial Library, 726 State St.

Yiddish Empire tells the story of how a group of itinerant Jewish performers became the interwar equivalent of a viral sensation, providing a missing chapter in the history of the modern stage. During World War I, a motley group of teenaged amateurs, impoverished war refugees, and out- of- work Russian actors banded together to revolutionize the Yiddish stage.

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 5:00pm
Wayside Dining Room, University Club, 803 State St.

Kick up your heels to Tanzgeiger, a traditional Austrian dance band with Upper Midwestern connections, including performances drawn from such UW Library holdings and co-productions as the Mayrent Collection of Yiddish Recordings, the Wisconsin Folksong Collection, and Local Centers/Global Sounds.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 1:30pm to Saturday, April 14, 2018 - 9:00pm
University Club; 126 Memorial Library; UW-Madison

This year, we've lent the World Records Symposium to our friends at the Sustaining Scandinavian Folk Music in the Upper Midwest project here at UW-Madison. The 2018 event welcomes musicians, folklorists, historians, community members, and plenty more from throughout the Upper Midwest and the Nordic countries to Madison.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 9:00am to Monday, November 13, 2017 - 12:00pm
The Pyle Center, Rooms 325 & 326, 702 Langdon St., Madison, WI

A century after his death, Sholem Aleichem still captures the imagination. The man behind Fiddler on the Roof, he introduced work that has left an indelible imprint on American culture. But how are we to understand the legacy of this artist? Was he a writer for the masses or a stylist of the highest literary order? And what is at stake in categorizing his literary legacy?

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:00pm
126 Memorial Library, 728 State St

Richard March grew up a “red diaper baby” in a family committed to union organizing and civil rights. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and had a thirty-year career in public folklore as a musician, radio producer, and Wisconsin’s state folklorist.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 5:30pm
126 Memorial Library, 728 State St

How does fabulous material make the journey from collector to institution to community? Join Mills Music Library Head Jeanette Casey, Music Technical Services Librarian Matt Appleby, and Mayrent Institute Assistant Director Scott A. Carter as they share their travails taking the largest private collection of Yiddish 78rpm recordings into a freely accessible digital collection.

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 7:00pm to Friday, April 21, 2017 - 5:00pm

World Records

April 20-21, 2017
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Co-hosted with the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 7:00pm
126 Memorial Library, 728 State St.

Sound Salon
Miriam Isaacs

The Stonehill Jewish Song Collection

Part of People of Faith, Languages of Tradition: Germanic Heritage Languages among Christians and Jews
A symposium hosted by the Max Kade Institute

Free and Open to the Public

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm
126 Memorial Library, 728 State St.