Vira Lozinsky and the Emil Aybinder Ensemble
Sunday May 25, 8pm
Al Green Theatre, MNJCC, 750 Spadina Ave.
$20 in advance, $25 at door (plus HST)
For tickets please click here or call Ticketwise at (416) 907-0468.
Please note that the tickets listed are for the concert PLUS the day of Yiddishtog lectures ($25+HST).
Once you choose your seats, you will have the option to remove the lectures if you prefer tickets for the concert only ($20+HST).
NOTE: advance sales will cease on May 24.
Israel’s Vira Lozinsky is one of today’s outstanding Yiddish singers. An enchanting performer in every way, Vira’s mellifluous alto voice is powerful, warm, expressive, and pure. Her unique repertoire of new compositions and traditional favourites is rendered in a variety of musical styles, from East European folk (Klezmer, Roma, Romanian, Russian) to South American Tango. Having twice performed in Toronto under the Ashkenaz Foundation banner (2007, 2008), Vira will be joined for this concert by the powerhouse ensemble of virtuoso accordionist Emil Aybinder, with whom she captured Grand Prize at the 2012 International Jewish Music Competition in Amsterdam.
Vira Lozinsky was born in 1974 in Beltz, Moldova (Bessarabia), to a family of Yiddish artists. Her father Michael Felsenbaum founded the Yiddish theater of Beltz in 1989 and is a prominent figure in Yiddish culture. Well known as a poet and playwright, he has written many of the songs in Vira’s repertoire. After immigrating to Israel at age 16 Vira earned her BA in Musicology and Yiddish literature at Bar-Ilan University. In 2000 she graduated with honors from the vocal program of Israel’s prestigious Rimon school of Jazz & Contemporary Music. A significant event in her career occurred in 2002 when
she met the great Yiddish singer Nechama Lifshitz, who has since remained her teacher and mentor. Vira has released three solo CDs and her touring career has taken her to festivals in Canada, the US and Europe. Vira’s unique artistry is a testament to the resilience of Yiddish music in Israel, and to the central role of Jews from the former Soviet Union in preserving Yiddish music in the 21st century.
Presented by Ashkenaz Foundation, in association with MNJCC, as part of Yidishtog and Jewish Music Week www.jewishmusicweek.com
Ashkenaz Foundation gratefully acknowledges the generous financial support of the Mary Berman Fund For Yiddish Education at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and the Shockett Yiddish Teachers Training Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto for supporting this performance.