Monthly Archives: May 2006

New Faces Old Souls and more CDs Released

Leah Epstein is a song writer living in Israel since making Aliya from Chicago in 1981. She lives on Moshav Keshet, an orthodox community in the Golan. Her Hebrew and English songs are wistful, and at the same time religious and personal. The music itself is heavily influenced from a ‘time capsule’ of American song from some 30 years ago, such as American folk, Carole King or Joni Mitchell. There are some highly personal songs, such as “Child of the Heights” dedicated to her son killed in a car accident, and other of her texts are more universally and politically themed. The CDs, Nof Mushlam (A Perfect View), and New Faces, Old Souls, are available at Moria Books and Music in the Old City and through…

Shostakovich at 100 Held in LA

Shostakovich at 100 – A Community Concert
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 at 8:00 p.m.
Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino 91436

Celebrating the centennial of Russia’s leading 20th century composer,
The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles (JMCLA) presents a free
community concert. Featuring special guest Joseph Dorfman, concert
pianist, composer, and Shostakovich scholar at Buchman-Mehta School of
Music (Tel Aviv University), the concert will showcase performances by
Barry Gold (cello), Mark Kashper (violin), David Kasap (accordion), Hila
(soprano), Alma Mora (mezzo-soprano), Mark Saltzman (tenor) and Neal Brostoff (piano). Dorfman will perform his “Trio, in Memoriam
Dimitri Shostakovich” (1976). Shostakovich’s “From Jewish Folk Poetry,”
op. 79 (1948), written at the height of Soviet cultural repression and
featuring Russian translations of Yiddish folk poetry, will also be

Rabbi Henkin releases Shirei Nefesh CD

Rabbi Yehuda Henkin from Jerusalem sent a copy of his new CD, Shirei Nefesh Yehuda, to JMWC. All the music is composed by Rabbi Henkin and sung by Yaron Bar. The rabbi has produced an album of singable and pleasant religious melodies with nice arrangements. Contact information is and FAX (02) 652-1473.

HaZamir Celebrates Landmark Concert

The Hazamir JHSC sends this newstory about a landmark concert held May 21 in New York City:
HaZamir: The International Jewish High School
Choir, broke new ground as it celebrated its bar mitzvah with a
Weekend Festival and Concert May 19-21st. Founder
and Director Matthew Lazar welcomed nearly
1,000 audience members in a concert that reached a
new height for the HaZamir movement. More
than 200 singers from choirs across the globe came
together in a unique blend of Shabbat, singing, and
synergy for an unparalleled weekend.

The Gala Concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall
featured two world premieres especially commisioned
for HaZamir by composers Nick Page and Meir

The concert also saw HaZamir
alumni from the past 13 years of the program
conducted by Cantor Charles Osborne.…

Music in Our Time

June 11, 2006 at 3:00pm
at the Center for Jewish History
A concert of music by contemporary Jewish composers. The music of Samuel Adler, Gerald Cohen, Miriam Gideon, Simon Sargon, and Mark Zukerman, will be performed by Sahan Arzruni, piano; Cantor Lawrence Avery, tenor; Eileen Clark, soprano; Ilana Davidson, soprano; Stephen Gosling, piano; Laura Leon, piano; Carol Wincenc, flute; Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano, and Dan Zhu, violin.
presented by AJHS and ASJM
15 West 16th Street, NYC
Admission: $12/$6 for AJHS


Wednesday, June 14, 2006 at 7:00PM
Annual Jack Calderon Memorial Concert
Admission: $18 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, ASF/SH and Museum members.
Buy tickets online at or call the Museum’s box office at 646-437-4202 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage — A Living Memorial to the Holocaust, 36 Battery Place in Lower Manhattan.

Shalshelet Second International Music Festival

Winning Composers Spanning the Globe Featured At Shalshelet s Second International Music Festival

CHEVY CHASE, MARYLAND — Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical
Music, announced the names of the 28 composers whose 36 compositions will be
presented during the Second International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music on
Sunday, June 11 at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, Maryland (8300
Meadowbrook Lane). The 7 p.m. concert will feature 15 of these liturgical works, and
the day-long Festival, beginning at 10 a.m., will showcase the remainder of the

Tickets: In advance concert only: $20; workshops & brunch: $30; concert and
workshops & brunch: $40. Purchase tickets: send a check payable to Shalshelet, PO
Box 15836, Chevy Chase, MD 20825 or At the door additional $5 for each event.

Nashir Features Yehezkel Braun works at Merkin Hall in NYC

On Sunday, June 18, at 8:00 pm, Nashir! The Rottenberg Chorale will present
its 30th annual concert at Merkin Concert Hall, 129 West 67th Street, New
York. The eclectic program features works by Israel Prize-winning composer
Yehezkel Braun as well as works of other composers from Renaissance to the
present. Tickets are $23 (preferred seating), $19 (general admission) and
$16 (seniors/students). For further information, contact Benjamin Gruder,
Choral Director, at or Merkin
Concert Hall (212-501-3330).


