John Weinzweig & more - The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir's 87th Spring Concert: Raisins and Almonds

Dimanche, Juin 2, 2013
Titre de l'événement: John Weinzweig & more - The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir's 87th Spring Concert: Raisins and Almonds
  • Région: Ontario
  • Venue / Location: Temple Sinai, 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto
  • Temps: 7:00pm
  • Prix: 20 in advance; 25 at the door; 15 seniors; 10 students; 12 and under free
  • Genre: Chœur (9 voix et +)
  • Lien externe: Toronto Jewish Folk Choir
Description:

The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir’s 87th annual spring concert, "Raisins and Almonds," includes a celebration of the centennial of composer John Weinzweig with his stirring Am Yisroel Chai.

Alexander Veprinsky conducts his 10th spring concert as the Choir’s conductor. Pianist is Lina Zemelman. Featured soloists are soprano Kyra Folk-Farber and tenor Martin Houtman.

The stirring 1953 work Am Yisroel Chai (Israel Lives!) commemorates the centennial of its composer, John Weinzweig (1913-2006; www.johnweinzweig.com), as well as the 65th anniversary of Israel. It also marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, a singular act of defiance during the Holocaust by a small, poorly armed group remaining in the Ghetto, greatly outnumbered by their Nazi aggressors. The text is a Yiddish poem by Malka Lee, dedicated to Holocaust survivors who founded 12 kibbutzim (cooperative farms) in Israel’s Negev, after the war.

The program also includes arrangements by Maestro Veprinsky, and the song collection Rozhinkes mit Mandlen (Raisins and Almonds) by the legendary Yiddish theatre writer/composer Avrom Goldfaden (1840-1908) marking the 105th anniversary of his death.

Tickets may be booked by calling (905) 669-5906 or e-mailing folkchoir@hotmail.com, or purchased directly from choir members. More information will be posted at www.winchevskycentre.org/institutions/choir.html.