Yearly Archives: 2005

Rosenberg names “Song of the Lodz Ghetto” CD a “must have” in Newsday

Marion Lignana Rosenberg, a writer for Newsday, has named the CD by Brave Old World, “Song of the Lodz Ghetto” as “the must-have CD of 2005” She states: “This haunting work interweaves songs of hope and defiance from Lodz, where some 250,000 Jews awaited slaughter during World War II, with musical glosses by klezmer and new Jewish music band Brave Old World. Plaintive yet also a kick in the teeth of death, it is the must-have CD of 2005.” Rosenberg also has a blog where she links to some really great articles about the CD, not the least of which is a phenomenal review by Ruth Gruber in the International Herald Tribune last Nov 8, at
It’s gratifying to see the mainstream press starting to catch on to this great musical collection.…

Varshavsky-Shapiro Piano Duo win Second Place in Miami

Israelis Stanislava Varshavsky and Diana Shapiro won Second place in Dec, 2005, at the 10th Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, held in Miami, Florida. Competing against the top piano duos in the world, the Israelis finished second with the pianists from Japan, Kuni Seo and Shin-ichiro Kato finishing first place Gold Medal. The Murray Dranoff Foundation was created in 1987 by Loretta Dranoff as a tribute to her late husband with whom she performed as an internationally recognized two piano team. The second prize, the Silver Medal comes with a $15,000 award. Another Israeli, Michael Tsalka from Tel Aviv finished 9th place with partner Katarzyna Marzec-Salwinski from Krakow, Poland.

Varshavski and Shapiro started playing together as a duo in 1998. In 2004 they won The Grand Prize at the 15th Piano Competition in Rome for duo piano and 1st prize for piano four hands.…

Holocaust Memorial Day at Central Synagogue London

Thursday, January 26, 2006 at Wix Hall, Central Synagogue in London.
Address: 36 Hallam Street, London, W1N 6NN,
Phone:020 7580 1355.
Time: The concert starts at 7.30pm
Ticket prices are £15
concessions £12.50

A concert celebrating human creativity in adversity for Holocaust Memorial Day. Maya Kasir soprano, Sagi Hartov cello, Marc Verter piano and special guest Sarah Aaronson accordion.
After a short film ‘They never touched my bread’ – celebrating the meeting in Canterbury after 40 years of two musicians who performed together in the extraordinarily creative Terezin Concentration Camp outside Prague will be presented classical and cabaret music for voice, cello, accordion and piano, written and performed in the camp. Steven Leas with Central Synagogue choir conducted by Michael Etherton will sing the memorial prayer El Male Rahamim, that they performed in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen at Westminster Hall at Holocaust Memorial Day 2005 and which was broadcast on BBC TV.…

Central in Song at Wix Hall, Central Synagogue in London

Wednesday 21 December
Central in Song at Wix Hall, Central Synagogue
Address: 36 Hallam Street, London, W1N 6NN,
Phone:020 7580 1355.

Music at Central presents music written for the synagogue performed by its cantor
Steven Leas and the choirs of Central Synagogue and the Choir of London at Central
Synagogue on Wednesday 21 December, at 7.30pm.

This exciting collaboration sees Steven Leas and the Choir of Central Synagogue, who
performed before the Queen last year at Westminster Palace, joined by the men of the
highly acclaimed Choir of London, an ensemble of some of the UK’s finest choral
singers who are particularly noted for their innovative cross-cultural projects, and
who performed in Jerusalem and Ramallah last year.

The programme, accompanied and introduced by Stephen Glass, includes settings of
prayers and psalms, from Renaissance polyphony to modern arrangements.…

Art of Yiddish song and dance in LA

The Strauss/Warschauer Duo will be teaching Yiddish song and Yiddish dance classes and performing in LA all next week (starting this Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005), as part of “The Art of Yiddish.”

Heroes of the Yiddish World:
Knights, Mystics, Partisans & Scribes
December 18 – 24, 2005

A joyful and enriching opportunity to connect with a global legacy.
No previous knowledge of Yiddish needed.

Presented by the California Institute for Yiddish Culture & Language (CIYCL)
in association with Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles.

For details visit, call 310-745-1190,
or email

Visit the Strauss/Warschauer Duo’s website:

Women helping Women in Jerusalem

Women helping Women Fundraiser Dec 18 @ HINENI
Please join me for a wonderful musical evening on Sunday December 18th.
With: Female Vocalist Niriya from Holland, Female Klezmer Group “Alei Assor” incl. Rachel Ferency – Piano, Sarah Leah Phares – clarinet, and Tirtza Chamberlain – violin
TIME: 19.30 – 22.00 (hall open at 19.00)
LOCATION: HINENI Jerusalem (for info
ADDRESS: 2 Frumkin St. (accross Zion Square) Tel.: 02-624-3407
FEE: 15 NIS Donation suggestion
[Proceeds go to our Friend Rivka battling cancer and medical bills.]

