The Nechama Lifshitz Song Contest is back and scheduled for several days in mid-September. A big hit last year, we expect it will draw even more attention this third time around.
Nechama, or Nekhama according to a stricter transcription, was an amazing Yiddish-language songstress sometimes called the Jewish Nightingale who began her professional career in Vilnius and Kaunas, going on to fame in the Soviet Union and world renown with concert tours abroad.
The best voices from Lithuania and abroad will meet at the Lithuanian Music and Theater Academy performance hall from 11:00 A.M. till 6:00 P.M. on September 17. The hall is located at Tilto street no. 16 in central Vilnius. That same evening Jazz Cellar 11 at Aušros vartų street no. 11 in Vilnius will host popular music vocalists starting at 8:00 P.M.
On September 18 there will be a concert performed by prize winners at the Old Town Hall in Vilnius starting at 6:00 P.M. The same evening the party continues at Jazz Cellar 11 with the closing ceremony for the song contest.
An additional contest for prize winners is to take place at the Einav Center concert hall in Tel Aviv in Israel in November.
Contest organizers also invite you to the opening of the Sound of Color exhibit by the Israeli artists’ group Matter of Color at the Old Town Hall in Vilnius starting at 2:00 P.M. on September 18, and the Vira Lozinsky Yiddish Song Recital at the Organum performance hall at 6:30 P.M. on September 19.