May 19, 2017 @ 6:18 pm – 7:18 pm
Newton Cultural Center, City Hall
1000 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
Tix: $25/ $15 seniors & students, $45 sponsors
Linda Plaut
Nigun Ensemble @ Newton Cultural Center, City Hall | Newton | Massachusetts | United States

Yelena Neplok, Artistic Director

Masterpieces by great Russian and Jewish composers of I9th and 20th century and a unique repertoire of Jewish folk songs in Yiddish and Hebrew The ensemble includes Yelena Neplok, piano; Valerie Schleppi, soprano; Donald Wilkinson, baritone; Sargis Karapetyan, violin; Cynthia Forbes, cello; Chester Brezniak, clarinet.

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 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 its album “The Art of Jewish Music” recorded in Jordan Hall.

Art Exhibition and Sale by Artist Veronica Kavin

Veronica’s paintings incorporate bright colors and dream-like figures and landscapes.