The Idelsohn Society believes that music creates conversations otherwise impossible in daily life. This is why they incite a new conversation about the present by listening anew to the past. They do this by unearthing lost classics from the archive, sounds that are languishing in thrift-store crates across the nation. The stories that accompany them have yet to be told: hybrid identities, eclectic communities, racial dialogue, and pioneering musical style. This is music that forces listeners to ask themselves who am I, what have I inherited, and what am I going to do about it?
The Idelsohn Society is named after Abraham Zevi Idelsohn, a legendary Jewish musicologist and writer of everybody’s favorite classic, “Hava Nagila.”
Why we chose Idelson Society for Musical Preservation for Maccabim 2011? Idelson Society for Musical Preservation represents the core of preserving Jewish culture, by re-releasing Jewish golden-oldies and compiling collections of old hits, releasing books and orgenizing exhibitions.