A few years ago, I got into a cab in Boston. The Russian driver had been a concert violinist and music teacher.

My kids went to a home day care run by an amazingly loving woman who was a well-respected piano teacher in Moscow.

Its so easy to forget what people give up to immigrate here.

Luckily, for us all, Boston’s Russian community is home to some exceptional musical talents. From classical to folk, jazz to rock, we have Russian neighbors who are amazing musicians who many of us never have the chance to hear.

But that is no longer the case. The Boston Jewish Music Festival invites, no, we URGE serious music lovers to attend a showcase of Boston’s Russian Jewish musical talent on Wednesday, March 16, 7:30 pm at Temple B’nai Moshe/Center Makor on Commonwelath Ave in Brighton.  In planning this event, we want everyone, from the newly arrived to those who’s roots are in Grove Hall, to see and hear and take pride in the talent thriving in our Jewish community.

Six different groups will be performing; Nigun Ensemble, Classica Ensemble, Jazzmates, operatic and folk singer Alexander Prokhorov, Ellena Prizant and Serge Khanukayev, and Maya Korunskaya with Bortis Fogel.

Advance tickets are only $15 and are available at bostonjewishmusicfestival.org and at the Center Makor. At the door, tickets will be $20.

If you enjoy chamber and classical music, come show your support and meet your very talented neighbors.

Pianist Boris Fogel is one of them.

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