Monthly Archives: May 2005

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

5th Annual Rosenshine-Bernstein Memorial Concert

Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill, MA
hosts the
5th Annual Rosenshine-Bernstein Memorial Concert
Sunday May 22, 2005

Featured are 4 cantors in a varied program including liturgical, Broadway, and operatic selections. The artists are
Aryeh Finklestein – cantor at Congregation Mishkan Tefila;Meir Finkelstein – his brother, cantor at Toronto’s Beth Tsedec Congregation, and well known cantorial composer;Ida Rae Cahana – Senior cantor at Central Synagogue, New York City;Robbie Solomon – formerly cantor at Ohabei Shalom in Brookline and incoming cantor at Temple Isaiah in Lexington, composer and founding member of SAFAM;
Eugenia Gerstein – accompanist
with a special guest appearance by Dick Rosenberg

Admission is $30 at the door.
Congregation Mishkan Tefila is at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway in
(next to the Chestnut Hill Mall)


The Toronto Jewish Folk Choir marks the 60 anniversary of the end of World War II and the liberation of the Nazi death camps in its 79th annual spring concert, Sunday, June 5, 7 p.m. at the Leah Posluns Theatre, 4588 Bathurst St. (parking available). Alexander Veprinsky conducts, with Lina Zemelman on piano, and the
Toronto Mandolin Orchestra as guest artists. Tickets, $22, $18 seniors and
students, are available at the door, or in advance from Jewish bookstores or by
calling 416-593-0750. Children under 12 are admitted free; group rates are
available on request. Information may also be obtained via
(click on Institutions) or by e-mailing

Brave Old World to present “Lodz Ghetto” music at Folksbiene

Brave Old World to present “Lodz Ghetto” music at Folksbiene, in NYC, May 11-15
The Brave Old World program on the Lodz Ghetto music being released on CD, is now appearing in NYC!
Brave Old World will be presented by the Folksbiene Theatre in New York this May 11-15. The program called “Song of the Lodz Ghetto,” which has just been released as a new Winter and Winter cd called “Dus gezang fin Geto Lodzh.”

From the Folksbiene’s announcement on their website,!musical-events.html:

The New York premiere of the innovative klezmer group’s moving, theatrical musical program blending Yiddish tradition, classical music, jazz, and rare Jewish street and cabaret songs from the Nazi ghetto of Lodz, Poland between 1940 and 1944. (At the Triad Theater, on West.…

Lori Cahan-Simon at Legacy Village in Cleveland

In Cleveland this Sunday, MAY 15, at Legacy Village,at Cedar and Richmond, The Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Orchestra, featuring singer/folklorist Lori Cahan-Simon, will be performing at Legacy Village this Sunday, May 15 at 2pm in a free outdoor concert of klez and Yiddish Theater standards. Come and have fun with the largest Klezmer Orchestra in the world!

You can hear clips from Lori’s CDs at:


Reiko Kawabata, violin; William Blount, clarinet
Daniel Barrett, cello;
Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano
Bruce Lazarus: Divertimento (commissioned by Downtown Chamber Trio)
Yuri Bortz: Trio for Now and Then for violin, clarinet, piano
Darius Milhaud: Suite for clarinette, violin, piano
Michael Cohen: Monday Morning Piano Trio (premiere)
Peter Schickele: Serenade for Three

SUNDAY MAY 22 @ 3:00 PM
ST. MARKS in the BOWERY (10th St. & Second Av), New York City
Suggested Donation: $10-15; (Seniors, Students $8)
Information: (212) 477 1594;

Mincha Maariv Sefira

May 15 7:30pm
Bialystoker Synagogue
7-11 Willet Street Lower East Side. NYC.
Cantor Yitzchok Helfgot, Cantor Moshe Stern, Cantor Moshe Haschel, Maestro Matthew Lazar and Choir.
$36 General Admission. For reservations call 718-851-3226
or see for more information.

