Monthly Archives: May 2004

Koleinu Jewish Community Chorus of Boston

Spring Concert
Join Koleinu for an evening of Jewish choral music on Thursday, June 10th, 8pm at Temple Reyim in Newton. They will be performing a concert of contemporary, liturgical, folk, and Yiddish music with special guest soloist, Cantor Charles Osborne.
Currently finishing its second complete season,
Koleinu initially met in the spring of 2002. As a
community chorus, Koleinu is open to anyone interested in singing Jewish choral music. It is a non-auditioned group, currently about 60 members strong. The group was founded by Cantor Scott Sokol, Director of the Jewish Music Institute at Hebrew College and Larry
Kozinn, a community singer who had long hoped for the creation of just such a group. Koleinu is in residence at Hebrew College in Newton Centre.…


(“Der yidisher filharmonisher folkskhor”)
SUNDAY, JUNE 6th, 2004, 2:00 PM
1 West 4th St. (btw. Broadway & Mercer St.), New York, NY
also featuring the acclaimed youth ensemble
81st Annual Spring Concert:
“350 Years of Jewish Life in North America”
A Centennial Tribute to Itche Goldberg
with I. L. Peretz’ “OYB NIT NOKH HEKHER”
(libretto by Goldberg, music by Maurice Rauch)
The JPPC sings almost exclusively in Yiddish; English translations

Admission: $12 for Adults; $7 Seniors, students and children


David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble

Ronn Yedidia- Accordion, David Glukh- Piccolo Trumpet, Dan Auerbach-Violin,
Yuval Edoot- Percussion, Eddy Khaimovich- Bass.
Special guest violinist, Sony Classical Recording Artist Lara St.John.
The Concert will take place on June 6, 2004 at Satalla- 37 West 26th Str.
(Between Broadway and 6th Ave.) at 7PM
More information about David Glukh Klezmer Ensemble and our other groups
(Classical and Jazz) at

Teresa Tova in France

Teresaa Tova and Fr餩ric Manoukian
27 mai 2004 : ?20h30 A concert in a boite de la chansons at Forum L鯠Ferr鬠11 rue Barb鳬 Ivry sur Seine, Paris 01 46 72 64 68
a concert in mostly English and French

5 juin 2004 : Cercle Amical Medem, the workman circle 52 rue Ren魂oulanger, Paris 01 42 02 17 08
a concert mostly in Yiddish


SOULS ON FIRE, the critically acclaimed oratorio by ZC composer-in-residence CHARLES DAVID OSBORNE, will be making its New York debut on Thursday evening, June 17, 2004 and Lincoln Center’s ALICE TULLY HALL. the World famous actor/director/producer LEONARD NIMOY, who recieved standing ovations at sold-out performances of the work in Philadelphia and Detroit, will once again be the Storyteller, with television personality JOAN GOODMAN and the composer as the narrators. MATTHEW LAZAR will conduct New York’s ZAMIR CHORALE and the orchestra, with soloists to be announced.
This gala concert will be a major fundraising event on behalf of the Acadamy for Jewish Religion.

YEHUDI WYNER Music on Naxos

Yehudi Wyner, a beloved teacher here at Brandeis University, has a new CD released as part of the Milken Archive project on the Naxos label.
Naxos ID 8.559423

THE MIRROR SUITE, from music for the play by Isaac Bashevis Singer (1972-3)

Featuring: Richard Stoltzman, clarinet; Carol Wincenc, flute; Daniel Stepner, violin; Jennifer Langham and Ronald Thomas, cello; James Guttman, double bass; Bruce Creditor, clarinet; David Taylor, bass trombone; Robert Shulz, percussion; Carol Meyer, soprano; Judi Brown Kirchner, mezzo-soprano; Matthew Kirchner, tenor; Richard Lalli, baritone; Yehudi Wyner, speaker and piano.

This release features world-premiere recordings of three evocative works by leading contemporary composer Yehudi Wyner. The Mirror, a play by Isaac Bashevis Singer, explores the interior life of a Jewish woman living in a small eastern European town.…


Milken Archive Releases
Naxos ID 8.559416

Featuring: Cantor Benzion Miller, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra/National Orchestra of Catalonia, conductor Elli Jaffe, Vienna Boys Choir, Chorus Viennensis

This recording of cantorial concert masterpieces celebrates a unique genre of Jewish sacred music that embodies the virtuoso cantorial tradition. With a blend of brilliant vocal technique and deep spirituality that is a prerequisite for performance of this demanding repertoire, tenor Benzion Miller, a renowned fourth-generation cantor dedicated to perpetuating this legacy, brings to life treasures from the “Golden Age” of cantor-composers in America (1920s-1940s), in completely new recordings with full symphony orchestra. Such legendary figures as David Roitman, David Kusevitsky, Moshe Ganchoff, Leib Glantz and Israel Schorr, among others, are represented by these sophisticated settings of liturgical texts that were intended for concert performance rather than rendition of prayer in the synagogue.…

