Evening of Russian and Jewish music
NIGUN CHAMBER ENSEMBLE
Yelena Neplok, Artistic Director
Newton Festival of the Arts, Spring 2017
20th Anniversary of The Nigun Ensemble’s
American Premiere in Jordan Hall
Evening of Russian & Jewish Music
Friday, May 19, 2017
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
Tix: $ 25, $ 15 seniors & students, 45 sponsors
Available at www.newtoncommunitypride.org/festival or at the concert
20th Anniversary of the Nigun Ensemble’s American premiere in Jordan Hall Masterpieces by great Russian and Jewish composers of I9th and 20th century and a unique repertoire of Jewish folk songs in Yiddish and Hebrew.
Art Exhibition and Sale by Artist Veronica Kavin Veronica’s paintings incorporate bright colors and dream-like figures and landscapes.
The critically acclaimed, award-winning Nigun Chamber Ensemble (“Nigun” in Hebrew means melody) is devoted to the preservation of a unique musical heritage stemming from Jewish composers and their communities in pre-war Eastern Europe.
The ensemble, consisting of piano, violin, cello, clarinet and voice, presents programs, which include classical and folk traditions ranging from klezmer to chamber music, art song and liturgical music.
Founded in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1991 by its artistic director, renowned pianist Yelena Neplok, the group had its American premiere at NEC’s Jordan Hall in April 1997, and was met with great critical acclaim. The Nigun Ensemble has been enthusiastically received in numerous Russian and international music festivals and concerts in many of the most prestigious music halls and has been featured on national radio and television broadcasts in Russia and in the US.
Nigun Chamber Ensemble released several CD’s, including its new album “The Art of Jewish Music” recorded in Jordan Hall.
Yelena Neplok, Artistic Director, Piano
Valerie Schleppi, Soprano
Sargis Karapetyan, Violin
Cynthia Forbes, Cello
Chester Brezniak, Clarinet