Yearly Archives: 2006

New Herman Berlinski CD from Milken Archive

Herman Berlinski: From the World of My Father [8.559446]

The Milken Archive of American Jewish Music has released a CD of four works for the synagogue and the concert hall by German-born, American composer and organist Herman Berlinski. These works reflect his rich, post-Romantic musical language, eclectic musical style, and depth of Jewish inspiration. This new disc complements the Milken Archive’s 2004 release of the composer’s Avodat Shabbat, a large-scale setting of the Sabbath evening liturgy according to the American Reform prayerbook. It brings to 45 the number of recordings released since the Milken Archive CD series was launched in September 2003.

KlezKanada has Started, So I’m on Vacation

9:15pm JMWC KlezKanada Blog here. Departing from the usual announcements, JMWC is creating a week of blogging from the wonderful and beautiful setting of KlezKanada, where I’m on vacation this week. Amazingly, they have internet connection this year, so I thought those who wish could can read what I’m doing on my summer vacation for a change.

Lucky me, my husaband and I are here at KlezKanada, –Leaving Boston…traveling through New Hampshire, Vermont and the Canadian border… where it was a relief that the holdup was not too long… on through the Montreal traffic, through the Laurentians and here at Camp B’nai B’rith. KlezKanada is getting an early start this evening with a cabaret starting right off the bat –candlelit checkered tablecloths, the whole thing–with some young singers… , “Papiroisson” is being sung with Michael Winograd accompanying Rena Herman, –who has a nice voice is setting a great mood for the crowd.…

Mikveh in Philly

Mikveh, Philadelphia, PA,
Saturday, October 28,2006, Mikveh at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia
One reader of JMWC says: ‘You’re not goin’ to get klezmer better’n this.’
‘Supergroup’ Mikveh features the top women in Klezmer, including renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, Klezmatics founder Alicia Svigals on fiddle, charismatic trumpeter Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, ethnic accordion wizard Lauren Brody and jazz bass phenomenon Nicki Parrott. Together, they rock out with sizzling dance music and riveting Yiddish/English songs, both ancestral and brand new.

ONE HEART: Music for the World in South Africa

A Benefit Concert for ORT South Africa, ONE HEART: Music for the World Celebrating Cross-Cultural Unity
This concert brings together brilliant musicians and songwriters from Jewish and African roots, to evoke and express our common humanity and to experience the wondrous unity within our amazing cultural diversity.
Afro-Judeo concert featuring outstanding musicians:

· Adama Kadmon, with Chanan Rosin, Johnny Sklar, Makhati Molekwa, Phosho Lebese. Afro-Judaic fusion featuring songs from their new “MAJUDA” CD.
·Ray Perkel with Friends, with Yochi Ress, Darrell Mordecai, Dan Palay, Mabaleng Moholo, featuring songs from the popular “New Journey” CD.
· Methapo Sounds, with Mabaleng Moholo, Dhumisani Khanye, Mosoeo Ketlele, Sowetan band playing inspirational world music.
·Ezra Altschuler and Chazak, songs to lift the soul.
·Avron Alter, songs from the depths.
· Shmueli Perkel, original Afro-Celtic penny whistle melodies.…

OCLC, the central catalog organization of most major college, university and public libraries, announces
the release of the new Web site.

This site—and a downloadable WorldCat search box you can easily add to
your Web site—opens the complete WorldCat database to the public, not
just the smaller data subsets utilized by Open WorldCat partner sites such
as Google, Yahoo! Search and others. builds on the success of
OCLC’s Open WorldCat Program that has elevated the visibility of library
materials on the open Web since the summer of 2003.

The main attraction of the new site is the WorldCat search box. Web users
can now search the entire WorldCat database with the method most familiar
to them: simple keywords. As in Open WorldCat, each linked result leads to
a “Find in a Library” information page.…

Jewish Festival In Providence Rhode Island

The City of Providence and Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island
are proud to sponsor the second ‘Lower Eastside comes to the Providence’
Jewish Festival
Sunday August 27 from 11:00 to 3:00 pm.
Featuring performances by:
The Fishel Bresler Klezmer Band
The Klezphonics
There will be Jewish food for sale, children activities, and a storyteller
and many booths.

The event will be held a the intersection of Hope Street and Blackstone Blvd.
For more information call the Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island.
401 861 8800
In case of rain the event will be held indoors at the Jewish Community Center
on Elmgrove Avenue.