JCC MusicFest West Bloomfield

June 20-27
D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building on the Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus in West Bloomfield.
Tickets on sale May 10, 2004
Highlighting the musical heritage of the Jewish people through a variety of programs that educate and entertain our community, while encouraging affiliation with the Jewish Community Center.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Katie Marcus at

The Gerard Edery Ensemble

The Gerard Edery Ensemble will be presenting “Treasures of Sephardic Song” this Thursday evening, May 20, at Congregation Rodeph Sholom (7 West 83rd St., New York). The performance will begin at 7:30 PM and ticket prices range from $36 for preferred seating, $18 for general admission and $12 for students and seniors. To reserve tickets or for more concert information please call 212-362-8800 x 8108.

Maxwell Street Klezmer Band Free Summer Concerts

Starting in June, and going through August:

Sun., June 13, 45 min. between 11:30-1:30, TBA
Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Arts Festival
Saint Paul Woods, s. of Dempster at Lehigh, Morton Grove

Thurs., June 17, 6:00-6:45 PM, Children’s Concert
Chicago Children’s Museum, Navy Pier – 700 E. Grand Avenue

Friday, June 18, 1:00-1:45 PM, Children’s Concert, Chicago Children’s Museum
Navy Pier – 700 E. Grand Avenue

Thurs., June 24, 7:30 PM, Concert and Dinner Dance
Zhivago Restaurant, 9925 Gross Point Rd., Skokie, IL (847) 982-1400
$16 PP minimum order, no cover charge, reservations recommended

NEFESH in Concert

Saturday, May 22nd at 8:30pm
Merryall Center for the Arts
Chapel Hill Road, New Milford, CT 06776

Tickets $15 – for reservations, directions, etc., phone: 860-354-7264
or visit
“One of our biggest hits last season,this popular group specializing in
Israeli and Klezmer music connects with the audience through song,
instrumentals and poignant classics of Yiddish theater. Their beautiful songbird
delights audiences young and old.”

Golden Age of Chazzanut new CD set

2 CDs set of Rare Cantorials on sale through the month of May for $17.98 .
through Hatikvah music
This 2 CD set features some of the greatest cantors from the Golden Age of
Chazunot. Most of these cantors have been available on CD only on compilations, and many have NEVER been available on an any CD until now.
This 2 CD set consisting of approximately an hour and a half features the
following Cantors:
Kapov-Kagan, Alter Yehiel Karniol, David Roitman, Shlomo Rothstein, Moshe
Surkis, Zvee Aroni, Herman Borenstein, Shlomo Pinkasovitz, Leon Cortilli,
Alexander Sirota, Leib Glantz, Berele Chagy, and Shlomo Kupfer.


Pearl Gluck’s film with music by Frank London will be
shown again at the Museum of Fine Arts on Thursday, June 24, 8pm & Sunday,
June 27, 2pm. Worth seeing (and the music is good!).

From Jewish Film Festival’s press release:
Pearl Gluck
USA/Hungary, 2003
77 min., Video
English/Yiddish/Hungarian w/subtitles

Director Pearl Gluck takes a renegade approach to healing a personal breach
with her father. Raised in a Hassidic Jewish community in Brooklyn, she
travels to her family’s homeland, Hungary. She searches for a
turn-of-the-century family heirloom, a couch upon which revered rebbes once
slept. Bringing back this couch, or divan, she hopes, will compensate her
father for the fact that she did not get married and return to the Hassidic
world. En route to the ancestral divan, Pearl encounters a colorful cast of

First CD by SUKKE

World Music Network in London will release the first CD by SUKKE, a European
klezmer band, on June 28, 2004, worldwide. SUKKE is:
Merlin Shepherd (England) clarinet, mandola and backing-vocals
Sanne Moericke (Netherlands) accordion and backing-vocals
Heiko Lehmann (Germany) upright bass, guitar and vocals

The CD contains traditional and new original instrumental repertoire as well
as new original songs with Yiddish and English lyrics by Toronto-based
avantgardist Michael Wex. For more details please visit

Vienna: The City of Jews & Music

The Leo Baeck Institute presents: The Cantors Concert
Sunday, June 13, 2004
3:00 PM
Cantor Erik L. F. Contzius (Temple Israel of New Rochelle, NY)
Cantor Rebecca Garfein (Temple Rodeph Sholom, NYC)
Dr. Bruce Ruben (Temple Shaaray Tefila, NYC)

at Leo Back Institute
Auditorium, Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th St.
New York, NY
A concert of the music of Vienna and Germany:
Sulzer, Lewandowski, Kirschner, and Kellerman.

