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V Helsinki Klezmer Festival, Helsinki, Finland, Dec 11, 2007

V HELSINKI KLEZMER FESTIVALV Helsinki Klezmer Festival, Dec 8 - 12, 2007

The Helsinki Klezmer Festival, a festival of klezmer, or Jewish Eastern European music, is taking place in Helsinki for the fifth time. The Finnish Klezmer Society is organizing the festival, and the concerts are at the Savoy Theatre.

Tuesday December 11,
Kharkov Klezmer Band (Germany/Ukraine)

Lecture: "The Roots of Finnish Klezmer"

Dance Course

Mazl-Tov! a play in the Yiddish language

Master Class

Klezmer Jams

In cooperation with the Sibelius Acadamy, the festival is presenting a klezmer music course with the musicians of the Kharkov Klezmer Band (Ukraine/Germany) as teachers. Simo Muir, Ph.D, is giving a lecture about klezmer music in Finland, and violinist and composer Mark Kovnatskiy is teaching Jewish dancing. A new feature of the festival is the production of Sholem Aleikhem's play "Mazl-Tov!" After a successful run last fall, the play is returning to the Universum Theater in the Betania building, and once again the theater is home to the sounds of the Yiddish language!

We are also continuing the previous festivals' tradition: after the concerts, the music-making continues in the Bulevardi Kahvisalonki with lively jam sessions.

*We welcome you warmly to experience, enjoy, and also participate in the events of the Helsinki Klezmer Festival!*

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