A Hanukkah Concert at the Center for Jewish History

The American Society for Jewish Music and the American Jewish Historical Society

A Hanukkah Concert
Sunday, December 18, 2005 at 3pm
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY

This concert, featuring world renowned pianist, composer and arranger Dick Hyman,
will include works by George Gershwin, Richard Rogers, Leonard Bernstein, and Harold
Arlen, among others. Mr. Hyman will be joined by vocalist Annette Sanders, who
began her career as a featured soloist with Benny Goodman. Singer/actress Ellen
, known so well for her Bubba Meises, will perform Yiddish songs and Isaiah Sheffer, host of Selected Shorts, returns for a reading of a special story.

*The concert will be followed by a candle lighting, singing, and reception in the
Paul S.…

TOHU veBOHU in Geneva

le groupe composé de HOTEGEZUGT (musique klezmer)
& NOMADES (musique arabo-andalouse) se produira en concert
jeudi 8 décembre à 21h 30
Theatre St-Gervais
5 rue du Temple, 1201 Genève

dans le cadre de la quinzaine “Double exode ? Israël – Palestine”

Dans le même festival:

“Longing or Exile at Home” par le Arab Hebrew Theater de Jaffa
“Al-Jidariyya ” de Mahmoud Darwich par le théatre National palestinien de Jerusalem-est
ainsi que des films, conférences, dialogues et rencontres…

Détails du programme sur le site:

Twenty Israeli Composers: Voices of a Culture.

By Robert Fleisher

In 1986, Robert Fleisher spent two months at the center for visiting artists and scholars known as Mishkenot Sha’ananim opposite the wall of Jerusalem’s old city. There he interviewed twenty-four Israeli composers, and in the present volume he brings us oral histories of twenty of these, based on the interviews. The topics covered include the composers’ reflections on their own individual creative output, the place of their music within Israeli music culture, and life in Israel and how it affects their work. The reader gets a good picture of how the special character of modern Israeli history helps to create the culture of the land, a culture born in a relatively young country set in an ancient land, with a population drawn from every conceivable place on earth but at the same time sharing the commonality of Jewish identity.…

Journal of Synagogue Music Fall 2005 Issue on Congregational Singing

We’ve just received the library issue of The Journal of Synagogue Music, published by the Cantor’s Assembly and it looks like a particularly special issue: Vol. 30, No. 1, for Fall, 2005. There are theoretical articles by Samuel Rosenbaum, Max Wohlberg (excerpt from a talk from 1980), Geoffrey Goldberg, Akiva Zimmermann, Benjie Ellen Schiller and Boaz Tarsi, … and that’s just the first section. Better get your copy.


un concert AMJ tout à fait original à Genève:

Marcelo Moguilevsky: clarinettes, flûtes, harmonica, voix
Cesar Lerner: piano, accordéon, percussions
dimanche 4 décembre à 17h à l’Alhambra, 10 rue de la Rôtisserie, Genève
Organisation: les Amis de la Musique Juive
Réservations: ou tel: 0(041)22 320 86 28
entrée: 25.- / AVS, chômeurs, étudiants, etc: 15.-
Réduction supplémentaire de 5.- aux membres AMJ

Depuis une vingtaine d’années, Cesar Lerner et Marcelo Moguilevsky apportent une
innovation et une ouverture à la musique populaire instrumentale juive.
Petits-enfants d’immigrants russes et polonais arrivés en Argentine en 1900, ils
contribuent avec virtuosité à la renaissance du style klezmer en développant un
langage personnel, basé sur l’improvisation et des éléments issus du folklore
argentin, du tango, du jazz et des musiques contemporaines.…

Klezmer Concert and Yiddish Dance Party at Columbia University

The Columbia University Series on Klezmer Music and Yiddish Song opens its
2005-2006 series on Monday, December 12, 2005, 8:00 PM, with a klezmer concert
and Yiddish dance party featuring the Strauss/Warschauer Duo and the Columbia
Klezmer Band.

