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November 15, 2013

The Second Misha Alexandrovich International Jewish Music Festival will be held in Riga

In late November – early December the second festival of Jewish music – the Misha Alexandrovich International Festival will be held in Riga, with the participation of performers from Latvia, the USA, Israel and Germany. The culmination of the festival will be a symphony concert in the Large Guild on 1 December.

When people speak about Latvian Jewish culture, they most often mention the names of Oscar Strok, Mikhail Tal, Herz Frank, Max Goldin and other outstanding masters who have been recognised not only in Latvia, but also far beyond its borders. These also include the name of Mikhail (Misha) Alexandrovich. Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the date of the birth of this outstanding chamber singer and cantor, performer of folk Jewish songs. His art was applauded in Latvia, Russia, Israel, the USA, Germany and other countries.

In 2007 the Misha Alexandrovich International Festival was held in Riga under the auspices of the Council of Jewish Communities and with the support of the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund, enjoying great success. Its participants were musicians from Latvia, Israel, the USA, the Republic of South Africa and Finland. This festival became a momentous event in the cultural life of this country and the Jewish community of Latvia.

 “Events such as the Alexandrovich Festival have huge public potential and significance. We know well that really talented art always brings nations together, contributes to mutual understanding between people and appeals to reason and conscience. For us, it is not only the subject of the festival that is of great significance, but also the fact that Latvian listeners will have an opportunity to open the yet unfamiliar pages of Jewish and the world’s musical culture,” noted the Chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Latvia Arkady Sukharenko.

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