Alexander Olshanetsky

Composer & conductor of Yiddish theater music
1892–1946

Alexander Olshanetsky was born in Odessa, Ukraine. He played with the Odessa Opera orchestra and toured Russia and Siberia, and later was the choral director for a Russian operetta company. He stayed in Kharbin (today in China), and conducted a Yiddish theater group there. In 1922, Olshanetsky immigrated to the U.S. and worked as a composer and conductor for the Yiddish theater. From 1925 and until his death, Olshanetsky was one of the most prominent composers and conductors of the "Second Avenue" milieu.

Mazel in Liebe

Alexander Olshanetsky Orchestra performing his tune Mazel in Liebe, 1929.

Two of Olshanetsky's tunes sung by Yoni Eilat

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