Sarah and Hagar opera in New York

Sarah and Hagar
based on the story from the book of Genesis. First act of a new opera by composer Gerald Cohen & Librettist Charles Kondek. Performed in concert version and featuring Elizabeth Shammash, Ilana
Davidson and Robert Gardner in the roles of Sarah, Hagar, and
Abraham, and a chamber ensemble and chorus conducted by Michael
Two Performances:
Sunday, May 22 at 3:00 p.m.
Temple Shaaray Tefila
250 East 79th New York City (Corner 2nd Ave.)
Contact the Cantor’s office at the temple (212) 535-8008.
$10 admission

Tuesday, May 24 at 8:00 p.m.
Shaarei Tikvah Congregation
46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale
Contact 914-472-2013 x 11
$25 admission, $15/seniors, $5/students

Mandy Patinkin for Folksbiene

Jun 16. At Carnegie Hall, 7:30pm.
Mandy Patinkin sings “Mamaloshen”
A benefit for the future of Yiddish Theatre in America

This historic and exciting gala will bring together the diverse community of supporters who share in a love of Yiddish culture and a desire to ensure its continued dynamic presence in our lives. The concert will also feature appearances by the all-star female Klezmer ensemble Mikveh, the internationally acclaimed clarinet virtuoso David Krakauer, the fabulous New Yiddish Chorale directed by Zalmen Mlotek, soloists Cantor Jack Mendelson, and Cantor Rebecca Garfein and a Grand Chorus of New York and New Jersey school children who will join Mandy Patinkin on the stage of Carnegie Hall to sing in Yiddish and to have an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives.…

Machaya, Rockville, MD

Machaya, Rockville, MD, May 22
An exciting evening of dance and music as the Machaya Klezmer Band entertains with the beauty of Klezmer music. Dance instructor Jay McCrensky will teach basic and advanced simcha dancing, couple dancing, Hassidic dancing, shers,jocs, and terkishes.

Sunday, May 22 7 – 9 pm, $8 mem./$10 general public/$5 children under 12 years. Reservations not necessary.

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Rd.
Rockville, MD 20852.

For more information,

“Between Wissenschaft and Etnografiia” for ASJM in NYC

James Loeffler, “Between Wissenschaft and Etnografiia”, NYC, May 13

American Society for Jewish Music
Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street New York, NY 10011
May 13
James Loeffler, Columbia University, “Between Wissenschaft and Etnografiia: The Search for a Jewish Musical Science in Eurasia, Past and Present”
Guest chair and respondent: Dr. Ludmila Sholokhova, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

All sessions will take place on Friday mornings, beginning at 10:00 AM at the Center for Jewish History. Please RSVP via e-mail to the American Society for Jewish Music or call 212-294-8328. For additional information, please see

Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar

Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar, on Friday, May 6, 9:30-10pm, will be at Freddy’s Bar & Backroom, 485 Dean St. @ 6th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11217 (718) 622-7035. Art Bailey’s Orkestra Popilar is a quartet consisting of accordion, violin(Yaeko Miranda), mandolin (Brandon Seabrook) and bass (Nick Cudahy) that explores music made by Eastern European Jews in the early 20th century.

Tubapalooza Part Deux!

Philly’s Klezmer Princess, Susan Watts, will be playing a set with her Fabulous Shpielkehs @ 9pm. @ 11pm New York’s Klezmer Prince, Frank London, hits the stage with Who’s Yo’ Crawdaddy? Come hear these two giants of trumpet.

Saturday, May 7th 2005 9pm – very late!@ Zebulon
258 Wythe Avenue (betwixed Metropolitan Ave. and N. 3rd)
Brooklyn, NY 11211 (Williamsburg)
L train to the Bedford Stop
A FREE night of nothing but great TUBA bands!
4 bands 4 FREE!

9pm – Susan Watts and the Fabulous Shpielkehs Susan Watts, mighty trumpet princess of Philadelphia’s
klezmer Dynasty, House of Hoffman.

10pm – the Knobs!
Polished and turned on!
11pm – Who’s Yo’ Crawdaddy?
Daddy’s got some gumbo for you!

12am – Slavic Soul Party
Brash and strong as slivovitz, Slavic Soul Party!…