Tunxis Community College will present a free concert/workshop with celebrated mezzo-soprano Dr. Monika Krajewska on August 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Tunxis Cyber Café.
Discover the music of Israel, klezmer, Yiddish theater, and major Jewish composers in this free, unique performance and discussion.
Performing with Krajewska will be Natasha Ulyanovsky, piano and Walter Mamlok, clarinet.
A special preview of the new “History of Jewish Music” course taught by Krajewska this fall at Tunxis, the concert will feature performance and discussion of music of the ancient synagogue, the shtetl, Yiddish theater, opera and Broadway, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein and more.
Praised by The New York Times for her “reach and strong tone that expresses not only beauty, but a luminous sense of peace and comfort,” Krajewska has sung in signature roles with major opera companies and orchestras around the world. She made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist in Mozart’s “Requiem.” A co-founder of Connecticut Lyric Opera and of Alla Breve Opera & Consort, Krajewska has released CD recordings of “Russian Romances and Encores,” “Favorites Arias and Songs,” “Yiddish Songs,” and recently “Jewish Cantorial Music.”
Krajewska specializes in performing and lecturing on Jewish and Slavic music. Her book on Jewish music, “Contemporary American Jewish Music and Its Practical Performance,” was published earlier this year by ARS NOVA. Among her degrees, she holds a doctorate from the Paderewski Music Academy (Poland) and master’s degree in music from Yale University.
“History of Jewish Music” will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-9:20 p.m. starting September 2. For more information on the course, call 860.773.1647. Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177 in Farmington. Directions and maps of campus can be found online at www.tunxis.edu/directions.