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October 4, 2004
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Chava Alberstein to Perform at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – From affectionate tunes about love and peace to songs defiant of oppression, one of Israel’s most accomplished singers, Chava Alberstein, will inform and inspire audiences on Wednesday, October 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Kean University’s Wilkins Theatre, located at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.

Alberstein’s music epitomizes the poetry of the Israeli spirit and the heart of the Jewish people. Having released more than 50 recordings since the late 1960s, Alberstein sings primarily in Hebrew, but has also dedicated entire albums to Yiddish-language songs. Six of her recordings have been recognized with the Kinor David prize, Israel’s equivalent to the U.S. Grammy Awards. Alberstein also released an English-language album that covers standards by classic songwriters like George Gershwin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Her latest accomplishment, titled End of the Holiday, was distributed worldwide in 2004 to rave reviews. “Alberstein’s quivering tenor is sublimely expressive, full of pathos when caressing a ballad, frisky when riding the crest of a traditional dance tune,” reported Entertainment Weekly. And The New York Times called Alberstein “a thoughtful songwriter with folksy roots, peaceable instincts, a voice filled with compassion and an earnest desire to improve things.

Tickets are $25 for the public; $21 for senior citizens; and $17 for children. Black-and-white and color photographs are available upon request. For further information, to order tickets, or request a brochure, call the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).