(HUDSON, N.Y.) – In spring 2021, Seth Rogovoy will deliver virtual talks, presentations, and classes and host and produce several online concert events on topics ranging from Bob Dylan to Leonard Cohen to klezmer and more.
Seth’s virtual spring kicks off with his participation in BOB DYLAN: JEWISH PERSPECTIVES ON HIS REPERTOIRE: Themes of Prophecy and Redemption, a virtual symposium bringing together a wide spectrum of Dylan scholars, academics, students, musicians and fans to discuss Bob Dylan’s repertoire through a Jewish lens, on Sunday, March 14, 2021, noon-8pm (Eastern Time). Seth’s contributions to the conference include “Bob Dylan: Prophet Mystic Poet,” a multimedia presentation based on his book of the same name (at 2:15pm ET), and participtation in a panel discussion, “Foot of Pride: Themes of (False) Prophecy and Redemption,” at 3:30-5pm (ET). Click here for more info.
Seth will teach a two-part course called The Essential Klezmer, based on his book of the same title, for Beth Emet: The Free Synagogue of Evanston, Ill. The sessions will take place on Tuesdays, April 20 and April 27, at 7pm (ET).
On Thursday, April 22, at 8pm (ET), Seth will deliver a multimedia presentation called The Kabbalah of Leonard Cohen for Virtual J in Toronto. This past February, Seth was joined by Boston University music professor Jeremy Yudkin for a two-part conversation about the Beatles and Bob Dylan for Virtual J.
Seth will continue with Virtual J for a two-part multimedia conversation on The Kabbalah of Pop Culture, loosely based on his columns for The Forward, with music journalist and author Harold Lepidus, on Thursdays, April 29 and May 6, at 8pm (ET). Seth and Harold will kick back and explore the lesser-known Jewish stories found in surprising places, such as the Jewish inspiration behind the Grateful Dead’s “Uncle John’s Band,” the time that David Bowie sang in Hebrew, and when Mary Wilson portrayed a Jewish yenta on stage.
Seth is also producing and hosting a soon-to-be-announced global virtual tribute concert honoring Bob Dylan on the occasion of his 80th birthday on May 24, 2021.
And details will soon be announced for the annual YIDSTOCK: The Festival of New Yiddish Music, programmed by Seth and taking place in July 2021. Yidstock is a presentation of the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Mass.