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Flory Jagoda, University of Hartford, CT, Jun 14

"Sephardic Musical Journey"
Musicians Flory Jagoda and Susan Feltman-Gaeta will perform a concert featuring a musical journey of the history of the Sephardim.

rescheduled from March
Monday, June 14, at 7:00
Millard Auditorium
University of Hartford
Contact: 860-768-4963

Singer and composer Flory Jagoda was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia where her grandmother, Nona, passed down the family's musical heritage, as is the rich tradition of the Sephardim women. During World War II, she escaped the destruction of the former Yugoslavia's Jewish community. After spending more than two years interned on the island of Korcula and escaping to Italy at the end of the war, she met an Army Air Corp Officer Harry Jagoda whom she married in 1945. He brought her to Virginia, where they have lived ever since.

In 2002, Jagoda was honored with a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. On March 24, 2003, she was the soloist performer in a ceremony in Auschwitz, commemorating the Sephardim who died there during the Holocaust. That same month, she received the Immigrant Achievement Award and was honored at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

p>Susan Feltman-Gaeta is a vocalist and guitarist who was born in Hartford and currently resides in Fairfax Station, Va. For eight years she performed jazz and American folk music as a soloist in Buenos Aires, where she also studied and performed Argentine folk music accompanied by classical guitarist Oscar Casares. In 2002, Feltman-Gaeta was accepted into the 2002-2003 Folk Life Apprenticeship Program of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. As part of that, she recently completed studies with Flory Jagoda. Feltman-Gaeta also performs nationally as a soloist, as a member of the Sephardic group, Colors of the Flame, as well as a guest accompanist for Flory Jagoda. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Greater Washington Jewish Folk Arts Festival and the Holocaust Museum.

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