Monthly Archives: March 2006

Let My People Sing

April 4-16, 2006. Los Angeles, California.
For nine days Los Angeles will gather to rejoice in the glory of Passover, the “Festival of Freedom.” The latest brainchild of celebrated musician/producer Craig Taubman, and sponsored by major Los Angeles area Jewish Organizations, Let My People Sing will run through the Passover week holiday at venues throughout the Greater Los Angeles area. For more information about performers and venues visist

New Additions to Mahler Archive Online

Teng-Leong Chew and James L. Zychowicz have announced that the following articles
have been added to the Mahler Archives:

From Symphonic Poem to Symphony: The Evolution of Mahler’s First Symphony
by James L. Zychowicz
Naturlaut 4(3): 2-7, 2005

Mahler’s Sketches for the Tenth Symphony
by Steven D. Coburn
Naturlaut, 4(3): 13-18, 2005

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony and the Challenge of a Critical Edition: A Cautionary Tale
by James L. Zychowicz
Naturlaut 4(4):2-7, 2006

Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in Context: What the History of Minor-key
Symphonies Can Tell Us about Mahler’s Decision about Movement Order
by Stephen D. Chakwin
Naturlaut 4(4):8-11, 2006

American Performances of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony
by Mary Wagner
Naturlaut 4(4):13-16, 2006

Gustav Mahler’s Sixth Symphony: Toward a Critical Discography
by Steven Vasta
Naturlaut 4(4):19-20, 2006

Bruckner and Mahler
by Bruno Walter
Naturlaut 4(3): 9-11, 2005

Brown University Launches Online Yiddish Sheet Music Collection

Brown University has launced a Yiddish Sheet Music Collection as part of its Center for Digital Initiatives. So far, it’s a work in progress… they’ve digitized and catalogued about 200 pieces from holdings of around 2000 pieces of Yiddish sheet music. The project is impressive for ease of use, featuring both browsing and searching capabilities. The librarian who has catalogued this is Rosemary Cullen of the John Hay Library, featured in an article in the
Forward on March 24 . The music is available for you to enjoy (non-commercially) online, and there are lots of rewarding images of the stars of yesteryear from the Yiddish stage . Go to the Center for Digital Initiatives, at Toward the bottom of the screen in the bottom navigation bar, click on “Collections”.…

Arie Ben Erez Abrahamson Concert on Israel Radio and in Jerusalem

A concert of the Yiddish and Hebrew art songs of Arie Ben Erez Abrahamson will be performed as part of the Etnachta series of classic music organized by Hayuta Dvir. It will be broadcast live on Kol HaMusica by the Israel Broadcasting Authority from the Henry Crown Symphony Hall in Jerusalem, 20 David Marcus St.(Located near the corner of Chopin, in the Rehavia District near the president’s house) The concert and broadcast are scheduled for April 16, 2007 at 5:00 pm. The Etnacha Concert Series performances are free; call tel. 02/561-7167 for schedule information.

An additional concert of works Arie Abrahamson is scheduled for Motzeh Yom HaShoah, 25 April, 2006 at 8:00 pm at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem .
13 King David Street, Jerusalem, Israel 94101, (02) 620-3333, fax (02) 625-1478

Albert Hurwit Symphony 1 “Remembrance” CD released

Albert Hurwit, a Hartford, Connecticut composer has released a CD on the MSR Classics label “Symphony No. 1, the “Remembrance” Symphony with Michael Lankester, conducting the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony Orchestra. The symphony is striking, with melodious and beautiful melodies, exactly as the reviewer in Grammophone described. It can be purchased at as well as Hurwit also has a website to read more about him and his work:

Jewish Music Festival in Boston, MA –March 25 and 26

A GREAT event celebrating 26 years of the world renowned Klezmer
Conservatory Band
, with workshops, discussion and more! in happening March 25 and 26 in Newton, MA.
Klezmer Conservatory Band Reunion Concert and Mini Music Festival
at the Leventhal Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton Street, Newton, MA
JCC Box Office: 617-965-5226

A celebration of klezmer in Boston, birthplace of the klezmer
revival, features the Klezmer Conservatory Band along with former
band members Michael Alpert, Rosalie Gerut, Jeff Warschauer, Deborah
and other surprise guests!

Saturday, March 25, 2006 ­ 8pm
Sunday, March 26, 2006 ­ Concert ­ 4:00

Ruth Levin’s new Yiddish music anthology

Ruth Levin has produced Word and Melody, an anthology of music to Yiddish poetry by her father, published by I.L. Peretz Publications. The anthology – with texts in Yiddish, English and Hebrew — was launched in Tel Aviv this past weekend. Reminiscences and performances were provided by Alexei Blausov, Regina Drukker, Benny Hendel, Melech Ziv, Prof. Zvi Yavetz, Vera Levinski, Ella Levin, Lev Levin, Ruth Levin, Nechama Lifshitz, Arye Lish, Avishai Fish and Moti Shmit. The anthology contains 49 melodies to songs by 21 Yiddish poets as well photographs and drawings, piano arrangements by Hanan Winternitz, and a preface and epilogue written by Ruth Levin.