Hadassah Helps Everyone

Editorial: It’s a rare day that the Jewish Music WebCenter veers off the topic of music, but given the events in Israel this past month, there is the urgent need. Hadassah is an organization dedicated to healing. They treat all people who come to them. There are so many injured people from this terrible war. They need our help… so I’m linking to Hadassah’s national donation page. If you can help, take a web visit and make a generous donation. Since 1997, The Jewish Music WebCenter has operated without asking for any money– but today we do — and hope you can give to those who will really benefit. Thanks so much, Judy Pinnolis, JMWC Editor.

Chava Rachel, Neshama Carlebach and More Help Families in Jerusalem

Women are Raising their voices in Jerusalem,– many concerts happening that will help support the displaced families in Israel:

Motsei Shabbat, August 12th at 9:30pm
Chava Rachel in Concert
Fundraiser for Tzfat families
11 Rechov Misgav L’dach, apt 3
Old City, Jerusalem
Suggested donation: “twice chai” – 36+ NIS… CDs are 50 NIS

Monday, August 14th
Neshama Carlebach in Concert
The Maabada – Jerusalem
Doors open 21:00
For more info, call 02-629200, 1-700700920
Also see

Monday, August 14th @ 8 pm
Calling all women!
Evening of original music and spoken word performed by women for women!
Yellow Submarine
Doors open at 8 pm, show begins @ 8:30pm
Tickets in advance:30 NIS
At the door: 40 NIS
Proceeds of ticket sales are being
donated to a women’s charity (to be announced at the show!)

Headliners includes: Aliza Chava!

Beth Schafer Wins American Idol Underground Faith-Based Category

Beth Schafer, a contemporary American Jewish music singer-songwriter, won the Faith-based category in a contest sponsored by American Idol Underground (the online extension of the popular TV series American Idol) on July 15, 2006. Primarily a venue for Christian religious song, Beth may have had the only Jewish entry. Her English language songs, Still Small Voice and Love Multiples won an elimination round of 10 from a field of over 600 songs, and then went on to win by a popularity vote, with the public voting on their favorites. Both of these songs are from Beth’s newest CD “The Quest and the Question”, released in December, 2005. Beth is a cantorial singer with Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo, FL. For more information on Beth and her work visit: or call 407-342-2027.…

New Shabbos Waltz by David Grisman and Andy Statman

A new CD by instrumentalists David Grisman and Andy Statman called ‘ New Shabbos Waltz ‘ is now available.
Years ago Grisman and Statman were highly successful with their first
CD, “Songs of Our Fathers.” This is the first release they’ve done together since then of a CD of Jewish Music.
FROM THE BOOKLET: “Although this is an instrumental album, the majority of
the original songs alternate between the twin themes of shabbos and Jerusalem,
which are closely related. Jewish mystics state that what Shabbos is in time,
Jerusalem is in space.” Selections include; Avinu Malkeinu, Anim Zemiros, Pischu Li, Shabbos Ha Yom
La Shem, Ya’Aleh, Old Klezmer, Yerushalyim Shel Zahav, Ani Ma’amin, Lekha Dodi,
and more. CD available through many vendors, including Hatikvah Music, Contact: (323) 655-7083.…

A JOURNEY OF SPIRIT comes to Massachusetts

Even while you and the family enjoy the sun and surf of Cape Cod, you can learn something about Jewish music. Next month on August 12, 2006, Ann Coppel, producer of “A Journey of Spirit,” a documentary about Debbie Friedman, will show the documentary in Hyannis, MA at Cape Cod Synagogue. Check the synagogue website for more info:

A JOURNEY OF SPIRIT has been traveling the country, coast to coast, the past
couple of months including screenings in Minneapolis at Shir
Tikvah, the Manhattan JCC (which Debbie attended to lead the post-film discussion), Falmouth
Jewish Congregation in Massachusetts and Beth Am in Los Altos Hills, California. Now it’s returning to Cape Cod and you can see it there August 12.
Call for time and more information.…

The Young Composers Award Competition

The Guild of Temple Musicians Announces
The Young Composers Award

The requested 2007 work is a set of 3 pieces performable as separate
pieces OR as a unit, with or without narrator. The work should be 10-12
performing minutes for cantor, SATB volunteer choir, piano and a single
instrument obligato (i.e., flute, violin, violoncello or other
instrument approved by chair before submission). The work should be in
Hebrew, using texts from Jewish liturgy, Bible, Jewish poetry or prose,
or a combination of the foregoing.

