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Songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl – concert with Polina Shepherd

Sunday, June 30 @ 7:00 pm 8:30 pm

Songs of the Steppes and the Shtetl brings us the opportunity to sing and hear Yiddish and Russian folk music on Sunday, June 30. Polina Shepherd will lead a workshop at 2 p.m. and give a concert at 7 p.m.

In this musical journey, Polina will present a mixture of original, classical and folk songs mainly in Yiddish with a few visits to cultural neighbours. Her unique style and repertoire, based on traditional forms, cuts a sound deeply rooted in East European folklore. This multi-faceted weave of songs will present a few ballads, drinking songs and grandparents’ tales mixed with some sweet, dreamy folklore plus a few songs for the audience to join in. 

Workshop participants are invited to perform in this concert. This concert will inaugurate the baby grand piano donated to Temple Israel by Susan Hollins.

Polina Shepherd is a composer, performer, educator and cultural activist with over 30 years of professional experience. She grew up in a Russian Jewish home where songs were frequently sung at family celebrations. When living in Tatarstan and studying at the State Academy, she played in Russia′s first klezmer band after Perestroika, and toured the world with her own quartet, Ashkenazim. Now living in the UK, she leads choirs, collaborates with bands, orchestras, soloists, ensembles, records for film and theatre, and performs internationally. Learn more about Polina and her work on her website.


A contribution on a sliding scale of $10–$30 is requested for each event. The building is wheelchair-accessible.