The director of the “Śródmieście” Community Center in Białystok invites you to the concert “Mein shtetele”
performed by the Di Galitzyaner Klezmorim band, which will take place on August 17, 2023.
The aim of this artistic event is to remind the citizens of Białystok about the history of Białystok and the tragic fate of its inhabitants during World War II.
An unusual trio – virtuosos of klezmer music
Di Galitzyaner Klezmorim is a Krakow-based band that refers in its work to the tradition of klezmer music, in which poetic, melancholic melodies intertwine with fervent, ecstatic spontaneity. The band consists of three musicians: Grzegorz Śpiewak – accordion, Mariola Śpiewak – clarinet, Rafał Seweryniak – double bass. Their virtuosity, attention to sound and details, combined with great musical sensitivity, give the works an aesthetically sublime character. In addition to pieces based on original klezmer melodies, Di Galitzyaner Klezmorim’s repertoire includes more and more own compositions. The band has already released three albums: “Beyond the horizon” (2012), “Nokh Amol” (2004) and “Di Galitzyaner Klezmorim” (2004). In addition, the musicians have many achievements to their credit, and the most important include: representing Poland at the concert entitled “Magic of one evening” in Luxembourg, as part of the celebrations of the 1st anniversary of the enlargement of the European Union, a concert on the occasion of the Polish Day at the World Exhibition EXPO 2000 in Hannover, first prize in the 1st National Chopin Competition for all instruments except the piano – “Chopin Open”, as well as the performance of music for the film entitled “Dybbuk Remix: Dancing Between Worlds”, dir. Karen Goodman (2019); recording for the MDR TV program “Unterwegs bei Sachsens Nachbarn im Königlichen Krakau” edited by Martina Klemz, hosted by Beate Werner (November 2020), recording and participation in the film “Zwischen Krakau und Karpaten – Mit dem Zug durch Galizien” as part of the “Länder” series – Menschen – Abenteuer” of NDR television, by Michael Höft, prod. Frederick Keunecke (March 2021).
In memory of society
The “Mein shtetele” concert organized by the “Śródmieście” Community Center in Białystok is one of the few musical events commemorating the uprising in the Białystok ghetto. The event will be accompanied by a visualization depicting scenes from the everyday life of the Białystok Jewish community in that period. The author of the animation is the Bialystok artist Sebastian Łukaszuk. In addition to professionals, novice musicians will also perform on stage – participants of the instrumental classes of the “Śródmieście” Culture Center in Białystok: Emilia Potocka and Adam Falkowski – accordion, Julia Jakuć and Alisa Serhiyenia – violin, Paweł Bielecki – piano. The event is a story about the fate of the people who lived in Białystok during World War II. The history of Białystok is extremely interesting and important for the citizens of Białystok, and presented in an artistic form will remain in the memory of new generations for longer.
80thanniversary of the uprising in the Białystok ghetto – a commemorative concert in the center of Białystok
The concert commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Białystok Ghetto Uprising “Mein shtetele” will take place on August 17 (Thursday) at 19:30 at John Paul II Square in Bialystok. Free admission.