Mother/daughter team Ruth Hertz Weber and Emilia Lopez-Yañez ventured off the beaten track to bring audiences a one-of-a-kind album that transcends generations. The project began as a labor of love when Ruth set the poems of her late grandma, Betty Karon Hertz, to music so that the story of her impoverished childhood in Russia (now Ukraine), her daring escape during the Bolshevik revolution, and her life as an immigrant in the United States could be forever memorialized. Follow Betty’s life journey as she picks Mushrooms in the forest at the age of eight to keep her family from starving; as she dreams of life as a writer in, I Had a Dream; as she hides in the trench on her parent’s farm, I Am a Tree, during the numerous invasions of her town which occurred before the Holocaust, and much more. This folk/fusion album has won numerous awards, critical acclaim, and will soon become a part of an online exhibit at the ANU Museum of the Jewish People in Tel Aviv, Israel.
James A. Cox from Midwest Book Review wrote:
“I Had a Dream: Songs of an Immigrant is an extraordinary music album by mother-daughter team Ruth Hertz Weber and Emilia Lopez-Yañez….Emotional and poignant, I Had a Dream: Songs of an Immigrant is utterly unforgettable and worthy of the highest recommendation for personal and public library music
Kathy Parsons of MainlyPiano.com wrote:
“I Had a Dream: Songs of an Immigrant is an album that truly defies categorization (always a plus, I think!). Songs of an Immigrant is an inspirational journey in song and is suitable for all ages. It’s very beautifully done!"
San Diego Troubadour Magazine album review:
"Soprano sings and plays oboe — very impressive in any context. In new music, especially so. A certain style and feeling, vaguely pops and quite surprising
in a way... arresting to watch and listen to."
— Judges from the Vocal Chamber Music Category of The American Prize