Cirque Du Soleil – Alegria

Grand Chapiteau at Ontario Place, Toronto, Ontario. November 11, 2019.

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Yiddish glory

The Lost Songs of World War II
Koerner Hall, Toronto. (August 28, 2018.)

The story:

Yiddish Glory features anti-fascist songs and music documenting Nazi atrocities that were discovered in a former Soviet archive in Kiev. The songs have been resurrected by Yiddish Glory in a jaw-dropping new recording of music written by Holocaust victims and survivors in the Soviet Union during World War II.

Many of the songs are grassroots accounts of Nazi atrocities in Ukraine at sites such as Babi Yar, Pechora and Tulchin, while others are explicit descriptions of resistance and revenge. Most of the songs were written by women and children, perspectives rarely seen in music of this period. The songs were collected by a team of Jewish Soviet ethnomusicologists led by Moisei Beregovsky during the war, but shortly afterwards, during Stalin’s anti-Jewish purge, the collectors were arrested, their work confiscated, and they died thinking the music was lost to history.

On stage:

Yiddish Glory features an elite ensemble comprising world class musicians and led by

Psoy Korolenko: Singer-songwriter
Loyko: The world-renowned Gypsy trio from St. Petersburg, Russia, led by virtuoso violinist Sergei Erdenko with Artur Gorbenko (violin) and Mikhail Savichev (guitar)
Sasha Lurje: vocalist (Yiddish singer from Latvia)
Julian Milkis: Widely considered among the world’s greatest living clarinetists
David Buchbinder: Juno Award-winning Trumpetist
Sergiu Popa: Virtuoso Roma Accordionist
Beth Silver: Multiple Award-winning Cellist
Isaac Rosenberg – Vocals
Anna Shternshis – Historian and Researcher (Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto)

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Anima Allegra

March 10, 2018 (City Playhouse Theatre, Toronto)

Anima Allegra is a truly unique performance of a new wave in Russian clowning tradition. The synthesis of pantomime, clowning, dance and circus acts, Anima Allegra is performed by the best clown-mimes of St. Petersburg. Featuring performers from St. Petersburg Litsedei and Cirque de Soleil, Anima Allegra brings together both the traditional European clowning method and a new vibrant physical performance style.

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Drum TAO

Drum Heart
February 3, 2018 (Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto)

The Nippon Entertament (North American Tour 2018)

DRUM TAO established in 1993, with the dream of creating the best show in the word using "Wadaiko (Japanese Drums)"

Performers: Taro Harasaki, Hiroyasu Yanaka, Kiyoko Aito, Junici Haraguchi, Yasuaki Yamaguchi, Shohei Nakata, Hiroyasu Ikegoshi, Keisuke Yamamoto, Masanory Takayama, Kodai Hiwano, Tatsunori Yamaguchi, Soshiro Fukumizu, Shoya Hamada, Ryudai Ko, Shoko Sakaguchi, Ayumu Hisanaga, Daisuke Iwama.

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Cirque Du Soleil – Luzia

Grand Chapiteau at Portlands, Toronto, Ontario. October 15, 2016.

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Tamara Gverdtsiteli

An Evening with Tamara Gverdtsiteli
“Mamele, The Mother’s Eyes”
with Moscow Male Jewish Cappella (Maestro Alexander Tsaliuk) and “Sinfonia Toronto” chamber orchestra.

Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto (June 3, 2016)

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Allegro School of Dance – 2016

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Yiddish Glory (World premiere)

Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, Ontario, Canada (27.01.2016)

The lost song of life and fate
An all-star supergroup resurrects Yiddish songs from World War II that were thought lost to history until U of T professor Anna Shternshis discovered them sealed in Ukrainian archives.
From a collection of thousands, the most heartfelt and defiant songs have been selected and arranged for their premieres – featuring Russian singer Psoy Korolenko and the virtuosic trio Loyko from Russia, and acclaimed Canadian artists: singer Sophie Milman, accordionist Alexander Sevastian, clarinetist Shalom Bard, trumpeter David Buchbinder, and young singer Isaac Rosenberg.

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Jesse Cook – One World

Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, December 18, 2015.

Band: Jesse Cook, Chris Church, Nicolas Hernandez, Chendy Leon Arocha and Dennis Mohammed

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Allegro School of Dance – 2015

March 2, 2015
Milton Centre for the Arts

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