Deadline: Friday, January 5, 2007 (postmarked).
Eligibility: Jewish composers from any country born on or after January 1, 1972.
Scores submitted to: Chairman Ben Steinberg, Composer-in-Residence, Temple
Sinai Congregation 210 Wilson Avenue, Toronto, ONTARIO M5M 3B1 CANADA.
TEL.: (416) 487-4161. FAX: (416) 487-5499.…

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, live in Somerville!!

Alicia Svigals, violin
With Mimi Rabson, violin
Jim Guttman, bass
Pete Rushefsky, tsimbl

Thursday Aug 3, 9 p.m.
Johnny D’s
17 Holland St, Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144, (617) 776-2004

Before the big klezmer bands of the new world arose with their brass and
drums, there were the archetypical Jewish orchestras of the old world, led by
the fiddle and bourne aloft by the otherworldy sounds of the harp-like
‘tsimbl’, or Jewish hammered dulcimer. Renowned violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder
of the Klezmatics and one of the world’s foremost klezmer fiddlers, presents a program
of those ancient and ecstatic Jewish melodies, accompanied by the scene’s
top players on fiddle, tsimbl and string bass: Mimi Rabson, Pete Rushefsky and
Jim Guttman.

Telophaza by Bat Sheva Company at Lincoln Center Festival

Thursday July 20; Friday, July 21; and Saturday July 22, 2006
8:00pm at New York State Theater
“Telophaza” was choreographed by Batsheva’s artistic director, Ohad Naharin.
Israel’s Emanuel Gat Dance Company will be performing Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring as part of the Festival as well Saturday July 15, 2006
9:00pm at LaGuardia Concert Hall.< br/>
Check the Lincoln Center website for more information:

Nine Luminaries of Jewish Liturgical Song published by Klezmershack

Cantor Sam Weiss has published a series of articles called “Nine Luminaries of Jewish Liturgical Song” on the Klezmershack.
This articles outline biographical sketches of some famous cantors along with song leaders –all together “the biographies tell the story of how the role of cantor in American public life has changed over the century, and of the new musical influences on the Shaliach Tsibur leading traditional prayers.”

Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism

Sunday 16th July 6pm – 1am
Radio Gagarin: Experiments in Sunday Socialism
Notting Hill Arts Club, 21 Notting Hill Gate, London W12
6pm – 1a.m. £5.

After a run of successive roadblocks, Radio Gagarin is back with the latest
in a series of regular Gypsy Balkan Russian Klezmer mash-ups at the NHAC.

The Commissar continues to pledge exclusive new music from your hosts the
Gagarin Allstars, plus special guests, internationally renowned, Mama Matrix
with Daz Dolczech, poetry from Tim Cumming, performance from Friends of
Gagarin, Marxist-Leninist alienation from art/animation/video installations
for the Proletariat from state artists Adrian Philpott & Cathy Gale; frozen
vodka & rakiya galore and resident DKs (Dancefloor Komissars) Max Reinhardt
& Misha Maltsev sweating it out in the Gypsy Diskoteka til’ the road of
excess has led us to the place of wisdom.…

Women musicians Needed

Yoheved Friedland, (, a Jewish woman songwriter in N. Miami Beach, Florida would like to create a Jewish women’s musical group with other singers and songwriters. Please contact her if you would like to join this sort of women’s music ensemble. Please contact her directly at the email address.

Leeds Hopkele

Hopkele III – the summer Klezmer Keilidh

Whether you’re in London or Leeds you can dance the summer night away to
live klezmer music–
Leeds Hopkele
When? Wednesday 12 July. Doors open 7.15pm
What? Yiddish barn dance with Steven Weintraub calling
Where? Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre, 311 Stonegate Road, Leeds
LS17 8AZ (no. 71 bus)
Tickets? £9/£7 concs. Call Tracy Bickler on 0113 218 5824 or

Jewish National and University Library Digitized Books includes Song Books

The Jewish National and University Library’s Digitized Books
Repository continues to grow and now contains 340 titles of rare and
out-of-print books.
Among the items added this week:
mi-zimrat ha-arets : American national songs in Hebrew / [translated by
Gerson Rosenzweig] (New York, 1898) which contains the songs: “America,
or My country tis of thee” (le-artsenu mizmor shir), “Columbia, the
gem of the ocean (adom, lavan u-tekhelet), and “The Star spangled
banner” (degel ha-kokhavim), along with notes for singing them in

