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Sun Apr 23, 2023 | 11-12:30PM 

The Daffodil Project - featuring Violins of Hope

Last October, the community gathered to plant 500 daffodil bulbs as part of The Daffodil Project, which aspires to build a worldwide Living Holocaust Memorial by planting 1.5 million daffodils in memory of the 1.5 million children who were murdered during the Holocaust. This spring, JCC Chicago welcomes all ages to see the NEW memorial garden in bloom, listen to a Holocaust survivor share their story and enjoy two performances in conjunction with Violins of Hope, a private collection of instruments collected since the end of World War II, many of which belonged to Jews before and during the war. Violinist Aviva Chertok will perform on one of the instruments from the collection. 

Location:  JCC Chicago - Bernard Weinger center, 300 Revere Dr, Northbrook, IL 

Tickets: FREE

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Sun August 13, 2023 | 2-3PM 

Violins of Hope
Community Concerts

Violinist Aviva Chertok will play one of the 70 string instruments that belong to the Violins of Hope exhibition. Members of the JCC staff will be telling the story of the exhibits, as well as a few of the Violins.

Violins of Hope is a collection of 70 string instruments played by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust that have been painstakingly restored, now touring Chicagoland libraries, museums, and cultural institutions with a message of hope, resistance, resilience, and unity.

Location: Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 North Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights IL

Tickets: FREE with registration

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Sun August 27, 2023 | 7PM 

Violins of Hope
Community Concert

Violinists Aviva Chertok brings another concert to the Chabad of Wilmette - featuring a violin from the Violins of Hope collection, catch this performance before the exhibit leaves Chicago the following month! A piano quintet will perform seven beautiful classic Chabad niggunim, taking you on a musical odyssey through the soulful melodies of the old shtetl world.

Location: Fraida Cameron Chabad Center of Wilmette, 2904 Old Glenview Rd

Tickets: $25

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6.04.23 Violins of Hope - Community Concert Series

Violinist Aviva Chertok Li presents a community concert series in partnership with the JCC Chicago and the international Violins of Hope exhibit. Collaborating with violinist Dr. William Herzog, the duo performs music of Jewish composers impacted by the Holocaust, and modern Jewish voices, to honor the past and find resilience and hope for the future. 

Violins of Hope is a collection of 70 string instruments played by Jewish musicians before and during the Holocaust that have been painstakingly restored, now touring Chicagoland libraries, museums, and cultural institutions with a message of hope, resistance, resilience, and unity.

Location: Illinois Holocaust Museum, Arlington Heights Memorial and Joliet Public Libraries, Chabad of Wilmette and more

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3.23.23 Paris en Rêve - an afternoon of French Music

Paris en Rêve brings you some of the most beautiful French classical music of the 19th and 20th centuries. With a variety of works by composers like Camille Saint-Saens, Mélanie Bonis, Claude Debussy, and more, enjoy selections for solo piano, flute and violin sonatas, and three exquisite trios for this unique combination of instruments. Aviva Chertok plays violin and is joined by Kyle Dudley on flute and Daniel Szefer on piano.

Location: Fulton Hall, University of Chicago

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12.01.22 "Meet Me in a Moment" Theatrical Concert

Experience the beauty of classical music and the power of storytelling at this theatrical concert of Jewish music. Written and directed by violinist Aviva Chertok, "Meet Me in a Moment" opens the door to the lives of four great Jewish composers, with each musical selection followed by a scene from the composer's life. Step back in time to the living room of Ernest Bloch, join a rehearsal with Paul Ben-Haim, and attend a meeting of the Society of Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg with Lazare Saminsky. The program also features a special screening of an interview with modern-day GRAMMY-nominated composer, Jonathan Leshnoff.  

Location: North Suburban Congregation Beth El, Highland Park IL

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08.09.22 Holocaust Remembrance/Worldwide Daffodil Project

The Jewish United Fund's RJD division and Holocaust Community Services present a special Holocaust remembrance event, with daffodil bulb planting in conjunction with the Worldwide Daffodil Project. Includes blessing the memorial garden, hearing from a survivor, and crafts for kids. Musical accompaniment for the event will be provided by Aviva Chertok and Liel Amdour. Come join in this meaningful and engaging moment of respect and remembrance.

Location: JCC Chicago - Bernard Weinger center

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06.16.22 "Meet Me in a Moment" Theatrical Concert

Experience the beauty of classical music and the power of storytelling at this theatrical concert of Jewish music. Written and directed by violinist Aviva Chertok, "Meet Me in a Moment" opens the door to the lives of four great Jewish composers, with each musical selection followed by a scene from the composer's life. Step back in time to the living room of Ernest Bloch, join a rehearsal with Paul Ben-Haim, and attend a meeting of the Society of Jewish Folk Music in St. Petersburg with Lazare Saminsky. The program also features a special screening of an interview with modern-day GRAMMY-nominated composer, Jonathan Leshnoff.  

Location: The Art Center Highland Park, Highland Park IL

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05.12.22 Aviva Chertok and Kyle Dudley in concert 

Chicago Concertino Co. performs music from around the world, featuring soloists on every piece. Violinist Aviva Chertok performs the North American premiere of South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr's concerto for flute, violin, and chamber orchestra. Joined by flautist Kyle Dudley, this is an evening you won't want to miss!

