Zhenya Lopatnik, a well-known klezmer singer from Kharkov, Ukraine will be performing in NYC this Sunday, July 12 2015 at 1pm at the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 West 16th St. This is a rare opportunity to hear one of the best Yiddish singers in the world.
Zhenya Lopatnik is a singer,composer, Yiddish songwriter, and Jewish educator. She is perhaps best known for the music she composed to “Ver vet blaybn” by Avrom Sutzkever which is sung the world over. She has participated in numerous klezmer festivals as a singer, teacher and soloist of the “Kharkov Klezmer Band”. Zhenya organizes the Annual International Festival “Kharkov Klezmer Teg”. Her songs can be heard at Klezmer events in many countries.
She will be the featured singer in the Annual All-Yiddish Program in Memory of Dr. Mordkhe and Charne Schaechter z?l. The main speaker will be Dr. Kenneth (Binyomen) Moss, Posen Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, author of Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution. He will speak on “Nationalism, the State and the New Antisemitism in Zionist, Diasporist and Territorialist Thought, 1929-1939”.
Itzik Gottesman, noted folklorist and currently senior lecturer of Yiddish at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak on “My Uncle Mordkhe”.
The event is co-sponsored by the League for Yiddish and YIVO. The event is free and open to the public. You may reserve at: http://yivo.org/events/index.php?tid=205&aid=1394