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Korenne appearing at NYMRCC on May 7

Korenne appearing at NYMRCC on May 7

"Oy Vey" is Jewish for "Uff-da" at New York Mills Cultural Center on May 7.

New York Mills resident Elisa Korenne will give a performance of her program of songs "Oy Vey is Jewish for Uff-da" on Saturday, May 7 at the New York Mills Cultural Center. Show begins at 7:30 p.m. and doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $12 advance sale and $15 the day of the concert. Student admission is $5. Tickets can be reserved by calling (218) 385-3339.

The Rimon: Minnesota Jewish Community Foundation sponsored the creation of this 60 minute concert of songs and stories about fascinating Jews who immigrated to the rural Midwest. The concert presents a great edu-tainment piece about a unique cultural element in the United States.

Korenne's rich voice and engaging songcraft brings a rare authenticity to her music. After cutting her teeth in the high-caliber New York City music scene, the preeminent independent music retailer CD Baby hailed Korenne as "one of the best we've ever heard" and Singer & Musician magazine said she "belongs on anyone's must-play list."

Over the last two years, she has been gaining renown for her Ordinarily Unsung project. The Jerome Foundation, the Ucross Foundation, the Hedgebrook Foundation, and the Robert M. MacNamara Foundation selected Korenne as a recipient of four prestigious artistic fellowships for her Ordinarily Unsung project about members of the fringe in American History. As a performer, Korenne has been a headliner at regional, national and international festivals. In 2005, the Nevers-a-Vif music festival in France chose Korenne to open the line-up of international artists. She has earned songwriting awards from the Plowshares Songwriting Contest, Sisters Folk Festival, Great American Song Contest, Song of the Year, Song Prize, and the Philadelphia Songwriters' Project.

Korenne's live performances match her songwriting talent; her arresting presence and husky vocals lend her the rare ability of consummate performers to keep listeners riveted. Her music can also be heard on her debut album, "Favorite," which was selected as one of the Top 50 Indie Releases of 2005 by Singer & Musician magazine, and on the radio. In 2006, the album was added to nearly 200 college radio stations across the U.S.