On Saturday, December 3, Philadelphia will host Ukrainian-born singer and
actress Mariana Sadovska in a world premiere candlelit performance of music
from her new CD, Borderland.  Called "one of the most thrilling and intense
singers in any style" and "oddly perfect" by the New York Times, Mariana
performs her interpretations of songs taught to her by people she met during
ten summers traveling the rural regions of her homeland.  She sings in a
chilling and unique open-throated style that features shrills, hollers, and
whispers, and plays a harmonium, the hand-pumped reed organ of Indian
origin.  Her shows are mesmerizing and not to be missed.

Mariana's last two performances in Philadelphia were sold-out, and for this
performance, she will be joined by formidable New York musicians Anthony
Coleman (piano), Roberto Rodriguez (percussion), and Doug Wieselman (sax and
clarinet).  So we are moving her to a larger yet still intimate venue, First
Unitarian on Chestnut Street.  To hear a one hour interview with Mariana on
WHYY's Radio Times, go to whyy.org/91FM/radiotimes.html and search the
archive for "Sadovska".

Also featured that evening... Elaine Hoffman Watts, a 73-year old Klezmer
drumming grandmother from the renowned Hoffman Klezmer family of
Philadelphia.  Her father played with the Philadelphia Orchestra as well as
in his own Klezmer band, and Elaine was the first woman accepted into the
Curtis Institute of Music.  She was recently awarded a Pew Fellowship of the

And finally... Lidia Kaminska of Poland, the only person we've ever met who
actually has a PhD in Accordion Performance.  If you think accordion is all
about the polka, come see the classically trained Kaminska tear up Bach and

Buy your tickets now as they have already started moving quickly.