for Tickets: CJH Box Office: 917-606-8200
Admission: $10 LBI Members, $15 Non-Members
Cantor Erik L. F. Contzius
Temple Israel of New Rochelle


On Sunday May 23 at 7:00 p.m. Temple Sinai of Sharon, MA is “KOL B’SEDER and FRIENDS”, an evening of
unforgettable music featuring the duo “Shirav” (Rabbis David Paskin and
Menachem Creditor), Rabbi David Wolfman, Cantor Judith Seplowin, “The
Freilech Band” (oy, can they rock!) from Temple Isaiah of Lexington,
MA, with special guest Doug Cotler. Sharon is 10 minutes from I-95,
just a half hour south of Boston, and an easy drive from much of New
England. General admission tickets are $18 at the door ($15 in advance
if you call 781 784-6081). Reserved seating is available. All
proceeds will benefit Temple Sinai and the American Conference of

Full information is at web site:

Alexandria Kleztet Summer Concert Season

Saturday, May 15, The Alexandria Kleztet will be playing for the first ever Bethesda Fine Arts Festival at the main stage, located at the corner
of Norfolk and Cordell Avenues right in downtown Bethesda, MD, from 4:30 pm until 6 pm. It’s free, and in addition to boppin’ to the beat, you can check out
the wares of over 120 local artists! For more information, go the following

Yoel Ben-Simhon and The Sultana Ensemble CD

Thursday May 13th @ 8PM
Satalla on 37 West 26th Street (b/t 6th Ave. & B’way)
$12 at the door (no minimum cover)
Yoel Ben-Simhon and The Sultana Ensemble CD Release Party !!! A night full of music and dance!!! Yoel’s music is greatly inspired by childhood memories from the Moroccan Synagogue in Israel and incorporates some traditional hymns. He sings in Hebrew and Arabic.


The American Sephardi Federation with Sephardic House invites you to for I-TAL-YAH: SONGS FROM THE ‘ISLAND OF THE DIVINE DEW’ , AN ITALIAN JEWISH MUSICAL JOURNEY
Curated by Francesco Spagnolo and Directed by Leon Hyman

Saturday, May 15, 2004, at 9:30 PM
Congregation Shearith Israel
70th Street and Central Park West
A concert of Italian Jewish musical pieces from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, inspired by Baroque, operatic, choral and folk musical styles, and representing the richness of Italian Jewish cultural identity throughout the centuries.
For reservations, please call the American Sephardi Federation at
Light Italian dessert specialties will be served after the concert.
More info…

The curator, musicologist Francesco Spagnolo, is the founder of Yuval,
the Italian Center for the Study of Jewish Music.…


Cookie Segelstein: Violin, scordatura violin, viola
Joshua Horowitz: Chromatic button accordion, tsimbl
Stuart Brotman: Bass, basy, baraban

Golden Horn Records is proud to announce its release of Veretski Pass,
Traditional East European Jewish Music by the trio of the same name made
up of klezmer veterans Cookie Segelstein, Joshua Horowitz and Stuart
Much of the music on this recording comes from and near the
region of the Veretski Pass (after which the group is named) in the
Transcarpathian region of what is now Ukraine, the main crossroads
through which the Jews traversed the Carpathian Bow. Some melodies were
passed on to Cookie by her father who was born in the town of Nizhni
Veretski, at the base of this pass. Others were collected by the members
themselves in their travels throughout Eastern Europe.…

RecKlez for Lag Ba’Omer in Cambridge

RecKlez, the Harvard Klezmer Band, will be performing THIS Sunday, May 9 (Lag b’Omer) at Harvard Hillel (52 Mt. Auburn St in Cambridge, Massachusetts.)
The afternoon of Jewish music featuring Harvard’s Jewish a cappella group, Mizmor Shir, and RecKlez: Harvard Klezmer Band, begins at 4:00 PM. Come listen to a rich variety of modern and traditional melodies and stay for dancing. The Klezmer part of the concert will probably begin at 4:45.
Free Admission.

