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MURRAY RUMSHINSKY VISITS THE ZYLBERCWEIGS

 

 

 

 

Sometime in the 1960s, composer, conductor, musical director, pianist and arranger Murray Rumshinsky, the son of famed composer Joseph Rumshinksy, visited the Los Angeles, California home of Zalmen and Celia Zylbercweig, like so many in the Yiddish theatre industry did over many decades whenever they came to Los Angeles.

Over the years Murray Rumshinsky wrote lyrics and music for such stars as Molly Picon, Menasha Skulnik, Helen Morgan et al. In conjunction with his father, he composed many shows for the Yiddish stage.

As for the Zylbercweigs they broadcast a "Yiddish Radio Shtunde (Hour)" from their own studio from 1949 until 1969, which they built at their own expense in the back of their home in the Fairfax area of Los Angeles. Here they would broadcast a variety of sound recordings, from their own commentaries, announcements of Jewish events in the area to advertisements for various products and banks.

You can find a series of their radio broadcasts at the Museum of Family History's "On the Air!" series, which you may find at www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/yw/radio/zz/ota.htm. It is highly recommended that you also visit the wonderful, online exhibition about Zalmen Zylbercweig and his incredible work on his "Lexicon of the Yiddish Theatre" and more at www.museumoffamilyhistory.com/yw/zylbercweig/zz-main.htm.

To listen to Murray Rumshinsky play a series of compositions, which were recorded at the Zylbercweig home, please click here to hear the thirteen-minute sound recording in mp3 format. Please give it a minute or two to load and begin playing. Can you identify the songs?


photo: Murray Rumshinsky, date unknown.

 

 

 

 

 


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