The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St.
Petersburg is proud to announce “KlezFest St. Petersburg 2004,”
an international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern
European Jewry, to be held June 12-16, 2004 in St. Petersburg,
“KlezFest St. Petersburg,” now in its eighth year, is the oldest
Klezmer seminar in Russia. The 2004 festival will include
master-classes on Yiddish folk songs and Klezmer music, workshops on
Yiddish folklore and Yiddish dance, lectures, concerts, and two
excursions: “Jewish St. Petersburg” and “Rivers and Canals of St.
Petersburg.” The staff will include world-famous musicians — the
world’s leading expert on Yiddish dance, violinist, accordion player,
vocalist, and ethnomusicologist Michael Alpert from New York, the
outstanding Klezmer clarinetist from Berlin, Christian Dawid, and
“KlezFest St. Petersburg,” dedicated to bringing Klezmer music and
Yiddish culture back to the land of their birth, includes Jewish
musicians from the vibrant centers of the Jewish renaissance
throughout the former Soviet Union.
This year again there is a special program for
lovers of Yiddish music and culture from other parts of the globe. The festival is
asking for a contribution of $550. This sum will include food and
lodging in St. Petersburg for 5 days and the entire seminar program,
including interpreters when needed, concerts and the two excursions.
Participants will pay their own transportation to St. Petersburg.
For more information, please contact the Jewish Community Center of
St. Petersburg via fax at (+7-812) 314-5117, or e-mail
For advice on travel and visa arrangements, contact our American
sponsor, the Jewish Community Development Fund in Russia and Ukraine,
a project of the American Jewish World Service (New York), via
telephone: (+1-212) 273-1642, or e-mail:
Join us at “KlezFest St. Petersburg” this summer! If you haven’t
been on the Neva River during White Nights with Russian
klezmorim, you haven’t lived!