The concert of traditional and original klezmer music and Yiddish songs will
be followed by dance instruction and a dance party.
The event is free and open to the public, and will take place at Deutsches
Haus, 420 West 116th Street (between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive) in
New York City. No tickets necessary.
For more information, please contact Jeff Warschauer at 718 399-1147 or, and visit



“A project with newly composed music of expansive scope, Alexander has
produced a screaming celebration of the multicultural American Jewish
Elliott Simon, AllAboutJazz – NY

New York, NY: Makor (25 West 67th street) Celebrate the 365th day of
the year and the 7th night of Hanukkah – all in one; enjoy three floors
of entertainment and mingling! Beginning at 9pm the party will include
Aaron Alexander’s Midrash Mish Mosh, Frank London’s Klezmer Brass
All-stars, a Klezmer Jam Session and The Boys of Balagan Boogaloo. Also
offered as part of the evening is a two-hour open beer and wine bar
(from 10 to 12) followed by a champagne toast at midnight.…


Dec. 11th 2005
Club Oasis in East Midwood Jewish Center
1625 Ocean Avenue
Brooklyn, New York

“Soulful, Spiritually Evocative, and Pure Heaven on Earth” are just
some of the most recent descriptions of Neshama Carlebachs
singing. Her captivating melodies have drawn comparisons to
Sheryl Crow and Linda Rondstadt with a religious nature
reminiscent of Amy Grant.

$25.00 – Students & Seniors $20.00 Kids 12 & Under Free


Over 250 adults and children will celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of
Lights, in concert, 3 P.M., Sunday, December 11, 2005, as Congregation
Rodeph Sholom of Manhattan hosts its unique Festival of Choirs. The
sixth annual concert will feature Cantors and their choirs from the New
York City metropolitan area. This year, the first night of Chanukah is
Sunday, December 25, 2005.

A Festival of Choirs is free of charge and open to the entire community.

Congregation Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street off of
Central Park West in Manhattan. For more information about this
concert, please call (212) 362-8800, ext. 1337.

Musical Event Celebrating Jews of Color

New York – Ayecha, a leading Jewish diversity organization, is hosting a groundbreaking musical event celebrating the experience of Jews of Color in Israel, Africa and the United States. This historical event will feature top Jewish performers, including the internationally acclaimed Joshua Nelson and Danny Maseng.

The Jewish Soul Celebration concert will take place on
December 17, 2005,
from 8pm – 11pm,
at the Peter Norton Symphony Space at 2537
Broadway at 95th Street.
For more
on Ayecha, visit

Rabbi David Zeller releases “Goodnight My Sweetest Children”

Rabbi David Zeller has released a CD of music for children and adults entitled “Goodnight My Sweetest Children”.
Zeller is a singer, teacher and counselor based in Jerusalem. These songs utilize the melodies of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and are based on Jewish bedtime prayers. Songs are intended to be relaxing and soothing to help children fall asleep. The CD can be purchased at:

Shalshelet Composition Competition

Got music? Shalshelet, the Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music, is accepting submissions of original compositions for the Second International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music, to be held in June 2006. The
deadline for submissions is December 30, 2005. Shalshelet encourages the creation of compositions that enhance congregational worship and help Jews rediscover prayer through music. The best of submitted compositions are featured in an annual concert, workshops,
and CD. For submission guidelines and more information, go to

Melodia Women s Choir Salutes Fanny Mendelssohn’s 200th Birthday

Melodia Women’s Choir at NOV 19 CONCERT IN NYC
Melodia Women’s Choir of New York City presents a mystical November concert of darkly transcendent music drawn from the classical and contemporary lexicon. Featured in the program is a special 200th anniversary tribute to Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, sister of Felix Mendelssohn and an extraordinarily talented, if often overlooked, composer.

Conducted by Cynthia Powell, the accomplished 32-member Melodia women’s ensemble will present “Twilight in the Garden of Dreams” on Saturday, November 19, 2005 at
8:00 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, Chelsea, 346 West 20th Street in New York City.

Melodia has invited The Momenta String Quartet to perform
Mendelssohn-Hensel s “String Quartet in Eb” as an instrumental interlude at the concert.

Tickets to “Twilight” are $15 advance and $20 at the door.…

Town & Village Synagogue presents The Cantor Louis Moss Memorial Concert

Town & Village Synagogue presents: The Cantor Louis Moss Memorial Concert featuring Cantor Shayna Postman, The Town & Village Synagogue Choir, The T & V
Junior Singers, with Accompanist Cynthia Shaw and special guests Hebrew Union
College Cantorial Student David Berger and HaZamir Manhattan (member of HaZamir: The
International High School Choir, Matthew Lazar, Founder)
Saturday December 17, 2005 7:15 pm
Town & Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street NYC
(212) 677-8090
general admission – $18, students – $10, children under 12 – free

Metropolitan Klezmer in NY

Saturday morning, 11/12
Flushing Town Hall, Flushing Queens NY
10am-12 noon Family Workshop with mosaic artist Tina Seligman 718-463-7700 x222
137-35 Northern Blvd (7 train to Main Street)
instrumental quintet lineup & collage-making for kids

Wednesday evening, 11/16
CB’s Gallery, East Village NYC – Benefit show
8pm-9:30pm set for CB’s & CBGB 212-677-0455
313 Bowery (@Bleecker St, next to CBGB)
Just $8, all ages!
with full eight-piece band:

ISMAIL BUTERA accordion, PAM FLEMING trumpet/flugelhorn,
MICHAEL HESS violin/ney flutes, DAVE HOFSTRA bass/tuba,
DEBORAH KARPEL vocals, DEBRA KREISBERG clarinet/alto sax,
EVE SICULAR drums, & special guest JACOB GARCHIK trombone

“A Little Jewish Night Music” in LA

Please join The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles for the World Premiere performance of “The Shul in My Right Mind”. This piece, commissioned by JMCLA, was composed by Dr. Michael Isaacson. In addition, the work of two other well-known Los Angeles Jewish Composers, Aminadav Aloni and Robert Strassburg, will also be performed.

