American Star Clarinet to Open Zachor Festival in Bialystok
18 June 2012
Renowned American clarinetist David Krakauer opened the fifth annual Festival of Jewish Culture “Zachor – Color and Sound” in Bialystok with the premiere performance in Poland of the Klezmer Clarinet Concerto, composed for Krakauer by the young Polish composer Wlad Marhulets. In addition to the Marhulets concerto, the opening concert with the Podlasie Philharmonic Orchestra featured Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide as well as his Chichester Psalms.
Counselor for Public Affairs Lisa Helling conveyed Ambassador Feinstein’s [PDF 33.91 Kb] greetings and congratulations to Lucy Lisowska, Director of the Center for Civic Education Poland-Israel, the City of Bialystok and all organizers of the Zachor Festival. Ambassador Feinstein is an honorary patron of the Festival, and the Embassy is a proud sponsor of David Krakauer’s visit.
The Zachor Jewish Cultural Festival runs through June 19, and also features a performance of Sephardic songs by American singer/guitarist Gerard Edery and concludes with the First International Academic Conference entitled 'Jews from Eastern Poland -- Culture-Tradition-Literature'.
David Krakauer will return to Poland to perform at the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow on July 1, and again at the I.B. Singer Festival in Warsaw in August.