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Free performance by Elisa Korenne features songs and stories of Jewish immigrants

Elisa Korenne returns to the ITOW Veterans Museum on Sunday, July 11, at 7 p.m. to perform her latest one-woman show. "Oy Vey is Jewish for Uff-da" is a unique live performance that tells the stories of little known Jewish immigrants who settled in the Upper Midwest. Elisa Korenne, a professional writer, performer, and composer, became fascinated with the Jewish immigrants to rural Minnesota when she herself arrived as a Jewish immigrant to rural Minnesota in 2007.

Korenne spent the last year researching the Jewish pioneers of the 19th and early-20th centuries and then crafted original song-portraits that tell their stories. In her engaging live performances, Korenne intersperses her original songs with story-vignettes and explanations about Jewish culture.

Korenne's warm stage persona invites audiences to relax and enjoy unlikely and fascinating stories from history, her intelligent and engaging songs have audiences singing along, and her "rich voice" has listeners asking for more.

Korenne, based in New York Mills, has gained national recognition as a songwriter and composer. She specializes in writing songs about unique and uncommon individuals and events generally left out of the historical canon. She crafts poignant, always entertaining songs out of their lives and words.

"Oy Vey is Jewish for Uff-da" was made possible with support from Rimon: the Minnesota Jewish Arts Council; the Howard B. Brin Jewish Arts Endowment Fund; the Friends of B'nai Abraham; and the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. This activity is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature, with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

The performance is free and open to the public and will be held at the ITOW Veterans Museum, 805 West Main, Perham. For more information, call 218 346-7678 or visit