Date: Tuesday, 11/29/2005
Start Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Valley Beth Shalom
Address: 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino 91436
Ticket Info: Free to the Community
JMCLA Tel: 818.907.7194

The evening concert will feature performances by the outstanding Los
Angeles-based Armadillo String Quartet (Barry Socher and Steve Scharf, violin, Ray Tischer, viola and Armen Ksajikian, cello) with guest artists Guy Hallman, piano and Zinovy Goro, clarinet.

Visit for more information.

Music of the Mystics in the Ottoman Empire

Walter Zev Feldman, ethnomusicologist and artistic director, Elena Frangakis-Syrett and Daniel Goffman in Shared Sacred Space. Sunday, Nov. 6, 9:30am, $30 (lecture).
Concerts: Thursdays, Nov. 17 and Dec. 8 and Jan. 26, 8pm, $30 each at the 92nd street Y, NYC. Shared Sacred Space celebrates historical periods and regions in which the art, music and ideas of different cultures and religions have not only co-existed, but have flourished side by side and yiedled rich, cross-cultural material. The Ottoman Empire in the 17th and 18th centuries is one of those societies and it is the focus of this season’s Shared Sacred Space series.

Kurt Weill in America

92nd Street “Y” Lyrics and Lyricists, opens the 2005-2006 season with “Kurt Weill in America”. Andrea Marcovicci, Artistic Director. Shelly markham, Music Director and Piano. Anna Bergamn, Klea Blackhurst, Barbara Brussell, Mark Coffin, Chuck Cooper, Jeff Harnar and Maude Maggart. Saturday Nov. 12, at 8pm. Seats $55 and $45. Sunday Nov. 13 at 3pm and at 8pm. Seats $55 and $45 and Monday, Nov. 14 at 3pm and 8pm, with seats $55 and $45. The tribute to Kurt Weill (1990-1950) and the American lyricists who collaborated with him. Suscription to the entire series are available. For tickets: or 212-415-5500.

“Purimshpil” guidebook book published

A book “Purimshpil. Scenario for work at Klezfest in Ukraine, 2005” (Kiev: The Center of Jewish Education in Ukraine. Jewish Music Department, 2005) was published for the recent “Klezfest in Ukraine, 2005” event. The book has been prepared using Moisey Beregovsky’s materials from his “Jewish folk musical theatrical performances” (Kiev, Institute of Judaic Library, Publisher “Duh I Litera”, 2001). The book was released for the use of musicians and teachers in concert work and education. The Purimshpil was directed by Alina Ivakh, scenario composed by Eugenia Lopatnik, music by Polina Shepherd and traditional.

The Sydney Jewish Choral Society to celebrate 20th anniversary

The Sydney Jewish Choral Society celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, 2006. Under the direction of Rose Grausman, this mixed choir performs a very wide range of
music, including classical, opera, jazz and musicals, as well as popular and folk music from all over the world. The S.J.C.S. regularly performs Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew folk music, Hebrew liturgical settings, and stunning Hebrew musical settings
by composers from Rossi in the 16th century through Kurt Weil and Leonard Bernstein in the 20th, and has given premieres of hitherto unpublished choral works by Jewish composers.

A non-profit organisation, the S.J.C.S. performs regularly in concerts which support Jewish and general charities and gives free performances at Jewish retirement homes and activity centres.

Throughout 2006, the Sydney Jewish Choral Society will be performing several major concerts in Sydney.…

“Asefa” to appear in Malden

The First Church in Malden Concert Series presents “Asefa”
performing “Sacred Time, Sacred Sound: Music of the Sabbath.”