“The Jewish Year in Melody” is the theme for the 2006 Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival. There are several events happening at differnt venues and dates, including:
Wednesday, May 31, 2006
‘From Shabbat to the High Holy Days’
at the Pittsburgh Katz-JCC at 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 4, 2006
Tribute to Shlomo Carlebach
featuring Neshama Carlebach and her band
at Congregation Beth Shalom at 7:30 PM
Tuesday, June 6, 2006
Songs for the Seasons
at Rodeph Shalom Congregation at 8:00 PM

The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival is unique in its devotion to Jewish-themed classical music by Jewish composers and influenced by Jewish musical traditions. More information about the festival is available at:

Tickets can be ordered from ProArts Ticket Service


Toronto, Ontario: The high-energy female sextet Sisters of Sheynville
will be performing their upbeat Yiddish, English and original material
at the Al Green Theatre located in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community
Centre, Thursday May 25, 2006, at 8:30pm.
The Sisters are: Lenka Lichtenberg and Isabel Fryszberg (vocals), Fern Lindzon (vocals and piano), Kinneret Sagee (clarinet, Lorie Wolf (drums), and Rachel Melas (double bass).
Tickets are available $12 in advance and $15 at the door, Sun – Fri
(8:30am until evening hours) -from the Front Desk at the MNjcc, (Bloor & Spadina)
or at the door one hour before the performance.
Info Line at 416 924-6277 ext. 143 or email

Joel E. Rubin Presents at CJH

The Vladimir and Pearl Heifetz and Joseph Kremen Memorial Lecture
“More Famous than the Beatles: Klezmorim as Negotiators of Change in 19th and 20th century Poland”
Dr. Joel E. Rubin, Syracuse University
May 30, 2006 at 7:00pm
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16 Street
New York, NY 10011
Kovno Room
Please contact the CJH Theater Box Office
phone: (917) 606-8200


Eleonore Biezunski and The Klezmographers
will be performing at the Barbes this Sunday May 21st at 7:00pm
Featuring Pete Rushefsky – tsimbl; Samuel Maquin – clarinet; Eleonore
– fiddle and special guest Laurent d’Aumale – voice
BARBES is located 376 9th St. (corner of 6th Ave.) Park Slope, Brooklyn 718.965.9177

Psalmsensation: a multi-ethnic concert experience

The Zamir Chorale of Boston presents:
Psalmsensation: a multi-ethnic concert experience
Sunday, June 4, 2006, 7:30 pm, Sanders Theatre, Cambridge.
For tickets and program information:
or call 617/244-6333

Once again, Artistic Director Joshua Jacobson has worked his
programming magic. From romantic to rhythmic, from ancient to contemporary, psalms
— like you’ve never heard them before! Join Zamir for a transcendent evening
of psalm settings from Israel, France, the U.S., Morocco, Syria, Turkey, Italy,
Brazil, and featuring a rousing medley from African-American gospel traditions.

Cantorial Summer School Progressive Tradition 2006

The Sabbath in the Progressive Tradition
L’chu N’ran’nah L’Adonai – Come let us sing to the Eternal One!
A four-day intensive course for synagogue musicians, worship leaders, choir
directors, and all lovers of Jewish music.
Course Director, Cantor Josee Wolff (New York)
Sunday 18 June – Wednesday 21 June 2006
Daily 10.30am – 5.30pm
West London Synagogue, 33 Seymour Place, London, W1
Full rate: £165 students rate £120. Daily rate: £45
Registration and more details Tel: 020 8909 2445

Kavehoyz with Yuri Vedenyapan

The young Yiddish singer from Moscow, Yuri Vedenyapan, will
perform at the monthly Kavehoyz of the Congress for Jewish Culture on May 25, 2006.
Yuri is a graduate student in the Yiddish department at Columbia. The concert takes place at the
Congress, 25 E. 21st Manhattan, Admission: $8 includes coffee and cake.
Information: 212-505-8040.

