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Lazar Weiner

Lazar WeinerLAZAR WEINER (1897 – 1982) was born in Cherkassy, Ukraine. He received his early music training at the choir school of the Brodsky Synagogue in Kiev and at the Kiev Conservatory.

He immigrated to the United States in 1914, settling in New York City, where he worked as a vocal coach, accompanist and piano teacher. He was one of the most active Jewish musicians of the 20th century in the United States, where he organized and conducted hundreds of people in the Workmen’s Circle Choirs throughout the United States. He also served as the music director of Central Synagogue in New York City for more than 40 years and served on the faculties of the schools of Sacred Music of both Hebrew Union College and the Jewish Theological Seminary.

Mr. Weiner composed more than 300 works in all genres, and he often was referred to as the “Schubert of Yiddish Art Song.”

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