November 25, 1999
Flash! Handel’s Chanukah Oratorio in Yiddish
In a concert entitled "The Light of Helfman-Generations of Music from the Brandeis-Bardin Institute", which celebrates Max Helfman, founder of Brandeis Bardin's Summer Arts Institute, the LAJS will inaugurate its sixth season with a performance of Handel's triumphant "Judas Maccabeus" in a Yiddish translation by Helfman.
Drawing on the drama of the Hanukkah Story, Helfman's unique adaptation brings new life to this holiday classic. The concert will mark the first performance that combines Handel's original orchestration with the Yiddish text.