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Remembering The Holocaust in Story & Song
with Cantor David S. Wisnia and Avi Wisnia

David and Avi at Auschwitz Panel first night
Mishkan Torah Synagogue
Saturday, December 2, 2017

Time: 6:00pm doors; 6:30pm havdallah service; 7:00pm program
Address: 10 Ridge Road, Greenbelt MD 20770 (25 min. outside Washington DC)

Cantor David S. Wisnia and his grandson Avi Wisnia recount their recent travels in Poland, with stories about the Holocaust and music that they will perform together; presented as part of the Diane Kritt Lecture Series; a small service precedes the concert event; meet & greet to follow

(this event is free and open to the public)
more information at www.aviwisnia.com/tour


David Wisnia will be speaking and signing books at
The 21st Annual World War II Living History Weekend
at the Eisenhower National Historic Site

Saturday, Sept 16, 2017
12:00pm Noon

more event information HERE


David Wisnia will be speaking and signing books at
AIRFEST 2017 in Cape May, NJ
Naval Air Station Wildwood
Aviation Museum

Saturday, Sept 2, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm

for tickets and event information visit www.usnasw.org/airfest


UNION COUNTY VETERANS 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION
JUNE 2017 in LEWISBURG, PA

David Wisnia Union County Parade Cover

David Wisnia will serve as Parade Grand Marshal, Saturday June 24 at 10am.
David Wisnia will give a presentation and concert relating his experience in WWII at Bucknell University’s Rooke Chapel, Sunday June 25 at 2pm.

(all events free and open to the public)
more information at www.unioncountyveterans4thofjuly.com


COURAGEOUS CHOICES: FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
National Museum of American Jewish History
Friday, May 12, 2017
Time: 11:00am (doors); 11:15am – 12:30pm (program).
Admission: $12.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Address: 101 S Independence Mall E., Philadelphia, PA.

Courageous Choices NMAJH image May 2017

Cantor David S. Wisnia and his grandson Avi Wisnia recount their recent travels in Poland, with stories about the Holocaust and music that they will perform together; presented as part of NMAJH “Courageous Choices” Series; meet & greet to follow; museum will be open for touring after the event, included with program admission; only a limited number of tickets for this program will be available


HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY PROGRAM
Temple Agudath Sholom, Lynchburg, VA
Date: Sunday, April 30, 2017.
Time: 4:00pm.
Age restrictions: All Ages.
Address: 2055 Langhorne Rd, Lynchburg VA.

Holocaust Remembrance Day flyer David Wisnia Avi Wisnia at Agudath Shalom Lynchburg VA, April 2017


Three Nights. Three Concerts. 

Celebrating the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland
with Cantor David S. Wisnia
 
October 19 at Temple Aliyah, Woodland Hills
October 22 at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
October 23 at Temple Beth Israel, Pomona
Los Angeles, California | 2016
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Jewish Renewal in Poland is proud to present three concert events in the Los Angeles area featuring Cantor David S. Wisnia, the 90-year-old Warsaw native and survivor of the Nazi horrors who is one of the last living individuals to have their cantorial art personally nurtured by the great cantors of pre-war Poland- Gershon Sirota and Moshe Koussevitsky. Cantor Wisnia will be joined on stage by his grandson Avi Wisnia, an award-winning composer, singer, and performer. The program will also include contributions from two musical representatives of the Jewish renewal taking place today in Poland, Cantorial Solists Rivka Iza Foremniak and Menachem Piotr Mirski from the Progressive Jewish community Beit Polska. Proceeds will benefit the renewal of progressive Jewish life in Poland.  

Tickets & Concert Information

Wed, October 19, 7:30pm
at Temple Aliyah
6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367
RESERVE TIX

Sat, October 22, 8:00pm
at Torrance Cultural Arts Center
3330 Civic Center Drive, Torrance, CA 90503
RESERVE TIX

Sun, October 23, 4:00pm
at Temple Beth Israel
3033 Towne Ave. Pomona, CA 91767
RESERVE TIX

 

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-polish-wisnia/ and http://rabbibeliakblog.org/david-wisnia-88-child-prodigy-auschwitz-survivor-cantor-joined-by-grandson-avi/)

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/lay-prayer-leaders-shatzcantor-development/). Their musical repertoire includes cantorial music as well as a unique niche of Polish-Jewish Klezmer music. The vocalists will reunite with the Wisnias after performing together in Poland in 2015.

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

David S. Wisnia and his book One Voice Two Lives

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.


low res David S. Wisnia & Avi Wisnia Koncert Fabryka Trzciny Warsaw Poland poster Oct 2015

Cantor David S. Wisnia & Avi Wisnia Koncert
 
October 24, 2015
18:00
 
Fabryka Trzciny
Warsaw, Poland

   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

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Read more about their travels at www.aviwisnia.com#MyPolishWisnia