The Digital Repository can be accessed via the Library homepage at:
or directly at:

It may be noted that this software to view the items works in Internet Explorer, but won’t work with Mozilla or Firefox browsers.…


Brookline, MA–Sunday, July 9, 2006
7:30 pm
Temple Beth Zion (TBZ),
1566 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA
Advance tickets: $10
At the door: $12
For more info please contact Noam at
To purchase tickets in advance please call Eran at 617.216.4879 or email

Traverse the deserts of the Middle East, the mountains of northern India, and the warm waters of the Mediterranean with Eliyahu Sills and his Qadim Ensemble. The group and their music bring ancient musical traditions to a contemporary audience, allowing for a musical dialogue between the different cultures. The group performs instrumental pieces as well as songs with words in Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Farsi and Ladino.

Qadim is a word found both in Hebrew and Arabic meaning “ancient past” and “that which precedes” as well as “forward movement” and “that which will come.” The band is aptly named as their ancient and timeless music bridges cultures from throughout the near east, such as Mizrakhi, Sephardic and Ashkenazi, with Arabic, Turkish, Persian and north Indian.…


Sat Jun 24
(Anat Fort, piano, composer; Michel Gentile, flute; Roland Schneider, drums)
Piano, Flute, Percussion/Drums?! Yes. This is the world premiere for a
new project with Michel Gentile and Roland Schneider. Tunes by all three. Lots of free playing in different configurations. Sounds from Israel, Canada, Germany. Anat is very excited about collaborating with Michel, one of
the most unique flute players around. And, of course, Roland has been the
drummer of choice in her trio for many years. And when the three
get together…you have to hear it.
9:00PM & 10:30PM
Cover $10

29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York 212-989-9319
between West 4th and Bleecker Sts, Greenwich Village
1,9 Subway to Sheridan Square; A, C, E, B, D, F to West 4th St.…

A Musical Tour of the East European Jewish World

Zalman Mlotek, director of the Folksbiene Yiddish Theater, and his actors
will present a sampler of Yiddish music and theater, during a lecture and
performance entitled, A Musical Tour of the East European Jewish World , on
Wednesday, June 28, from 7pm to 8:30pm as part of a 3 day program on Eastern European Jewish history and Yiddish culture.

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research will sponsor a unique
three-day educational training program in Eastern European Jewish history and
Yiddish culture (EPYC), beginning Tuesday, June 27 through Thursday June 29, 2006,
at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th St., New York City). The EPYC
Educators Seminar will introduce lead educators to YIVO’s wealth of cultural
treasures and educational resources. Thanks to major funding by the Conference on
Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Inc., a broad group of educators from the
United States, Canada, Mexico, Lithuania and Israel will participate in a series of
lectures and workshops presented by renowned scholars.…

Joshua Nelson at Congregation Kol Ami

Congregation Kol Ami is sponsoring Joshua Nelson, the acclaimed Black
Jewish singer of Hebrew Religious Gospel Music. The concert is Sunday, July 30 at
3:00 PM (pre-concert program at 2:30 PM) at Thorne Auditorium, 750 North Lake Shore
Drive, Chicago, IL. It’s $45 for teens and adults and $20 for children 13 and
under. Call 312-664-4475 or e-mail for tickets or more information.

Hazzan Israel Alter’s Music Now Available on CD

At long last the music of Hazzan Israel Alter is available on CD. Lois Welber recently released her cantorial CD, “Prayers of the High Holy Days: Shomeah Tefillah”. (Shomeah Tefillah – “…Who hears prayer” from Hineni) featuring the music of Hazzan Israel Alter. The CD focuses on music from “The High Holy Day Service” and “The Selichot Service” published by the Cantors Assembly. The original musical accompaniment is arranged by organist/composer Ernest Rakhlin and with pianist David Sparr. There is also one song included by Israel Goldfarb, “B’Sefer Chayim” (from Shirei T’shuvah –991900), which score is available through Transcontinental Music Publications.

