BOSTON (October 6, 2011) — In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire — considered the deadliest industrial tragedy of its time, having killed 146 young, mostly Jewish and Italian immigrant women in New York City — Simmons College presents a Boston Workmen's Circle multi-media performance "The Cloth From Which We Are Cut," Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Simmons College.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature the Yiddish Community Chorus, A Besere Velt, and will take place in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center at Simmons College, 300 The Fenway in Boston. RSVP at http://paperless.ly/pSeVWg.
The stirring performance portrays the poverty and struggles of various immigrant communities in the early 1900s by combining historical narrative with the Yiddish folk music that was born in the sweatshops. The catastrophe had an enormous impact on both women's and workers' rights, and helped to improve factory safety standards in the United States.
A Besere Velt (also known as A Better World) is a 92-member community chorus that seeks to weave the heartache and idealism of Yiddish folk music into a vision of justice and humanity for the 21st century. From haunting melodies to workers' anthems, the songs come alive with multi-layered harmonies.
Founded in 1899, Simmons College is a nationally ranked university located in the heart of Boston with a history of visionary thinking, and a focus on leadership and social responsibility. It offers undergraduate education for women, and renowned coeducational graduate programs in nursing and health sciences, liberal arts, library and information science, social work, as well as the nation's first MBA program designed specifically for women. Follow Simmons on Twitter @SimmonsCollege and @SimmonsNews.
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