Houston Yiddish Vinkl Concert

HOUSTON, March 20
The Yiddish Vinkel will present a Yiddish concert and sing-along led by Israel
Ghelman on March 20th at 8 P.M. at the Jewish Community Center. Mr. Ghelman, born in Argentina, is a professional singer and guitar player who has presented music programs throughout the United States as well as in Latin
America. His style, as singer and teacher, confers a special atmosphere to his performance that captivates all the audiences. We invite all interested members of the community to join Vinkel members for this program which is free of charge. For more information call Susan at 713-772-3036.

KlezCalifornia Palo Alto: Concert, Dance Party, Classes, Workshops

KlezCalifornia Palo Alto: CONCERT and DANCE PARTY
Saturday April 29th, 8:00pm – 11:00pm, Cubberley Auditorium, ALSJCC,
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA.

KlezCalifornia will begin on Saturday night with Havdalah, leading into
a spectacular lineup concert with the California Klezmer/Red Hot
Chachkas All Stars with Heather Klein on vocals, and featuring the
internationally renowned Klezmer Band VERETSKI PASS – hip and heymish!
Then, this entire group of fabulous musicians will back up Steve
Weintraub, one of America’s top Yiddish Dance Masters, as he winds and
leads us through traditional, energetic, eastern European dances.
Check the web site for more details at
< General admission is $25,
students/seniors/ALSJCC members $20, children/teens (5-18) $5. For more
information, call 415-789-7679 or email


Longy School Famous Faculty Dumont Dies at 94

Long term Longy School of Music faculty member, Lily Dumont, died at the age of 94 at her home, March 6, 2006 in New Bedford, MA. Ms. Dumont was a concert pianist and teacher on the faculty of the Longy School for more than 40 years, and taught privately until around age 92. She was born in Berlin, the daughter of Jakob Dymont, a well-known Jewish synagogue music composer. Lily was famous in her own right before the second world war as a concert pianist, and had already played with many of the leading orchestras in Europe by the time of her departure during the Nazi regime in Germany. Via colleagues in the US, she made her way to New England, and eventually divided time between concertizing world wide, teaching and her family.…

International Klezmer Celebration in Safed in July

Classical, Jazz and Klezmer clarinetists from all over the world will meet in Safed, Israel, during the week of July 2-9, 2006 for instruction and concerts. .Master classes will be offered in classical and jazz clarinet and in klezmer style for all instruments. Classes will take place at various sites around the city of Sared. Nightly performances from students with a Gala Final Concert, coinciding with the 19th Annual Safed Klezmer Festival July 9-11. The full program is at The artistic director of the week of classes is Giora Feidman. A pdf announcement can be read by clicking here

Yiddish Operetta at HUC in May

Sunday, May 21, New York, NY
Hebrew Union College, 1 West 4th Street, New York, NY
will perform musical adaptations of the works of
I.L. Peretz and Sholem Aleichem,
Among the highlights in the program:
1) a rarely heard operetta, adapted from
MOTL PEYSI DEM KHAZNS (“Motl, Peysi the Cantor’s Son”),
Sholem Aleichem’s Eastern European equivalent to
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn

2) a stirring musical adaptation of Peretz’s classic short story,
OYB NIT NOKH HEKHER (“If Not Higher Still”)

3) selections from the new compact disc recorded by the JPPC,

Two performances on May 21L at 2:00 and 4:30pm

Julliard Celebrates Milton Babbitt’s 90th Birthday

Long time faculty member, Milton Babbitt’s 90th Birthday will be celebrated with a special concert on March 27 at 8pm at Paul Hall. Julliard faculty, alumni, and students will be joined by Joel Sachs and Continuum for an all Babbitt program. Featured works include Beaten Paths (1988), Melismata (1982), Manifold Music (1995), Concerto piccolino (1999) and More Melismata (2005). Artists will include Thomas Kolor, marimba, violinist William Harvey, organist Gregory D’Agostino and vibaphonist, Thomas Kolor. Christopher Gross, cello and Lucy Shelton, soprano, Cheryl Seltzer and Joel Sachs, pianists. Tickets are required and will be available on March 13 at the Julliard Box Office located at 60 Lincoln Center Plaza. Julliard Box Office hours are M-F from 11am -6pm. For further information call 212-769-7406 or go to