To the Vilnius Cultural Center Jewish song and dance ensemble
Dear guardians of ethnic tradition,
There is no doubt the identity of a people resides in the depths of their folklore where a unique world of music beckons to us and symbolic meanings cavort. For many a year now the Fayerlakh ensemble in their concerts have brought lovers of folklore together and have popularized Yiddish culture wonderfully.
Inventive musicians, great singers and expressive dancers have come together nicely under the Fayerlakh flag. And so your concerts are dominated by a sense of beauty and cohesion. Your playful appearances are eagerly awaited by many admirers around the world.
You are probably the only ensemble in Europe who so creatively, cleverly and tightly present your own musical sources and roots.
I sincerely congratulate the entire Fayerlakh collective on the beautiful 45th anniversary of your establishment.
Let your music ring out widely across the nations for many centuries. Celebrate and preserve your foundational values. I wish you great success, creative talent and many happy meetings with the real lovers of folklore on all continents.
March 22, 2016