These renditions are all sung with Welber’s strong mezzo-soprano in dedication to the 100th anniversary celebration of Temple B’Nai Israel in Revere, Massachusetts, where she has been cantor since 2000.…

4th New York International Choral Festival

Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus <, a Yiddish Chorale, is included in the International Choral Festival
Monday, June 19th
Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center
W. 65th Street
New York City

Abyssinian Baptist Church Combined Choirs
A-Jung Kayaguem Ensemble Chorus
‘Han-Yu-Hoe’ of Korea Highbridge Voices
Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus Overseas
Chinese Childrens Chorus Sound of Korea

Ruby Harris at Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Festival

Greater Chicago Jewish Folk Festival
Many greater bands all day, plus art, greater food, activism, crafts and a greater festival.
Sunday, June 11
5pm,Ruby Harris Band, Cook County Forest Preserve, (Oakton w. of Lehigh)
And later that nite…Blues fest weekend (later and greater)
9pm, Ruby Harris Electric Violin Blues Band at Dukes, 6920 Glenwood (near Morse L)

Follow your Drummer. Habrera Hativeet in Boston

Habrera Hativeet, featuring Shlomo Bar
co-presented by The Boston Jewish Film Festival and the Museum of Fine
Arts, Boston (MFA)
If you’ve never seen this group, you owe yourself a treat next week. **Highly recommended** by JMWC.
So follow the drummer this summer on Sunday, June 18, 1PM, Remis Auditorium

Habrera Hativeet fuses together artists with authentic Sephardic,
African, Indian and Middle Eastern roots, time-honored songs from
Andalusian Spain, Yemen, and Morocco, Hasidic chants from Eastern
Europe, and contemporary Israeli poetry. Their music bridges time,
cultures, and mindsets in Israel and beyond. The group’s website can
be found at

Tickets are $20 for MFA and Boston Jewish Film Festival members,
students, and seniors; $25 general admission. Front-of-house tickets
(guaranteed general admission seating within the first three rows) are
$25 discounted and $30 general admission.…

You Get Another Chance in Boston to See It

Boston, you will be delighted because there’s another chance to catchA Cantor’s Tale
I’ve seen it, and it’s wonderful. You’ll be humming cantorial music when you leave. No, really, you will.
It’s screening as part of The Boston Jewish Film Festival: Encores (series runs through July 6 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)
A Cantor’s Tale
Sun, Jun 18, 4 pm
Thu, Jun 22, 6 pm
A Cantor’s Tale by Erik Greenberg Anjou (2005, 95 min.). A joyous,
crowd-pleasing documentary, A Cantor’s Tale pays loving tribute to the
“golden age” of chazzanut, the celebrated art of cantorial music.
Brooklyn-born Cantor Jacob “Jackie” Mendelson traces the American
origins of Jewish liturgical music back to the vibrant culture of
1950’s Brooklyn, when the great cantors of New York had chart-topping
records and were idolized almost like rock stars.…

Songs of Social Consciousness

Helene Williams, soprano with Leonard Lehrman, piano and Charles Osborne, vocalist present Songs of Social Consciousness featuring the music of Lehrer, Lehrman, Blitzstein, the Berrymans and Mozart on Sunday, June 11, 2006 at 11am at the Community Church of Boston, 565 Boylston Street, Boston, MA. Info 617-266-6710.

Live Music at Museum Mile Festival at the Jewish Museum

Metropolitan Klezmer Octet
Tuesday, June 13th
Museum Mile Festival at the Jewish Museum
6pm-9pm FREE!! & outdoors (if weather permits, or in museum auditorium).
The Jewish Museum
Fifth Ave @ 92nd St, NYC
Info: 212-423-3200 or
Rain or shine… full eight-piece band
Latest photos at EPK:
Contact Eve Sicular at
This is Metropolitan Klezmer’s eleventh consecutive year playing for The
Jewish Museum at this annual event which transforms Fifth Avenue into a car-free
cultural promenade for the evening, each second Tuesday in June — with
admission to all museums FREE! We will perform various very new pieces and original
arrangements of traditional and farflung music, from Yiddish sources and
~Ismail Butera, accordion
~Brian Drye, trombone
~Pamela Fleming, trumpet & fluegelhorn
~Michael Hess, violin & ney flutes
~David Hofstra, bass & tuba
~Deborah Karpel, vocals
~Debra Kreisberg, clarinet & alto saxophone
~Eve Sicular, drums & bandleader…

ASEFA in Park Slope

Asefa is playing in Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thursday, June 8, 9pm
The Tea Lounge, NYC
837 Union St. (btw 6/7 aves)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Subway: Q/B to 7ave or 2/3 to Grand Army Plaza.
Asefa includes Samuel Thomas on woodwinds and percussion, Noah
Jarrett on upright bass, Eric Platz on drums and David Buchbut on

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).

