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By Dini Druk 

Violinist mesmerizes Orlando


Boris Savchuk with Rabbi Yosef and Chani Konikov, directors of Chabad of South Orlando.

Boris Savchuk, an internationally acclaimed violinist of Ukrainian origin, mesmerized an inspired audience at Chabad of South Orlando's Center of Jewish Life. Skillfully playing classical Jewish songs as well as ancient Yiddish melodies, Savchuk had the crowd singing, laughing, and crying as his music transported them to another era, a time long bygone. In honor of the 20th of Cheshvan, a highly regarded date on the Chassidic calendar, Savchuk also added a collection of soulful Chassidic melodies that originated with the founders of the Chabad movement, many of which he had learned from his own grandfather while growing up in Ukraine.

"He was simply amazing," said Rabbi Yosef Konikov, the event's host and director of Chabad of South Orlando. "There was something magical about his music that had everyone focused; it was as though we were all being transported back to a different century."

The concert was part of Savchuk's latest U.S. tour, where he spent 10 days travelling across Florida and Georgia inspiring audiences throughout the two states. Savchuk currently resides in Israel with his family, where he has produced multiple albums of various genres. 

For more information about Savchuk and his music visit http://www.borissavchuk.com

The concert was hosted by Chabad of South Orlando as part of their rich, year-round programming that aims to engage and inspire Jews of every background and affiliation. At Chabad there are no labels or memberships; every Jew is family. 

For more information about Chabad's ongoing programs, including Adult Education, Hebrew School, Preschool, Holidays, Jewish Day School and more, visit http://www.JewishOrlando.com or call (407) 354-3660.  You may also follow their Facebook page at Facebook.com/OrlandoJewish.


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