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Concert: Yale Strom’s “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” Cantata
November 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST
November 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
Announcing the East Coast debut of Yale Strom’s moving cantata in honor of those lost in the Triangle Factory Fire of 1911.
Yale Strom composed the cantata “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire” in 2011 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the tragic fire of March 25, 1911. The Triangle Waist Company factory occupied the top three floors of the ten-story Asch Building on the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place in Greenwich Village. The factory normally employed about five hundred workers, mostly young Italian and Jewish immigrant women and girls aged fourteen to twenty-three, who worked nine hours a day on weekdays plus seven hours on Saturdays, earning for their 52 hours of work between $7 and $12 a week.
The cantata, which includes English, Yiddish and Italian poetry, will take the listener from a normal workday, to when the fire began, to after the tragedy when 146 garment workers loss their lives. One hundred twenty-three women and girls and twenty-three men died from the fire, smoke inhalation, or falling or jumping from the building’s windows.
After the four-movement cantata, the quintet will perform klezmer and Italian folk melodies that would have been heard on the streets of New York City before The First World War.
For tickets and more information, visit www.eldridgestreet.org
Photo Credit: Museum at Eldridge Street, Mario Tama.