Adrienne Joy Cooper (Khane Freyde)
|Born||September 1, 1946|
Oakland, California, U.S.
|Died||December 25, 2011 (aged 65)|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Occupation(s)||Singer, musician, activist|
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In addition to her work as a Yiddish singer she was the assistant director at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, program director for the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, and executive officer for programming and executive officer for external affairs for the Workmen's Circle. She co-founded KlezKamp. She was a member of Jews for Racial and Economic Justice's Board of Directors until the summer of 2011, when she was diagnosed with cancer. Cooper won the Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Risk Taker Award from the Jews for Racial and Economic Justice in 2010, as well as KlezKanada's Lifetime Achievement Award in Yiddish Arts and Culture.
Cooper is survived by her daughter, Sarah Mina Gordon, a vocalist and co-leader of the band "Yiddish Princess", as well as her mother, two brothers, and her partner, Marilyn Lerner, a pianist-composer.
A memorial service was held on the morning of December 28, 2011, at Congregation B'nai Shalom in Walnut Creek, California. The service was followed by a graveside funeral at Oakmont Cemetery in Lafayette, California. A memorial service in New York City was held on January 1, 2012 at Congregation Ansche Chesed. Shiva was held at Cooper's daughter's apartment in New York City.
"A Kholem/Dreaming in Yiddish: A Concert in Tribute to Adrienne Cooper" was organized for December 22, 2012, at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College in New York CIty. More than 50 Yiddish and klezmer musicians and global colleagues performed songs that Adrienne taught, sang, and recorded – these include the Klezmatics, Michael Wex, Shura Lipovsky, Dan Kahn, Theresa Tova, Zalmen Mlotek, Eleanor Reissa, Wolf Krakowski, Michael Alpert, Michael Winograd, Sarah Gordon. The Adrienne Cooper Fund for Dreaming in Yiddish has been set up. The Foundation holds an annual concert in her memory, where a financial award presented "to an individual pursuing the timeless, boundless, utterly unexpected advantage of working in Yiddish."
- Ghetto Tango [Zalmen Mlotek] (2000)
- Mikveh [Alicia Svigals, Margot Leverett, Lauren Brody, Nicki Parrot] (2001)
- JWA tribute to Adrienne Cooper
- [https://jwa.org/weremember/cooper-adrienne JWA tribute to Cooper
- Adrienne Cooper Embodied Progressive Spirit
- Adrienne Cooper, Yiddish Singer and Reviver of Klezmer Music, Dies
- Workmen's Circle website Archived January 20, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- Artsfuse.org website
- Tribute to Cooper at JTA.org
- Adrienne Cooper official website (PDF) Archived February 3, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- Adrienne Cooper official website (#2)
- New York Times obituary
- Israel National News notice of Cooper's death
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2011-01-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2011-12-27.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Tribute in Tikkun
- Info re Adrienne Cooper's family in The Jewish Week
- Memorial service notice in The Forward
- Info re Cooper's shiva
- Yale University website
- Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, NYC, December 22, 2012
- Adrienne Cooper Fund for Dreaming in Yiddish
- Adrienne Cooper / Enchanted
- Adrienne Cooper / Dreaming in Yiddish
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-14. Retrieved 2011-12-29.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- Yiddish Revived! New and Old Recordings, June 2001