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88th Annual Benefit: November 19, 2013


November 21, 2013
"The Klezmatics' deep relationship with YIVO goes all the way back to 1987, when I first started working here. The oystres (treasures) in YIVO's collections continue to be gems of creative inspiration to us as we approach our 28th year as a band."
— Lorin Sklamberg
Sound Archivist, The Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of YIVO Sound Recordings; Lead Vocalist of The Klezmatics


On November 19, 2013, a sold-out crowd gathered for YIVO’s 88th Annual Benefit. The evening included a concert by the Klezmatics and the world premiere of their work-in-progress based on the Letters to Afar installation by Péter Forgács and the Klezmatics. (This installation, featuring YIVO’s unique collection of Polish home movies from the 1930s, is commissioned by the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, and opened at the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw in May 2013.)

Speakers included YIVO Executive Director Jonathan Brent, who presented the Klezmatics with the YIVO Lifetime Achievement Award, YIVO board member Irene Pletka, and Péter Forgács.

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