A mother’s love for her children is everything and forever. Mezzo-soprano, Cheri Rose Katz, (Deutsche Oper Berlin, Baden Baden Festival, Teatro Reggio Emilia, Berliner Philharmoniker) takes us on a journey of her family’s rich history of Jewish tradition through this remarkable collection, lovingly called “Momeleh.” The music encompasses a Jewish section featuring both classics and lesser-known treasures. Some beautiful lullabies in different languages complete the theme of a mother’s love for her children. Katz has also contributed some heartfelt original pieces. While the inspiration for this project was first and foremost the birth of Katz’s, daughter, the album is dedicated to her mother, Margaret Erle Katz, referred to by many as the ‘American Philomena’. Margaret’s life story is documented in the book American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser. Katz comes from a line of Holocaust survivors, and it was important to her to honor them and the Jewish community. Ira Siff (acclaimed performer, master teacher, Commentator: Metropolitan Opera) is the artistic advisor of the album. Siff was instrumental in putting this treasure of a project together. Scholar, author, Alan Mallach, is the pianist. Gifted violinist, Evelyn Estava, completes the trio offering this musical soundtrack that takes us on a journey of a mother’s love and the healing power of music.
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IN THE LIMELIGHT: MOMELEH, A STIRRING MUSICAL TRIBUTE AND HOMAGE BY CHERI ROSE KATZ
Book: American Baby
Margaret Erle Katz
" The American Philomena"
Margaret Erle Katz (born In 1944) is an American and German citizen. Her courageous life story and desperate search for her son, Stephen, who she was forced to relinquish during the post war adoption era, was documented in the outstanding book American Baby by Gabrielle Glaser. Margaret Katz is now an advocate and spokesperson for adoption rights. She has created Margaret’s Mitzvah Mission to help raise awareness about adoption laws. Her husband, George, the love of her life, passed away in 2000. Her son Stephen who she was finally reunited with in 2014, after a life long search, passed away, just months after their reunion. Margaret tried desperately to warn her son of medical history. The adoption agency, never gave him any of the information. It is her greatest mission now to help open the closed record system, that still exists in so many states today. She is a mother of four, grandmother to six and has now been called by many, ” The American Philomena”.