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  Yakov Yavno Acclaimed actor-singer YAKOV YAVNO (ru: ) is an iconic figure and one of the greatest performers to emigrate from the former Soviet Union. Yakov Yavnos performances are always a REVELATION! He embodies the tragedy and triumph of Russias Jews, who have been continually persecuted, uprooted and resettled. With his powerfully resonant yet caressing bass-baritone, he creates bridges between cultures, championing the indelible spirit of his ancestors with sold-out shows in Israel, Russia, Australia, and throughout Europe, the Far East and the Americas.

Familiarly known as Yaya, Yavno was born in Minsk, Belarus, into a musical family and received his formal education at the famous Gnesin Academy of Music.   Yakov Yavno Later, he became a leading actor at the acclaimed Jewish Musical Chamber Theater in Moscow.

When he moved to the U.S. in 1990, Yakov began touring the world on a regular basis and singing in venues that range in size from small cabaret-style halls to sold-out stadiums.

Yavno has been featured in the National Opera House of Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem Convention Centre in Israel, the Bolshoi Theater, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Centers Avery Fisher Hall. He has appeared in assorted theatrical works with Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Reeve, and Raul Julia, among others. Yavno is often heard on radio and seen on TV, and has recorded three albums Lets get together, Shadows of Forgotten Voices, and Bridge Over Time.

Sunday, January 10, 2010, 8:40PM, 9:40PM, 10:40PM,
APAP booking conference NYC Hilton, Morgan Suite, 2 Floor
1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019

Yakov Yavno, Andrij Cybyk, Olga Yeliseyeva, Alexander Rudoy, Aliaksandr Anatska, Alexey Efimenko, Alexandre Tseytlin
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MUSICIANS/SINGERS: Yakov Yavno (vocals), Mikhail Smirnov (garmoshka, guitar, vocals), Alexander Menshikov (vocals), Leonid Bruk (bass, balalaika contrabass), Lev Zabeginsky (balalaika), Alexey Efimenko (guitar), Alexandre Tseytlin (violin), Sasha Mogilevich (drums),
DANCERS: Valentina Kvasova, Natalia Ejova, Olga Chpitalnaia, Ksenya Hentisz, Ilia Pankratov, Andrei Kisselev, Andrij Cybyk, Alexander Rudoy.
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ACCLAIMED JEWISH SINGER AND ACTOR YAKOV YAVNO PERFORMS REVELATION, HIS NEW PROGRAM

Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 8:00pm
Leah Posluns Theatre

Yakov Yavno will appear in the warm and cozy atmosphere of the Leah Posluns Theatre on Wednesday, June 28, 2006 at 8:00 PM

Show One Productions presents REVELATION, the Toronto premiere of an exclusive program featuring acclaimed Jewish singer and actor Yakov Yavno in English, Hebrew, Yiddish, Spanish, Italian and Russian. The performance marks Yavno’s Toronto debut.

Yakov Yavno will appear in an intimate solo show one night only as part of a North American tour, Wednesday, June 28, 8 p.m. at the Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst Street. Tickets, $35, $40 and $45) are available from Show One Productions. For tickets and further information, visit www.showoneproductions.com or phone 416-737-6785.

Yakov Yavno’s program is dedicated to Jewish culture, its music and traditions. The Jewish people have been in exile for 2,000 years; they have lived in hundreds of countries, spoken hundreds of languages and still they kept their faith, culture, traditions and music.

Acclaimed actor-singer YAKOV YAVNO (www.yakovyavno.com) is an iconic figure and one of the greatest performers to emigrate from the former Soviet Union. He embodies the tragedy and triumph of Russia’s Jews, who have been continually persecuted, uprooted and resettled. With his powerfully resonant yet caressing bass-baritone, he creates bridges between cultures, championing the indelible spirit of his ancestors with sold-out shows in Israel, Russia, Australia, and throughout Europe, the Far East and the Americas.

Familiarly known as Yaya, Yavno was born in Minsk, Belarus, into a musical family and received his formal education at the famous Gnesin Academy of Music. Later, he became a leading actor at the acclaimed Jewish Musical Chamber Theater in Moscow.

When he moved to the U.S. in 1990, Yakov began touring the world on a regular basis and singing in venues that range in size from small cabaret-style halls to sold-out stadiums.

Yavno has been featured in the National Opera House of Tel Aviv and the Jerusalem Convention Centre in Israel, the Bolshoi Theater, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. He has appeared in assorted theatrical works with Vanessa Redgrave, Christopher Reeve, and Raul Julia, among others. Yavno is often heard on radio and seen on TV, and has recorded three albums – Let’s get together, Shadows of Forgotten Voices, and Bridge Over Time.

Yakov Yavno’s performances are always a REVELATION!

YAKOV YAVNO CAPTIVATES TORONTO
Review by Helen Klukach

Hello again, dear readers, your roving arts writer, journeyed up to the Lea Posluns Theatre on Tuesday June 27th, to see this acclaimed actor-singer. He is an iconic figure, as well as one of the greatest performers to immigrate from the former Soviet Union. Yakov was born in Minsk, Belarus, into a musical family, and received his formal education at the famous Gnesin Academy of Music in Moscow. He eventually became a leading actor at the Jewish Musical Chamber Theatre, also based in Moscow.

Yakov immigrated to the United States in 1990, and began touring the world on a regular basis, presenting his glorious bass-baritone at showcases, ranging in size from intimate cabaret-style acts to large-scale events. He has performed on stage at the Bolshoi Theatre, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Centre, and the National Opera House of Tel-Aviv, as well as many other world-class concerts.

Now to return back to the concert which I attended that evening. The air of excitement and anticipation from this opening-night capacity crowd, quite literally crackled! And we were not disappointed, because Yakov glided unto the stage, and quite simply filled the entire theatre with his magnetic and hypnotic presence!

Yacov performed songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, English, Spanish, French and Russian. In addition to singing, he swooped, swirled and danced to the music, using his entire body, including his eyes, face, arms and feet! He was indeed, the ultimate entertainer, as most skillfully, he engaged your eyes, your ears, your senses, and your heart!

Towards the end of his performance, I hurried back stage, because I had already decided that I simply had to meet Yacov! When the last note sounded, the audience quite spontaneously sprang to their feet to give this multi-talented performer the due that he deserved! He strode from the stage as purposefully as when he had strode unto the stage at the beginning of his memorable performance!

I introduced myself, shaking his hand and congratulating him on his wonderful offering! Most graciously, he answered my questions about his rather astounding career, and during the interview, it came to light, that we shared a mutual friend, with whom he had studied in Moscow, and with whom he had starred in the same musical! That was another Russian-Jewish emigree, Igor Portnoy, who had come to Toronto almost ten years ago with a troupe of Russian performers doing a show called "Russians On Broadway". Igor had, along with about 16 fellow Russians from the Troupe, chosen to remain in Toronto, and had applied for Regugee status. Igor lived with my husband Jim and myself for seven months, before bringing his wife Elena and son Zenya to Toronto. He has remained in Toronto, and is presently working as a singer on cruise ships that travel the entire globe! Yacov asked me to convey his warmest regards to Igor, Elena and Zenya!

Congratulations and thanks are in order for the impressario, Svetlana Dvoretskaya of Show One Productions, for continuing to bring to Toronto, the calibre world-class entertainment, that she has! In fact, Svetlana told me that Yacov's first show had sold out so quickly, she had to book him, as well, for Wednesday evening June 28th, which was also sold out! Bolshoye spacibo Sveta!

Helen Klucach
Special for Gazeta-Plus
July 10, 2006-07-10

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