The Brooklyn-based trio “Asefa” performs music of the Jewish
diaspora, including traditional music of North Africa and Eastern
Europe and contemporary American and Israeli music. Their
astonishing multi-instrumental spectacle, including vocals, horn,
oud, saxophone, clarinet, bombard, upright bass, and hand
percussion, is a “must hear” for all ages.
The concert is Sunday, November 6th at 2:00 pm

The First Church in Malden, Congregational
184 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
(781) 324-3733

$10 donation

Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer

Free Open House Tuesday, November 1, 2005 from 7-9 PM
Followed by a 5-week session – Tuesdays – November 8, 15, 22, 29 and December 6
Hands-On Workshop
*Study with an internationally recognized master instructor
*Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition
*Develop tools for improvisation
*Guest instructors from the cutting edge of the contemporary klezmer
*Open to players of any instrument who play and read music at least
an intermediate level.
The open house and all sessions will take place at the Workmen’s Circle, 45 East 33rd Street (between Park and Madison), Manhattan.
Members $125; per session $25
Non-members $145; per session $30

The Music Festival Abu Gosh

Friday October 21st 2005, 19:30
The Kiryat Yearim Church
The SeasonsFall and Winter
Yoseph Haydn
Conductor: Yuval Ben-Ozer
Participants: The Kibbutz Artzi Choir, The Symphoniette Raanan Orchestra
Soloists: Hila Baggio � Soprano
Tal Koch � Tenor
Alxei Kononikov � Baritone

Castel, Tel: 03-604-5000 or *5000 from a Bezeq line
Klaim, Tel: 02-622-2333
Bimot, Tel: 02-623-7000
Gerber, Tel: 04-838-4777

Klezmer Field Work

Shane Solow has put together a webpage as part of “Lost Trails” with some sound clips of field recordings done in Romania of klezmer music. He recorded musicians in northern Romania that play “archaic melodies” that are a prototype for Klezmer music. They learned the melodies from Jewish musicians who lived in this region before the second world war. They are some of the last performers who know this tradition in that area. The musicians on the CD are:
Constantin Lupu, violin
Constantin Negel, cobza
Anton Mitica Stefan, drum
The music is available for sale.

Israel Kibbutz Orchestra Opens 35th Season with Bach B Minor Mass

The Israel Kibbutz Orchestra‘s Opening Concert for the 35th season
is the Bach Mass in B Minor
One of the greatest masterpieces of all times. The IKO will host the Neuer Kammerchor Potsdam and soloists (Israel and Germany) Conductor: Yaron Gottfried
at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tues. October 25, 2005 at 20:30.
For Tickets: 099604757.
Soprano – Keren Motseri
Alto – Noa Frenkel
Tenor – John Bowley (England)
Bass – Raimund Nolte (Germany)


NOVEMBER 13 Concert. Aaron Copland was born Nov 14, 1900. This is a 105th birthday commemorative.
Downtown Chamber & Opera Players conducted by Mimi Stern-Wolfe
Appalachian Suite (13 piece chamber orchestra)
Clarinet Concerto * (William Blount, clarinetist)
Martin’s Aria from The Tender Land * Kurt Alakulppi, tenor
Ukelele Serenade for Violin & Piano * Shem Guibbory, violin; Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano
American Folk Songs: Ivan Thomas, bass-baritone.

Also: THURSDAY DECEMBER 1 for WORLD AIDS DAY at Trinity Church 1-2
Mimi Stern-Wolfe, artistic director, pianist
CHRIS DEBLASIO(1959-1993) Whatever You Say He Sings (poem: Ilsa Gilbert)
Janet E. Hopkins, soprano
ROBERT CHESLEY (1943-1990) “Six Songs”
Marshall Coid, counter-tenor
LEE GANNON (1960-1993): Cello and Piano Sonata
David Eggar, cello; Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano
KENNETH OLDHAM (1960-1993) Across the Sea; Not Even If I Try
Gilles Denizot, Heldentenor…

Cafe Mozart presents Opera/Cabaret/Klezmer Night

Cafe Mozart located at 1331 H Street NW
Washington Dc will present an Opera/Cabaret/Klezmer night on Wednesday September 24th 2005 at 7 pm. Performing will be Washington Opera tenor Michael Blaney,soprano Jennifer Jellings and pianist Jeff Jefferson. In addition pianist Felicia Weiss and clarinetist Steven Rosenthal will perform Klezmer music selections.
For more information on the Cafe please visit the website
To reseve please call 202 347-5732.

A One-Woman Show with Sylvie Braitman

A Story of Reconciliation Between Generations touched by the Holocaust. In honor of Daniel Pearl. Interweaving stories, theater, and Yiddish, Hebrew, French and Russian songs, Bay Area mezzo-soprano Sylvie Braitman presents a unique show based
on her father’s story of survival during the Holocaust. Through acting, music and humor, she has created a powerful vehicle for transgenerational healing.

The concert will take place Sunday, October 9, 2005, 4 – 6 pm at the
Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, in association with the 21st Jewish Music Festival.
Please call 510-848-0237 or
visit for more information. Admission is $12.

