May 19, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
$25, $15
Newton Festival of the Atrs

Friday, May 19
Evening of Russian & Jewish Music
Yelena Neplok, Artistic Director
Newton Cultural Center at City Hall

7.30 pm Tix: $25, $15 for seniors & students, $45 sponsors

The 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 andtwo singers, 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 and renowned pianist Yelena Neplok, the group had its American premiere at NEC’s Jordan Hall in 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