Hevreh Travels to Argentina 2020
Hevreh Ensemble is excited to announce plans for the summer of 2020 when we will travel to Argentina. We are currently arranging concerts to be held in historic synagogues in Buenos Aires, Rosario and Cordoba with our first concert to be held at the magnificent synagogue Templo Libertad in Buenos Aires.
We are thrilled to be joined by soprano Alicia DePaolo who sings with the ensemble Miryam among many other groups. Interspersed with Hevreh’s repertoire she will be sing cantillation from the soulful and stirring Book of Lamentations, which is a collection of poetic laments for the destruction of Jerusalem. The planned performances coincide with the observance of Tisha b’av , which marks the destruction of the two temples in 586 BCE and 70 CE.
Stay tuned for further plans!
Hevreh Ensemble has just returned from our tour to Poland. We were delighted to perform for the prestigious International Jewish Cultural Festival in Krakow, Poland. The concert was held at The Galicia Museum to a sold out audience! Krakow was bustling with activity during the festival, with many concerts, lectures and other activities scheduled during the week of June 25th. It was wonderful to witness people from around the world coming together to celebrate the renewal of Jewish Culture in Poland! After the festival, we performed in Lublin at Galeria Labirynt; a contemporary art museum. The museum is housed in a Soviet Era factory/trade school. In Warsaw, we performed for the stunningly beautiful POLIN Jewish Museum. The museum was built on the site of the Warsaw Ghetto and we felt that this location was particularly appropriate for our collaboration with photographer Loli Kantor. Her evocative and gripping images that were projected on four large screens, spoke in a deep way for both the audience and ourselves. Loli’s parents were Holocaust survivors from Poland. Raised in Israel, Loli returned to Poland in 2004 for the first time to capture images of the unknown world her parents left behind, and in doing so, reclaimed her own identity. She published the results of these journeys in her 2015 book, Beyond the Forest: Jewish Presence in Eastern Europe, 2004-2012.
We feel that this collaboration, and our tour throughout Poland was the perfect expression of Hevreh Ensemble’s mission and vision. We had the opportunity to bring our uplifting and spiritual/soulful music to an international audience through intimate and engaging performances in unusual venues.The Cultural Director at the POLIN Museum,Kajetan Prochyra said:"that both artistically and... how to put it in a nutshell. I think your project touched the very core of our museum. Homecoming. Both privately and as member of the staff of the museum, I would like you to feel at home here. It's your museum!"
We were gratified to know that these museums and Loli’s involvement in the project attracted an audience that might not otherwise have had the opportunity to hear a concert like ours: we have expanded our hevreh (circle of friends) and continue to celebrate our heritage and origins.
You can keep up-to-date with our Polish adventures on our blog, and if you are as excited as we are, keep checking back for upcoming dates where you can see this innovative program here in the USA. You can also support our tour and our domestic programs here.