Monthly Archives: October 2005

“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.

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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)