A taste of vibrant shtetl life through readings and music

Partnership between the Spiro Ark and Noir Press brought the London launch for ‘Shtetl Love Song’ by Grigory Kanovich to Central Synagogue last night, featuring music and readings and a talk by Sergey Kanovich, the author’s son, who runs an award-winning NGO ‘Lost Shtetl’ in Lithuania.

The evening was opened by Cantor Steven Leas and music from the shtetl was woven throughout the evening’s programme featuring Arjan Byron – Soprano, Stefan Byron – Piano, Yoav Oved – Tenor and Ilan Lazarus – Piano, all lending to the beautiful atmosphere.

A special guest performance by Lukas Geniušas, silver medallist 2010 Chopin Piano Competition and 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition was saved to the very end of the evening – a spectacular and fitting finale to a most interesting evening.

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