Yehudi Wyner wins the Pulitzer Prize

Yehudi Wyner, composer and faculty member at Brandeis for many years until
his recent retirement, won the Pulitzer Prize in music yesterday for his
piano concerto ”Chiavi in mano.” The concerto was premiered in Boston at
the Boston Symphony Orchestra concert last year. Wyner is the first
Boston-based composer to win for a BSO work since Walter Piston in 1948.

Wyner is the son of Lazar Weiner, and is a well known composer in the Boston
area and internationally. Yehudi was born in 1929 in Calgary, Alberta, but
grew up in NYC. He studied at Julliard, Yale (with Richard Donovan and Paul
Hindemith), and Harvard (with Walter Piston). In 1953, he won the Rome Prize
in Composition. He taught at Yale from 1963-77, and served as head of the
composition faculty there.…

SP!EL @ the Hampstead Theatre London

Sunday 23rd April 7pm – 11pm
Tracy Ann Oberman, Maureen Lipman, David Aaronovitch, Norman Lebrecht, Max
Wigram and more…
SP!EL @ the Hampstead Theatre and the new Jewish Community Centre for London
Hampstead Theatre, Eton Avenue Swiss Cottage, NW3 3EU
Price: £12 /£11 concessions
Book on 0207 722 9301 or online at

At SP!EL, four guests including Maureen Lipman, Tracy Ann Oberman, Norman
Lebrecht and Max Wigram with host David Aaronovitch will chew the fat over
contemporary cultural events, surrounded by sneak live previews of new
albums, plays, performance and books by visiting bands, actors and
contemporary dancers.

We will feature a performance from Three Admirers, a newly commissioned
piece from the works of Isaac Bashevis Singer, adapted by the award-winning
Samuel Adamson and directed by Mark Rosenblatt plus dj Max Reinhardt in the
bar after the show.…

Liderman “Aires de Sefarad” CD Released

Albany Records has just released “Aires de Sefarad” (Airs from Spain). It is a
cycle of 46 works,an hour of music written for the violin and guitar
ensemble-Duo46 by award winning composer Jorge Liderman. The music is based loosely on 500-year old Jewish music from around the Mediterranean. After a 2003 visit to Spain
and walking through the Jewish quarter in Cordoba, Liderman was inspired to write these works.
Albany Records “Aires de Sefarad”, Albany Records TROY-829,can be purchased at
retail record stores or online. For information about Duo46 and Jorge
Liderman visit websites and

21st Zimriya World Assembly of Choirs in Israel

It’s a ways away… in July 30-August 9, 2007, but your group may be interested in preparing now for the World Assembly of Choirs in Israel. to be held on Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, Israel. Well known conductors will lead the workshops. The Zimriya, which was found in 1952, takes place every 3 years. There are choirs expected to attend from all over the world. You can express an interest in attending by September 15, 2006, or find out more information by contacting or writing to ZIMRIYA, 4, Aharonowitz Street, Tel Aviv 63 566, Israel or visit the website at Individual singers age 18-35 interested in attending the international choir workshop and concert conducted by Michael Gohl (Switzerland) can contact

San Diego Jewish Music Festival

The 7th Annual Jewish Music Festival will take place in San Diego, California throughout the month of May.
Violinist Zina Schiff in Recital: Music Played in Terezin, Monday, May 15, 7:30pm
Varian Fry Assignment: Rescue, May 15–June 4
FATHOM: The Body as Universe, Partner’s Celebration Performance, Thursday, May 18 @ the Stephen and Mary Birch North Park Theatre
Celebrating Shostakovich, Celebrating Shostakovich Wednesday, May 24, 7:30pm
Danny Maseng: Wasting Time with Harry Davidowitz, Saturday, May 27, 8:00pm
Cuarteto Latinoamericano, Cuarteto Latinoamericano Tuesday, May 30, 7:30pm
Klezmer in the Park at the Organ Pavilion, Balboa Park, Thursday, June 22, 6:15pm
For more information, visit the festival website at

Devora Gila in Concert

Devora Gila presents a benefit concert for Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin
Saturday night, April 8 at 8:15pm
Bat Ayin, Gush Etzion
Also featuring Guest Choreographer/Dancer Yocheved Polanski from Cli Institute of Dance, A Judaic Dance and Arts Program for Women and Girls (Ohio, USA)
Donation requested: 15 NIS

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