“Yiddish Celluloid Closet” with 7-piece MetroKlezmer

At Jewish Music & Heritage Festival
Wednesday, 9/21 at 8pm
“Yiddish Celluloid Closet” with 7-piece MetroKlezmer lineup
at Makor 35 W 67th, NYC $15
Dazzling archival film clips/talk plus live band,
cultural insights and subtexts galore!
With lush reinterpretations of soundtrack tunes…
Classics, lesser-known gems & even Soviet Yiddish newsreel
Info on Eve Sicular‘s lecture:

Mike Eisenstadt, z”l , Host of Sunday Simcha Radio dead at 54.

It is with sadness that we recognize, Sunday Simcha, hosted by Mike Eisenstadt is no longer available. Mike died Friday Sept. 2, 2005 from a long battle with cancer at age 54. Eisenstadt hosted the Jewish radio show for over twenty years, starting in 1985. He kept it up continually. and it was the Florida Gulf Coast’s only Jewish radio show. To read a tribute to Mike Eisenstadt, go to Tampa Tribune:

Ivory Consort at Chicago Festival of the Arts

On Tuesday December 6, 2005 at 7:30 PM, Chicago Festival of the Arts presents “The Ivory Consort: Music in the Land of Three Faiths”
at 1225 West Belmont in Chicago. Tickets: $40 if you mention the Jewish Music Web Center (save $10!).
Contact us at 773-548-8587 or

The Ivory Consort delights audiences with songs from the Golden Age
of Spain, when Jews, Muslims, and Christians forged a common musical
language. Featuring 10th through 13th century songs in Ladino,
Arabic, Hebrew, and Galician-Portuguese, the Consort provides an
historical context for the intermingling of cultures that took place
before the 1492 Expulsion.

Listen, learn, and see if you can resist dancing in the aisles!

The New York Times raves, “The Ivory Consort’s instruments roar,
howl, slide and buzz .…

Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar at Astoria Center

Klezmer Concert with Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar
Tuesday, September 27th, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Cost: $5. Delicious desserts and coffee will also be available.
Astoria Center of Israel Synagogue, 27-35 Crescent Street, Astoria,
Directions: less than 20 minutes from 59th and Lex in Manhattan! Take
the N or W subway towards Queens to the 30th Avenue stop. Walk west on 30th Avenue (towards Athens Square Park) for about 4 blocks; turn right on Crescent Street and we?re a half block down on the right.
For more information: Call the shul at 718-278-2680 or visit

Union of Reform Judaism releases Manginot, Vols. 1 and 2


Magnificent Jewish music for children ages 2 to 13, The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children series provides lyrics, chords, and melodies for hundreds of well-loved Jewish songs for children. Ideal for home and classroom, these volumes feature thematic categories (Jewish holidays, Israel, Holocaust, prayer, and more) to help you find appropriate music for any occasion. Introduce children of all ages to the joy of singing with the help of The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children. For information, call 888.489.8242 or

Yuval Ron Ensemble at Brandeis University

Saturday, October 22, 2005 at 8pm the Yuval Ron Ensemble comes to Brandeis University’s Slosberg Music Center. An intercultural collaboration that unites the sacred traditons of Judaism, Sufism, and Christianity in a musical feast. The souful ensemble whose mission is to build peaceful music making come from Israel, Lebanon, Armenia, France and the US. The enesemble features an authentic Sufi Dervish–a master Whirler of the Mevlana Sufi Order. Pre-concert lecture at 7pm by Dr. Kay Kaufman Shelemay, G. Gordon Watts Professor of Music, Harvard University are held in the Rose Art Museum. Tickets are $20 ($10 for Brandeis community/or senior citizens). Subscription 781-736-3400. Brandeis is located at 415 South Street, Waltham, MA. For more information on Yuval Ron Ensemble, visit,

Fanny Mendelssohn’s music featured at New Center for Arts and Culture

The New Center for Arts and Culture in Boston is bringing to the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College the exhibit “The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons”. As part of the season of interest in this subject a series of events in Music, Lectures, The creative Process and Films, and Jewish Identity will take place throughout the Fall in Boston. On Sunday September 25, 2005 at 3pm at the Boston College, Gasson 100 building will be a FREE concert of the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert features’s Felix Mendelssohn‘s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream for two pianos, and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel‘s Piano Trio in d minor, which is her masterpiece. For more information, call the music department at Boston College, 617-552-6004.…

Preparation for Chazzonim and Baaley Tefila

An evening of presentations to prepare for Chazzonim and Baaley Tefila for the High Holidays is being sponsored by Cantors World and the Philip and Sarah Belz School of Jewish Music, Yeshiva University. Being held at The Jewish Center, 131 West 86th Street, NYC on September 22nds, 8:00pm, the evening features presentations from Cantor Bernard Beer “A Guide to Leading the High Holy Day Service”; Dr. Peak Woo, MD, “Ensuring Vocal Health During a Stressful Season”; and Cantor Abraham Weingarten “Maintaining Vocal Clarity and Strength Throughout Davening”. The evening is bein moderated by Cantor Benny Rogosnitzky and will deal with major issues pertaining to the shliach tzibur, issues of vocal health and maintenacne and ideas for successful delivery and choice of nusach and tunes. There will be a question and answer session following the presentations.…