Kabala by Matthew Fields

Turning elements from “Chad Gadya” interleaved with Rosh Hashanah themes in a trombone brass quartet canonic segment is only one of the many interesting twists of the compositions of Matthew H. Fields recording Kabala. Fields has several ‘classical’ music pieces all with extremely unusual uses of Jewish thematic content. The above description comes from “Call of the Shofar” (1992) which is set for tenor trombones, and bass trombone. And I’ll bet you’ve never heard a carillon performing the Sh’ma as the base tune (cantus firmus) of a toccata. “A carillon is a frame of beams and girder to which 23 or more bells are bolted” …so it’s something like playing a xylophone and organ at the same time, only bells ringing…of course that’s not the end… Then there’s Kabala (1993) which is an intriguing composition for clarinet, viola and piano, and a mood piece I liked a lot for it’s mystery and lyrical qualities.…

Hodu Lashem by Devora Gila

Devora Gila
Israeli. Singer/Songwriter. Devora Gila, a frum vocalist, whose recordings are marked for “women only”, has one of the hippest religious recordings around, Hodu Lashem (2003). Devora has a wonderful, sweet voice. Her co-producer, Naor Carmi also worked on the arrangements which utilize not only contemporary settings, but a variety of styles from Israel– from modern, to Arab, to classical guitar and Spanish influenced, to contemporary-easy. Particularly nice is the original song “Beloved”, based on Song of Songs. Devora’s CD is accessible music for anyone and is available at CD Baby She can be contacted at

Gili Sharett at Carnegie Hall

Israeli born bassoonist Gili Sharett will be performing a recital at Weill
Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, 57th Street & 7th Avenue in NYC, on Sunday,
May 9, 2004, at 5:30 pm.
The program will be featuring three premieres, Sonata by the Israeli
composer Yehezkel Braun, winner of the Israel prize, another premiers by the
young Israeli composer and pianist Noam Sivan, who recently had the
Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra play his symphony and a Lullaby by the Jewish
American composer, Sheila Silver.
Tickets are $20 each


SUNDAY, MAY 23rd, 2004, 1:30 PM
3301 Bainbridge Avenue, corner 208th Street, Bronx, NY, 10467

in honor of 350 years of Jewish life in North America (1654-2004)
conceived and performed by
A musical revue of songs about the Jewish experience in America,
including hilarious songs from Second Avenue and the Yiddish vaudeville,
written by Leo Fuchs, Aaron Lebedeff, Menashe Skulnik and others,
as well as some Schaechter songs composed for and performed off-Broadway
GENERAL ADMISSION: $3.50 for adults; free for children, students and
Refreshments will be served.

Matisyahu Lag Ba’Omer Boat Cruise

Matisyahu Lag Ba’Omer Boat Cruise
Sat, May 8, 2004
presented by JDUB & RocksOff
Boat opens at 10PM/sails at 11PM
from the dock at 23rd Street and FDR Drive (East Side). 2 full bars,
surprise guests, new tunes, spectacular views of NYC, Brooklyn, the
Statue of Liberty, the bridges, and the moon.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the boat, and the show is 21+ w/ID

di bostoner klezmer in central MA

Jacob Edwards Library, in Southbridge, MA:
236 Main St.
Telephone: 508-764-542
directions are at
Concert starts at 6 P.M.
If you’re near central Mass. this coming Thursday, come catch one of di bostoner klezmer’s spirited concerts! (and introduce yourself!)
It’s near the Sturbridge exit of the Mass Pike and not too far from CT.

We promise you good listening, a seldom-heard suite,
With selections of freylekhs that sure can’t be beat!

“On the Paths:

The new CD by Rebecca Kaplan and Pete Rushefsky, “On the Paths:
Yiddish songs with Tsimbl”, will be featured on the musical
presentation this week on the Yiddish Forward radio hour, WMCA 570
AM, Sat. nite 9:00 PM, May 1. you can download it a couple of days
later at , click “click programs”.

Casco Bay Tummlers in Cambridge

If you’re in the Boston area and looking for a fun Jewish dance/music event this Sunday afternoon, come check out the Casco Bay Tummlers, Maine’s
premier klezmer band, at the All Asia Cafe in Central Square, Cambridge.
they’ll be doing a lively combination of klezmer standards, original
compositions, and Balkan and Israeli dance tunes.
All Asia Cafe
334 Mass Ave, Cambridge
2:00 – 4:30
$5 (suggested)
For more info: (617) 497-1544 (cafe)
Web site:
Listen to us at:


TV Matters has a new production recorded live in Amsterdam’s historic, 17th Century, Portuguese Synagogue. The concert features three of the world’s greatest cantors in a program of inspiring Jewish secular and religious song. Performing with a 46 piece orchestra and 16 voice choir are Alberto Mizrahi of the renowned Anshe Emet Synagogue, Chicago, Naftali Herstik of Great Synagogue Jerusalem and Benzion Miller of Young Israel Beth-El of Borough Park, New York. To purchase the CD or DVD of CANTORS: A FAITH IN SONG on CD or DVD or to find out more about up-coming tours, please visit the cantors at