Following August 11 and the passing of Robin Williams, August 12 is another sad day in history.

From YIVO’s blog:

On August 12, 1952, thirteen prominent Soviet Jews were executed in Moscow, among them the poets Itsik Fefer, Dovid Hofshteyn, Leyb Kvitko, and Peretz Markish; and the novelist Dovid Bergelson.

Every year, Jewish communities around the world hold commemorations on what has become known as the “Night of the Murdered Poets.” This year, on Tuesday, August 12, at 6:30 pm, the Congress for Jewish Culture, the Jewish Labor Committee, and the Workmen’s Circle will present a free memorial concert at YIVO.

Dutch soprano Sofie Van Lier and pianist Dimitri Dover will perform in a program that will include the following works:

  • Mikhail Gnesin – Jewish Songs, Op. 37;
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg – Jewish Songs, 2nd Cycle to Lyrics by Shmuel Halkin , Op. 17;
  • Dmitri Shostakovich – Prelude and Fuge No. 8 in F-Sharp Minor, Op. 87, and selected songs from “From Jewish Folk Poetry,” Op. 79  (in Yiddish);
  • Veniamin Basner – Three fragments from the musical “Jewish Luck.”

Attend the program.

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