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September 02, 1983 - Image 53

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1983-09-02

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THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS

Russian Emigre Realizes Dream:
Opening His Own Music School

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Most Russian Jews who
come to live here are con-
cerned about learning the
language, getting jobs, and
for the most part, getting es-
tablished.
Nikolai Lemberg wants
to start a music school pat-
terned after the European
tradition.
Lemberg, here six
months, has already made
contact with the Lycee In-
ternational in Southfield,
who has generously offered
space and clerical assis-
tance to Lemberg, to start
his Classical Music School
for Children.

Geared for children
age 6-14, the music school
will require its students
to have classes in music
theory, music literature,
choir and piano as a sec-
ond instrument. Private
instruction will be avail-
able in piano, violin,
cello, percussion, flute,
clarinet, bassoon, oboe,
trumpet, trombone,
saxophone and horn.

The cost for a 10-week
semester is high, but can be
justified when one learns of
the caliber of teacher 'who
will be on staff: Lemberg
himself, who played for the
Moscow Radio and TV Or-
chestra, the Moscow Opera
and Baroque Ensemble, and
he is a former teacher and
graduate of the prestigious
Moscow Conservatory.

Joining him will be
pianist Aleksander Resin,
former pianist of the Mos-
cow Philharmonia, and
Inna Nedoresova, violinist
and concertmaster of the
Windsor Symphony Or-
chestra. Other ,Russian
Jewish immigrants here
with similar music back-
grounds also will be on the
staff. Lemberg's wife will
teach music history and
music theory.
Lemberg said notables in
Detroit's music community





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3849. The music school is a
cultural program of the
Lycee International, a fully
accredited non-profit col-
lege preparatory school.

Rachmaninoff and Ros-
tropovich "brought to
American music something
new and they brought what
we want to do — the Euro-
pean tradition, in culture
and music," Lemberg said.
Lemberg had occasion re-
cently to demonstrate his
skill as he performed in the
annual Yiddish concert held
at Shepherd Park in Oak
Park.

NIKOLAI LEMBERG

offered advice and assis-
tance, among them Julius
Chajes, composer and con-
ductor of the Center Sym-
phony Orchestra; Mischa
Rachlevsky, violinist and
coordinator of many music
events locally, and a Rus-
sian immigrant himself;
and pianist Mischa Kottler.

Despite the good start
he has with his music
school, Lemberg still is in
need of instruments, par-
ticularly pianos, and
what he called "qual-
ified" music teachers. (In
the national Russian
American newspaper, he
advertised for teachers
and received responses
from teachers in other
parts of the country.)

He said his idea is not
original. Similar schools
exist in Israel, Australia
and in New York. It is the
only such music school in
Detroit, he said, and it is
unique in that it is the only
one in the area that "follows
the European tradition."
Many Russian composers,
Shostakovitch, Stravinsky,

• Asked why he chose to
open a school only for
children, Lemberg said
"To teach adults — it's
too late. When you start
children at 5 or 6, he has
the right feeling for
music. The child begins
to improvise." Eventu-
ally, students at the
Classical Music School-
will learn to write their
own compositions, Lem-
berg said.

The winner of two inter-
national prizes in flute,
Lemberg talked briefly of
his Moscow experiences. He
said that the Moscow Con-
servatory takes a limited
number of Jewish students
— only two percent of the
student body is Jewish.
"There, are no Jewish
teachers at the Moscow
Conservatory."
Meanwhile, his parents
and a sister are still in Rus-
sia after having been re-
fused exit visas on numer-
ous occasions.

This year, Nikolai Lem-
berg will celebrate his first
Rosh Hashana as a free man
— free from the manacles of
Soviet oppression, free to
choose where and how he
wants to live and free to di-
rect his own music school.

$700,000 Push to Complete
Fleischman Fund Drive

With the Jewish Home for
Aged's capital fund drive
for Fleischman Residence
and Blumberg Plaza at the
$4.8 million mark, volun-
teers are working to meet a
$5.5 million goal within the
next several weeks.
Chairman Paul Borman
credited the drive's success
to the community's under-
standing of the need for ex-
panded services to the el-
derly. He added that there
are still some available
areas to be designated by
major contributors and
cited the importance of
meeting the drive's goal
prior to the opening of the
new facilities at Maple-
Drake.
As part of the final thrust,
the Tree of Life Campaign is
moving ahead under the di-
rection of chairman Dulcie
Rosenfeld and associate
chairman Reva Stocker. Ac-
cording to Mrs. Rosenfeld,
over $85,000 has been con-
tributed to date by those
wishing to memorialize or
honor a loved one with a leaf
on the bronze-and-oak tree
sculpture. Gifts are payable
over five years.

Those working on the
Tree of -Life committee
include Jerome Ash,

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Farber, Beth Feldman,
Beverly Frank, Lillian
Hirsch, Agnes Klein,
Rosalie Kcilbert, Belle
Kukes, Geri Lester, Dr.
Marvin Lester, James
Safran, Max Sosin,
Cynthia Steinberg, Bar-
bara Stone and Phyllis
Welling.

For information, call
Fleischman Residence,
661-2999.

Beirut Massacre

Israeli troops entered
west Beirut last September
following the assassination
of Lebanese President-elect
Bashir Gemayel. Within 48
hours, the world was
shocked when hundreds of
Palestinian civilians were
massacred by Gemayel's
Christian Phalangist
forces.
Premier Menahem Begin
condemned all criticism of
Israeli involvement in the
massacre as a "blood libel,"
but eventually succumbed
to intense domestic pres-
sure to establish a commis-
sion to conduct a formal in-
quiry into the circum-
stances of the massacre.

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