Archive for the ‘Performances’ Category

Bibi Marcell

August 12, 2012

When: August 28 (Tuesday) at 12:15 pm

Where: Wheeling Public Library

Bibi Marcell presents a solo concert with guitar.

Gypsy Rhythm Project

July 24, 2012

When: August 23 at 12:15 pm

Where: Wheeling Public Library

The sextet explores the intersection of Roma (ethnic Gypsy), Jewish klezmer and Balkan folk music.

Bibi Marcell and Gail Mangurten

July 24, 2012

When: August 8 (Wednesday) at 12:15 pm

Where: Wilmette Public Library

Bibi Marcell, vocalist, and Gail Mangurten, pianist, offer a program of nostalgic Yiddish songs in the Herschel & Rivche Goldfarb Memorial Concert.


July 24, 2012

Jazmer, founded by lead vocalist Shirlee Todd in 1995, performed Yiddish, Hebrew, and Ladino songs with a contemporary flair at Northbrook on Tuesday, July 17.


Duo Controverso

July 24, 2012

Annette Bjorling, the world’s first and only klezmer harpist, and Kurt Bjorling on clarinet and basset-horn, performed at Wilmette on Tuesday, July 10.

Stewart Figa and Ilya Levinson

July 24, 2012

Festival favorites Stewart Figa, vocalist, and Ilya Levinson, pianist, performed a program of Yiddish popular, theatre, and folk songs at Wheeling on Monday, July 2.

The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble

July 24, 2012

On Wednesday, June 20, The Chicago Klezmer Ensemble, led by Kurt Bjorling, performed at the Skokie Public Library.

Klezmer in Lombard

March 5, 2012

SPRING EVENTS: Join Chicago YIVO at Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard for our second Klezmer Concert with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band!

Where: Congregation Etz Chaim; 1710 South Higland Avenue; Lombard, IL

When: Sunday, April 29 @ 10:45 AM 


Everyone welcome but we need to provide Etz Chaim with a complete list of participants in advance. So please let us know if you want to come. Just RSVP by sending an e-mail message to our Chicago YIVO/Etz Chaim liaison:

Click HERE to see photos from our first Klezmer Concert at S.P.A.C.E. in Evanston.

WSTHZ Kosher Cabaret

December 6, 2011


Tzivi’s Report: Chicago YIVO Summer Festival favorites Stewart Figa & Ilya Levinson brought the crowd to its feet Saturday at the “Kosher Cabaret” sponsored by West Suburban Temple Har Zion in River Forest.

Their 6 partners in the New Budapest Orpheum Society (Julia Bentley, Philip V. Bohlman, Dan Davis, Iordanka Kissiova, Mark Sonksen, & Don Stille) joined Figa & Levinson for a celebration of Figa’s 13th year as WSTHZ’s cantor extraordinaire.

Figa sang in German, Hebrew, & Yiddish, including my all-time favorite number “Ich bin ein unverbesserlicher Optimist” (“I’m an Irrepressible Optimist”) by Hermann Leopoldi & Robert Katscher. He also added a great rendition of Irving Berlin’s raucus “Cohen Owes Me Ninety-Seven Dollars” (in English).


Mezzo-soprano Bentley provided the female touch with German torch songs, including the wonderful “Black Market” solo Marlene Dietrich sang (in English) in Billy Wilder’s 1948 film A Foreign Affair.

The New Budapest Orpheum Society has two CD collections (Dancing on the Edge of a Volcano & Jewish Cabaret in Exile) and they are BOTH highly recommended.

To Stewart: Mazel tov on your Bar Mitzvah year at WSTHZ!


Photo Credits: Jan Lisa Huttner (12/3/11)

Berger Poetry Reading

September 13, 2011

Zackary Sholem Berger will read from his new book Not in the Same Breath (a book of poems in both English and Yiddish)

Where: Harold Washington Library Center

When: Tues Oct 18 @ 6:30 PM

Zackary Sholem Berger, better known to Forverts readers as Sholem Berger, will be in Chicago for a medical convention in October. (Those of you who read Forverts &/or The Forward regularly may have enjoyed his dispatches from medical school, and then as a resident in training in internal medicine.)

Among Sholem’s other accomplishments is producing children’s books, specifically translating two Dr. Seuss books (One Fish, Two Fish and The Cat in the Hat)  into Yiddish. Sholem did this in collaboration with his wife Celeste (a book designer), and they were allowed to use the publisher’s copyrighted design, artwork, etc. as an “official” translation of these works.

Some of you may remember when Sholem and Celeste came to Chicago to read from Kats, der Payats way back in 2004, others may remember studying these texts (not really exact translations but rather adaptations capturing the essence of each story) in Khane Feygl’s classes. 

Come to the Chicago Authors Room on the 7th Floor of the Harold Washington Library Center on October 18th and help us welcome Sholem back to the Windy City!