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What is the New Budapest Orpheum Society?
That’s a good question. The new Budapest Orpheum Society (NBOS) is an Ensemble-in-Residence in the Humanities Division at the University of Chicago. The self-styled Jewish Cabaret was founded in 1998, and it’s eight classically-trained musicians tour widely, having performed at Symphony Space, the Café Sabarsky and the YIVO Institute for Jewish research in New York City, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington DC – and internationally at the Jewish Museum of Berlin, the European Center for Jewish music in Hanover, Germany and at the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom among many other venues. The group has archived and now performs the culturally rich trove of songs once heard in popular cafés and nightspots in Vienna, Berlin, Warsaw and Budapest. Its music commemorates the tragedies and triumphs of 20th Century Jewish history as well,
The group has released three CDs. Their album, As Dreams Fall Apart – The Golden Age Of Jewish Stage And Film Music (1925-1955), was nominated for Best Classical Compendium at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards in 2015
NBOS is coming to Madison on May 6. NBOS will perform in Madison, Wisconsin on Sunday evening, May 6, 2018 at 7 pm at Beth Israel Center, 1406 Mound Street (please see the poster for more details). The performance is being underwritten by our friends, Harvey and Trudy Barash, as a project fundraiser for their synagogue.
NBOS will be interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio on May 1. You can learn more about NBOS by listening to Wisconsin Public Radio’s The Midday, from noon to 1 pm on Tuesday, May 1. Midday host Norman Gilliland will interview several members of the ensemble. Wisconsin Public Radio can be heard locally on WLSU 88.9 FM and should be available as a podcast on National Public Radio.