KLEZMER-PARIS 2006 in July

The Parizer yidish-tsenter – Medem Bibliotek is pleased
to inform all lovers of Klezmer music, Yiddish song,
dance… and also junior musicians that, this year, our 4th
annual klezfest “KLEZMER-PARIS 2006” is going to be
held in Paris, July, 6 to 10.
Maison de la culture yiddish – Bibliothèque Medem
18, passage Saint-Pierre Amelot – 75011 PARIS –
Tél. : 00 33 1 47 00 14 00 / Fax : 00 33 1 47 00 14 47

Ensemble Meitar Summer Concerts

Amit Dolberg, pianist and the founder of the international ensemble for Israeli Contemporary Music and Jewish Clasical Music, Ensemble Meitar, announces some of their upcoming concerts.
22.6.2006 – ‘White Night’ Festival, Einav Center, Tel Aviv
1.7.2006 – Michelstadt, Germany
8.7.2006 – ‘New Sounds’, Israeli Composers League, Einav Center, Tel Aviv
For details, locations and times, see their website


The Center for Jewish Music of the Jewish Community Center of St.
Petersburg is proud to announce “KlezFest St. Petersburg 2006,” an
international seminar on the traditional music of Eastern European
Jewry, to be held June 17-22, 2006 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Klezmer Workshop with Jeff Warschauer

Free Open House Tuesday, May 16, 2006 from 7-9 PM
Followed by a 5-week session – Tuesdays – May 23, 30
and June 6, 13 and 20

Hands-On Workshop
– Study with an internationally recognized master instructor
– Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition
– Work in ensembles with other instrumentalists
– 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: $25 per session
Non-members $30 per session

For more information contact:

Lisa Stein
New York Regional Director
Workmen’s Circle
45 E.…

Jewish Cinema in Geneva

Ciné – Concert exceptionnel !
Le “Sound & Light Cinematic Duo”:
Merlin SHEPHERD: clarinettes & Polina SHEPHERD: piano
accompagne la projection de
films juifs d’Ukraine de 1910 à 1945
dimanche 21 mai 2006 à 18h15
à l’Aula du Collège des Colombières, route de St-Loup à Versoix.
Train depuis Genève (billet Unireso à 3 FS)
facilité de parking et d’accès aux personnes handicapées.

Les archives “Yuri Morozov” de Kiev recèlent les premières représentations
cinématographiques de la vie des Juifs d’Europe de l’Est. Films muets en noir et
blanc, documentaires, films de propagande ou à scénario, ils montrent la vie
quotidienne des Juifs d’Ukraine et décrivent leurs préoccupations morales,
religieuses et politiques au début du vingtième siècle sous un angle critique,
tragique ou comique. Beaucoup de ces films n’ont jamais été projetés en dehors
d’Ukraine et certains étaient censurés depuis plus de 80 ans.…

Los Angeles Jewish Symphony and More

Three upcoming events for folks in California are coming up with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony at the center of things. Starting next weekend is Event No. 1:

Shirat Hayam — Song of the Sea
A fundraiser for the Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue.
Saturday, May 13, 2006, 8:00 PM

Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue
24855 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA

An extraordinary event in our new synagogue featuring Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, Cantor
Mariana Gindlin & the MJC&S Choir in concert with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony
conducted by Dr. Noreen Green. Dessert reception to follow.

For tickets, call (310) 456-2178
General Admission $65; Sponsorship $1,800 and $1,000

A Tapestry of Jewish Music by Gerald Cohen

Sunday, May 7, 4:00 pm: Lawrenceville, NJ
Performance of V’higad’ta L’vincha (Passover Cantata)
A Tapestry of Jewish Music: Princeton Pro Musica, Frances Fowler
Slade, Music Director; and Sharim V’Sharot, Elayne Robinson Grossman,
Music Director.
Adath Israel Congregation, 1958 Lawrenceville Road, Lawrenceville NJ.
Pre-concert forum with conductors and composer 3 p.m., made possible
with a grant from Meet The Composer’s Creative Connections Fund.
For more events

Lazar Weiner’s Yiddish Art Songs Come to Life on New CD Release

The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music has released another CD. This one is “The Art of Yiddish Song” with 32 songs by Lazare Weiner. [8.559443]. You can read a complete discription released by the Milken Archive about the recording.
Often referred to as “America’s Jewish Schubert”, Weiner’s exquisite songs are a pinnacle of Yiddish art song (lider). This recording shows his mastery of craftsmanship, connection to the language, and complete immersion in the depths of meaning in Jewish culture. The performers are top drawer, and so the recording is a “must” for anyone interested in Yiddish art music, or generally in good lieder.

Max Stern’s Messer Marco Polo at New York City Opera VOX Showcase

VOX: Showcasing American Composers 2006
Produced by New York City Opera
Presented by the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University
566 LaGuardia Place (Washington Square Park South)
May 6 – 7, 2006
Sunday, MAY 7, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Stephen Andrew Taylor, Paradises Lost, libretto by Kate Gale
Max Stern, Messer Marco Polo

Directions to Skirball Center:
The Skirball Center is located at 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square Park South, within a few blocks of most subway lines, including West 4th St. (A, C, E, F, V, and S), 8th Street (N, R, W), Astor Place (6) and Christopher Street (1).