Pre- High Holiday Concert: by Cantors World

September 21 at 7:30pm in Merkin Hall at 129 West 67th Street, New York City, a pre-high holiday special concert featuring Cantor Sol Zim, Cantor Jeffrey Nadel and Cantor Ari Klein. Also featuring Cantor Eliyahu Greenblatt, Azi Schwartz and his choir, Cantor Yechezkel Klang, and Cantor Daniel Gildar. The price is $40 general admission. For reservations call: 718-851-3226 or go to for more information.

Gershon Kingsley CD from Milken

Gershon Kingsley [8.559435]
This new recording of four works by German-born American composer
Gershon Kingsley reveals the influence of American idioms and
contemporary musical developments-in this case jazz and electronic
music-on the work of Jewish composers, and confirms the openness of both
composers and Jewish institutions to expanding the boundaries of
traditional liturgical practice. In addition, the CD illustrates the
continuing affect of the Holocaust in provoking response by creative
artists, and points to the upcoming observance of the 60th anniversary
of the allied liberation of the concentration camps in the spring of
1945.For details about this CD, go to

92nd Street Y offers classes on Mahler and Schoenberg

Beginning today, Sept. 18. Daniel Felsenfeld will lead a series of 12 sessions on Mahler and Schoenberg being offered by the 92nd Street Y School of Muisc. It examines two of the most important composers of the 20th century, both of whom happed to be born Jewish. Mahler’s work summed up the Romantic period and marked its closure; Schoenberg, following Mahler’s direction, created many of the musical techniques that define the 20th century. Both men converted in their lifetimes. Schoenberg returned later in life to Judaism. The class examines their works, their biographies and thei culture that surrounded them The course is taught by composer and music writer Daniel Felsenfeld. 2-3pm. Cost: $320.

Michael Lukin Catalogues the Dov Noy Collection at JNUL

Congratulations to flautist Michael Lukin on the completion of the Song Index to the Dov Noy Collection in the Jewish National University Library (JNUL) in Jerusalem. This event will be of world wide interest to those who love Yiddish and Hebrew songs. The project involved meticulous cataloging that allows a searcher to find individual songs within a large number of Yiddish and Hebrew song anthologies and other works in this collection. Each song is searchable in the vernacular including keyword, title and author (composer and lyricist) searching. In addition, the incipit of the song, that is, the opening lines, or in some cases, some line of the refrain which may be more identifying to the song, are included in the record. Searchers may try typing in their title or even just a word of the title (keyword) to find which volumes this song may be in.…

Jewish National Library in Jerusalem Digital Idelssohn

The Jewish National Library in Jerusalem has worked the miracle of digitizing, among other works, the 10-volumes of the Abraham Zvi Idelssohn Thesaurus of Oriental Hebrew Melodies, first published in 1923. Idelssohn, known as the father of Jewish musicology, participated nearly a century ago in field recording work in then Palestine. He recorded Jews and and non-Jewish residents of the area, taking meticulous notes both of speech, education and background of the informants, and transcribing into notation their songs from the wax cylinders her made there. From his field work and other research, he produced a ten-volume monumental study which became the basis of musicology of the various Jewish musics from throughout the world, both sacred and secular. Now, this marvelous resource of Jewish music is available online from the JNUL website.…

Jewish Music Forum features Dr. Hankus Netsky in September

The Jewish Music Forum is very pleased to introduce the 2005-2006 schedule of our academic seminar series, “New Perspectives on Music in Jewish Life.”
The first speaker will be Dr. Hankus Netsky of the New England Conservatory of Music. On Friday, September 23 at 10 A.M.
at the Center for Jewish History, Dr. Netsky will deliver a lecture, “The Philadelphia Russian Sher Medley: Viewing the Immigrant Experience through a Musical Text.” Dr. Mark Slobin of Wesleyan University will serve as respondent to this talk. All sessions of the Jewish Music Forum take place on Friday mornings,
beginning at 10:00 AM at the Center for Jewish History. For additional information, please contact James Loeffler at 212-294-8328 or

CELEBRATION CONCERT: Jack Gottlieb at 75

Cantor Ida Rae Cahana, Cantor Richard Botton,
Cantor Jonathan Comisar;
The Professional and Congregational Choirs of Central Synagogue with
Jayson Rodovky, organist, Brass Sextet and others.

