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8:00 PM FRI, FEB 24 &

Sat, Feb 25, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Michael Alpert & Julian Kytasty

Love Songs From a Neighboring Village

Friday, February 24th, 2012, 8:00pm
Temple Beth Sholom 642 Dolores Avenue San Leandro, CA 94577
Free and Open to the Public
Concert presentation preceded by brief evening Sabbath services, led by cantor Linda Hirschhorn.

Saturday February 25th, 7:30pm
Special Fundraiser Event: $60-120 suggested donation
An intimate evening aboard the 80’ yacht, Barkissimo, at the Emeryville Marina.
Light refreshments provided. Limited Seating; To RSVP, contact JMF and make a contribution of at least $60 via paypal, or send a check to JMF offices.

Love Songs from a Neighboring Village is a concert program pairing two musical traditions – East European Jewish and Ukrainian – that have existed side by side and interacted for centuries, mirroring the complex relationship between the two peoples that have nurtured them. From lyrical love ballads and songs of flirtation to tales of marital mayhem and epics of separation from home and hearth wrought by conscription and war, Love Songs from a Neighboring Village portrays the many facets of love portrayed in the Jewish and non-Jewish song cultures of Ukraine.

Master traditional singers, musicians and composers Michael Alpert and Julian Kytasty enrich their heritage musics with new compositions and arrangements that marry tradition and innovation. They draw sustenance from the deep wellsprings of Ukrainian folk and liturgical song, the virtuosic art of the bandura (Ukrainian lute-harp), and three Jewish musical genres that reached their greatest European flowering on the soil of Ukraine: klezmer music, Yiddish folk song and the music of the Hasidic world. Along with the Jewish cantorial tradition, these three great art forms of the Yiddish world have nourished each other while interacting closely with the diverse musical styles of non-Jewish neighbors. “Love Songs” continues that interaction in the present day thru music, personal tale, and multimedia projection.

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