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The Ashkenaz Gala
JUNE 23 Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto

Artist lineup complete:

Sara Felder
Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band
Neta Pulvermacher
Mordecai Richler
Alicia Svigals
(of the Klezmatics)
and MC: Al Waxman

Toronto, May 20, 1997... The Ashkenaz Gala takes place on Monday, June 23 at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, George Weston Recital Hall. While the show starts at 8:00pm, guests should arrive at 7:30pm for unbridled and surprising pre-show entertainment.

The major fundraising event in support of Ashkenaz: A Festival of New Yiddish Culture (which takes place this year at Harbourfront Centre from August 25th through to September 1st), the Ashkenaz Gala is a wonderful celebration of Yiddish culture.

As previously announced by Linda Frum, Chairperson of the Ashkenaz Gala, the lineup includes internationally acclaimed author Mordecai Richler; renowned Yiddish violinist Alicia Svigals of the Klezmatics; Canada's own premiere klezmer band, the Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band; and New York dancer Neta Pulvermacher with her hilarious solo piece Ma Nishtana (with Pulvermacher atop a tower of matzos, set to a recording of the traditional Passover "The Four Questions"). Added to the lineup is San Francisco's provocative performance artist Sara Felder -- a smash hit at the last Ashkenaz Festival. Distinguished actor and director Al Waxman acts as Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Patrons will be treated to a magical evening of 'New Yiddish' music, literature, dance and comedy that will surprise and delight with its depth, power and joy. After the program, guests will enjoy a delicious, deluxe dessert (kosher) reception, and will have the opportunity to bid on silent auction items ranging from elegant jewellery and antique silver to valuable paintings and exotic carpets. All patrons will receive a complimentary copy of the soon-to-be released book Growing Up Jewish, edited by Rosalie Sharp, Irving Abella and Edwin Goodman, published by McClelland & Stewart.

Tickets for this outstanding evening are $100. A tax receipt will be issued for the maximum amount allowable. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at (416) 872-2222 or in person at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office, 5040 Yonge St.


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