Tickets & Concert Information
Wed, October 19, 7:30pm
at Temple Aliyah
6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
Sat, October 22, 8:00pm
at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503
Sun, October 23, 4:00pm
at Temple Beth Israel
3033 Towne Ave. Pomona, CA 91767
About The Program:
The concerts will showcase the voice and life-story of Cantor David S. Wisnia, a survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. As a Polish youth, Wisnia sang in the famed Tlumacke Synagogue with renown Cantors Gershon Serota and Moshe Kussovitsky. He continued to use his incredible vocal talent during World War II and his internment in Auschwitz, leading to his ultimate survival. Wisnia’s broad-ranging repertoire includes liturgy, Yiddish show tunes, and Israeli music, connecting Poland’s Jewish musical past with the country’s current emerging moment of Jewish renewal. (Read more about David Wisnia’s story and his recently published memoir “One Voice Two Lives” at www.onevoicetwolives.com)
David Wisnia’s grandson, pianist & singer-songwriter Avi Wisnia, will accompany his grandfather during the concerts as well as perform his own original music, with influences ranging from American Folk to Brazilian Jazz to contemporary Jewish music, keeping the Jewish musical tradition alive, from generation to generation. (Read more about Avi Wisnia’s music and listen to songs at www.aviwisnia.com)
During the program, the Wisnias will also recount their recent travels to Poland: performing together in Warsaw, teaching a new generation of Jews at Beit Warszawa, and revisiting the infamous death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau where David Wisnia was a prisoner for nearly 3 years.
(Read more about the Wisnias’ travels in Poland at http://aviwisnia.com/tag/my
The program also features two special guests from Poland, Rivka Foremniak and Menachem Piotr Mirski, popular prayer leaders from the progressive Jewish community of Beit Polska. The two vocalists from Warsaw and Gdansk, respectively, are among the ten prayer leaders trained by the lay cantor’s program originated by Princess Irina zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg (http://rabbibeliakblog.org/la
Additional musical support at the performances will be provided by instrumentalists from the UCLA undergraduate jazz program and the Thelonious Monk Institute.
ONE VOICE, TWO LIVES Book reading, signing & Communal Menorah Lighting
Saturday, December 12, 2015
5:30pm, Congregation Beth Chaim
329 Village Rd E, Princeton Junction, NJ 08550
This event is open to the public.
Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
More information at www.bethchaim.org or 609-799-9693.
Books will be available for purchase at this event.
(Pre-orders are NOT accepted through this website.)
This powerful memoir takes the reader from a peaceful home in Sochaczew to terror in Auschwitz-Birkenau and lastly to the safety of the Screaming Eagles. Join us as Cantor David Wisnia shares his powerful story of survival and reads aloud from his new memoir.
David Wisnia & Avi Wisnia – słynny kantor i jego utalentowany wnuk, wystąpią w Polsce 24 X 2015 roku o godz.18:00 w Centrum Artystycznym Fabryka Trzciny przy ulicy Otwockiej 14 na warszawskiej Pradze.
David Wisnia & Avi Wisnia – the famous cantor and his talented grandson, will perform in Poland October 24th, 2015 – 6:00pm
at the Fabryka Trzciny Arts Center