The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St.
Petersburg is proud to announce “KlezFest St. Petersburg 2005,” an
international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European
Jewry, to be held June 18-22, 2005 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“KlezFest St. Petersburg,” now in its ninth year, is the oldest
klezmer seminar in Russia. The 2005 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.” Our staff will include world-famous musicians — from New York, the violinist, accordion player, vocalist, ethnomusicologist and the world’s leading expert on Yiddish dance, Michael Alpert; also from New York, the vocalist from the famous Klezmatics group, Lorin Sklamberg; from Berlin, the outstanding klezmer clarinetist, Christian Dawid, and others.

“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 we are pleased to announce a special program for
lovers of Yiddish music and culture from other parts of the globe. We
are 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 two excursions.
Participants will pay for 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 frenk@lea.spb.su.

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: jcdf@ajws.org.

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!