Location: Sulzer Regional Library, Chicago IL

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02.20.21 "Travel Diaries" 

Violinist Aviva Chertok returns to Northbrook Library in duo with Israeli-Canadian guitarist Liel Amdour, in their new program, "Travel Diaries."

Take a trip around the world, with music from Argentina to America, across the ocean to France, Romania and Spain. Enjoy this one hour concert that will transport you to familiar and exotic places.  

Location: Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 

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11.20.21 "Meet Me in a Moment" Theatrical Concert

Violinist Aviva Chertok is one of JUF Russian Jewish Division’s 2021 Tikkun Fellows. Experience an engaging theatrical performance including pianist Monika Miodragovic, and actor Marc Frost representing the composers, in this performance of Jewish music. "Meet Me in a Moment," is generously funded by the Genesis Philanthropy group. 

Location: KRUG Community Circle​1400 S. Wolf Rd., Suite 100 Wheeling, IL

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02.08.20 Aviva Chertok and Shirley Wu present "Souvenirs"

Aviva Chertok joins Candian pianist Shirley Wu in Montreal for two performances in their series of concerts of Romantic music, including selections of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Wieniawski, Saminsky, and more. ​The program centers around the idea of memories, souvenirs of the places, people, and things we hold dear. 

Location: Cafe d'Art Vocal, Montreal, QC Canada

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01.26.20 Picardy Collective at Northbrook Library

The Picardy Collective, featuring violinist Aviva Chertok, violist Nicholas R. Mowry, and pianist Monika Miodragovic, come to the Northbrook Library for awonderful afternoon of music from the 19th and 20th centuries,  with works by Tchaikovsky, Bohuslav Martinu, and Robert Fuchs.

 

Location: Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, Northbrook, IL 

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11.17.19 Sunday Musicale:  Chamber Music of the 20th century

The Picardy Collective performed an afternoon of beautiful chamber music by composers Tchaikovsky, Martinu, and Robert Fuchs. Over 120 audience members enjoyed their musical afternoon at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library. 

Location: Hendrickson Hall at AHML - Arlington Heights, IL

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11.10.19 Picardy Collective Debuts at Groupmuse

The Picardy Collective debuts in an afternoon of beautiful 19th and 20th century chamber music, performed in an intimate home-space. Featuring: violinist Aviva Chertok, violist Nicholas R. Mowry, and pianist Monika Miodragovic. Come join us for the music of Tchaikovsky, Martinu, and Robert Fuchs.

Location: Groupmuse host, Monica, at her home in Chicago, IL

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06.03.19 Taichi Fukumura Conducts Shostakovich

Shostakovich's Symphony No. 8 in C minor was composed shortly after the German's defeated at Stalingrad. Aviva Chertok performs in the Accompanietta ensemble, conducted by Northwestern University doctoral candidate Taichi Fukumura.

 

Location: Pick-Staiger Concert Hall - Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

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05.19.19 Trio Morel at Pro Musica

ProMusica's audio specialists store frequently hosts fun and intimate evenings of music. Trio Morel's Aviva Chertok, Lara Madden, and John-Paul Pendowski give their third performance of music by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Moskowski. 

 

Location: Pro Musica audio specialists store - 713 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago IL

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05.12.19 Mother's Day with Trio Morel

Trio Morel performs at the SelfHelp Home, a unique retirement community that features almost 100 live classical concerts a year. The beautiful and exciting music of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Moszkowski brings joy to SelfHelp Home's residents this Mother's Day! Featuring Aviva Chertok, Lara Madden, and John-Paul Pendowski.

 

Location: SelfHelp Home - 908 W. Argyle, Chicago, IL 60640

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04.28.19 Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra

Aviva Chertok plays in the SVSO's third concert of the season, with music by: Artur Honegger, Paule Maurice, Puccini, and Fauré.  Featuring saxophone soloist Matthew Dardick, winner of the 2018 Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artists Competition.

Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts - Skokie IL

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03.26.19 "Jewish Art Music in Interwar Europe"

Pianist and musicologist Dr. Jascha Nemtsov presents two concerts of Jewish art music at the University of Michigan. Aviva Chertok, alumna of U of M, performs with Dr. Nemtsov and baritone Greg Gropper on three Yiddish songs by Janot Roskin, 

Location: Britton Recital Hall - University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

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02.24.19 Trio Morel Debut Recital

Violinists Aviva Chertok and Lara Madden are joined by pianist John-Paul Pendowski to bring you "Trio Morel." Come hear their debut recital, featuring the music of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Moszkowski.

Location: Narloch Piano Studio - 4636 N. Francisco Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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11.18.18 Skokie Valley Symphony Orchestra 

Aviva Chertok, performs her first concert in the SVSO. The orchestra's 2018-19 season kicks off with a gorgeous program of Russian music, featuring soloist Masha Lakisova, winner of the Bonnie and Lee Malmed Young Artist Competition. 

Location: North Shore Center for the Performing Arts - Skokie IL

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