September 18, 2005, 5 PM
All are welcome. Free admission.
Central Synagogue, Lexington Avenue at East 55th Street
New York, New York

“Dus gezang fin geto Lodzh/Song of the Lodz Ghetto”

The new Brave Old World CD has been released: “Dus gezang fin geto Lodzh/Song of the Lodz Ghetto,” on the Winter & Winter label. The CD is now available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and should be in the stores across North America. The program has been evolving since 1990, and it reflects BOW’s own experiences over 15 years of performing Jewish music. This album represents a step over into new form of Jewish music–a ‘yiddish song suite’ and is not only of high musical performance quality, but may set precedents for future art forms in Jewish music. I’m calling this new Jewish art form, a ‘bernian suite’ in honor of Alan Bern. For more information read on:

Divahn in San Francisco

Thursday, July 14
Cafe Du Nord
7:30 pm (doors open)
2170 Market Street (at 15th)
Cash bar and dinner menu all night
Purchase tickets: $12 in advance at or $15 at the
For dinner reservations call (415) 861-5016
Amy Tobin (creator of The Esther Show and Lilith, the Musical) plays a short solo set at 8:30, followed by a full Divahn concert.

In the Spirit of Yossele: A Cantorial Concert at Riverdale Jewish Center

Cantorial Council of America is having a concert commemorating the 72nd Yahrtzeit of the legendary Chazzan Yossele Rosenblatt, June 22, 2005 at 7:30pm at the Riverdale Jewish Center. 3700 Independence Avenue, Riverdale, NY 10463. Phone 718-548-1850 Tickets are $36. It will feature singing by Cantor Joseph Malovany, Cantor Shimon Craimer, Cantor Netanel Herstik, Cantor Benjamin Muller, Cantor Joseph Muller with Yitzchak Muller. Cantor Daniel Gildar, Accompanist. Call for more information.

Lenka Lichtenberg at ‘Kavehoyz’

A rare NYC appearance by the Toronto singer
Lenka Lichtenberg
Thursday June 16th, 7:00 PM
At the monthly Yiddish “Kavehoyz”, sponsored by the
Congress for Jewish Culture, 25 E. 21st in Manhattan, admission $7;

Czech-born Lenka Lichtenberg will present a unique program of Yiddish
songs, some old, some new, some never heard before.
Information: 212-505-8040


The Premiere Jewish Choral Event

* Daily Community Sings conducted by some of the
greatest talents on the Jewish musical scene
* One-, two-, and three-day workshops with
leading clinicians
* Outstanding evening concerts
* Special presentations for listeners
* Instant ensembles for all singing participants
* Fun, friendship and learning

The 2005 Hallel V’Zimrah Award will be given
to GIL ALDEMA, noted Israeli arranger & composer and
winner of the 2000 Israel Prize, on Wednesday night,
July 13th.

LOCATION: Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
Kerhonkson, NY

Register Now!

BORSCHT! at Kfar Jewish Arts Center

BORSCHT! Featuring MC SoCalled’s Hip Hop Klezmer, plus Yuri Lane
MC Socalled, aka Josh Dolgin, was an uber-nerd, Yiddophile and part time Klezmer accordionist who made curiously fresh beats in his basement apartment. Those beats became the basis of THE SO CALLED SEDER: A HIP HOP HAGGADAH, CD recorded, produced and mastered in NYC featuring cameos by Wu Tang Clan’s Killa Priest, Hasidic Reggae singer Matisyahu, Mr. Bungle’s Trevor Dunn, David Krakauer and Susan Hoffman Watts.
At Kfar Center
3921 N Janssen #2s
Chicago IL 60613

O P E N D A G Jewish Music School in Amsterdam

Jewish Music School
Joodse Muziekschool
muziekuitvoering leerlingen & docenten
open lessen & kennismaking docenten
Bachstraat 5, Amsterdam-zuid
zondag 26 juni 2005 ~ van 14.15-17.00 uur

Jewish Music School
performance pupils & teachers
open lessons & meet the teachers
Bachstraat 5, Amsterdam-south
Sunday June 26, 2005 ~ from 14.15-17.00 hours

Jewish Music School 020 771 58 81

Jack Gottlieb on ABC “Nightline”

Jack Gottlieb is scheduled to appear on ABC “Nightline,” Friday, June
3, 2005, 11:35 EST, in a profile about Michael Tilson Thomas and his
grandparents, Bessie & Boris Thomashevsky, founding stars of the
Yiddish-American theater. Date is subject to change.

Prof. Martin Schwartz speaks at SOAS in London

Professor Martin Schwartz of the University of California will speak on the topic of “THE LARGE SHARED REPERTORY OF GREEK AND KLEZMER / YIDDISH VERNACULAR MUSICS”

PLACE: Khalili Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG
ADMISSION: Admission free. Open to all interested parties. A collection will be taken.
RESERVATIONS: All places must be reserved in advance. Please e-mail