TORONTO JEWISH FOLK CHOIR CELEBRATES YIDDISH MUSIC
& ISRAEL’S 60TH ANNIVERSARY IN ITS 82nd SPRING CONCERT JUNE 1
A Yiddish work celebrating the joy of playing the fiddle, and a salute
in song to the State of Israel on its 60th anniversary highlight the
82nd annual spring concert of the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir. Canada’s
oldest continuing choral body performs Sunday, June 1, 2008, 2 p.m. at
the Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst St., Toronto.Alexander Veprinsky
conducts the 30-voice Choir.
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Pianist is Lina Zemelman, with soloists Miriam Eskin, soprano; Artour
Razgoev, tenor; David Weiss, baritone; and Herman Rombouts, bass. An
instrumental ensemble is also featured.
The choir marks the 60th anniversary of the State of Israel in a mélange
of evocative tunes, mostly in Hebrew, along with the beloved Sephardic
song Adio Querida, sung in Judeo-Spanish. Included is the heartfelt
appeal Hand in Hand – A Song For Peace (Shir L’Shalom), a copy of which
was found on Yitzchak Rabin the day he was assassinated.
Centrepiece is Oifn Fidl (On the Fiddle), by Russian-born,
American-Jewish composer Vladimir Heifetz (1893-1970). The lively work
is based on an autobiographical short story by the great Yiddish writer
Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916), about a boy’s passion for the violin,
despite his father’s misgivings. In addition to David Weiss as baritone
soloist, the performance features four teenaged musicians – violinists
Lyrit Milgram and Eitan Postavsky, cellist Hannah Belvedere, and flutist
Chris James – along with clarinetist Alexander Fedorovsky.
The orchestration is by Maestro Veprinsky, who has also arranged a
Yiddish tango and some Yiddish favourites for the choir. An operatic
chorus and French folksong complete the program.
The June 1 concert is presented with the assistance of the Toronto Arts
Council and the Ben and Hilda Katz Charitable Foundation.
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