Yearly Archives: 2007

Jewish Music Festival to be at Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam

From May 9-12, 2008, Amsterdam’s new
concert hall, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, will host the premiere of the
International Jewish Music Festival in its new format. The main event
of the festival will be a 3-day Competition for Jewish music ensembles.

For the first time ever, a jury of international Jewish music experts
will judge a competition for musicians and ensembles with a goal of
an international career focusing on Jewish music. This includes folk,
pop, klezmer, classical, and liturgical music, and music by Jewish
composers with clearly discernible Jewish elements.

Contestants are welcome from all countries and do not need to be
Jewish, but must be 16 years or older. Registration forms & more
information are now available online:

The jury will include leading figures from the music and recording
industry including Peter van der Heyden (Universal Music) and Frank
London (The Klezmatics).…

Triple Bill at Jewish Cafe

Merkavah, Simha Kanter and Yehudah Kaplan.
Saturday, December 29, 8:15, $12

Merkavah (mystical kabalistic chariot)…presents their debut CD from the Hasidic New Orleans Funky Jam Band.
Led by Yerachmiel Altizio, electric guitar virtuoso. For more info on Yerachmiel:

Yehudah Kaplan played piano, guitar and organ on “Judy Collins Sings Bob Dylan” for Geffen Records.
He’s considered one of the best singer-songwriters by JM in the AM. For more info on Yehudah:

Simha Kanter writes infectious dance melodies. Find out more at

Miriam Ahuvat-El(Ohevet-El) Iron CDs

Miriam Ahuvat-El(Ohevet-El) Iron

Miriam is Jerusalemite singer and song-writer, the descendant of a Hassidic family from Karlin who arrived from White Russia to Israel as early as 1846.
She has published a CD, Hassidic Shabbath Songs and Nigunim of Karlin.Many of these Chasidic tunes were, according to tradition, “passed down through the generations, from the time of the great Hassidic Rebe, Reb Araleh Hagadol of Karlin, who was part of the circle of the Baal Shem Tov.” Miriam has also published a CD of her songs “Miriam Ahuvatel sings Psalms”, which appeared at the Shalshelet competition. “Ways of Peace” is another CD. Miriam has put her CDs for sale on CD-baby Miriam’s CDs dress the melodies in some modern garb, including jazz and modern American musical elements.…

Zamir Choral 13th Annual Open Sing

The Zamir Choral Foundation’s 13th Annual Open Sing
Tuesday, December 25, 2007, 1-3 PM
JCC in Manhattan, 334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.

Featuring Matthew Lazar and guest conductors Zalman Mlotek and Natasha Hirschhorn

Share in the joy of singing Jewish choral music, including Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus,
at the Annual Zamir Choral Foundation Open Sing takes place December 25, 2007, from
1-3 PM at the JCC in Manhattan. Open to all!
$12 for JCC Members and Zamir Choral Foundation Members
$18 for non-members
For more info, contact the Zamir Choral Foundation at (212) 870-3335

Hanukkah Happens XVIII

The Brotherhood of Temple Emanuel, Newton, is proud to present
Cantorial and Choral Masterpieces
Cantor Elias Rosemberg
with the Zamir Chorale of Boston and the Zamir Festival Orchestra
Dr. Joshua Jacobson, Conductor
Monday, December 24, 2007, 7:30 PM
Temple Emanuel, 385 Ward St., Newton, MA.
Concert admission (open seating): Adults $25; Children under 13 $15
Proceeds to benefit American Friends of Magen David Adom.
For information and tickets visit; or call: 617-965-2468

Elena Kats-Chernin Celebratory Concert in Sydney

I owe a debt of gratitude to an alert reader for giving me this URL of a concert of the music of Elena Kats-Chernin, a well known composer in Australia. Having listened to this concert, it is clear she is a composer everyone needs to learn about, be alert to, and hear the music. You can hear the concert on Australian ABC classic musical station .Scroll down to the program “Saturday 24 November 2007
Elena Kats Chernin at 50”. You should listen soon, as we don’t know how long the music will be available online.
Details on pieces played below.

Czechs Turn Out for Jews and included Music

This item caught our attention. Good People supporting each other against hate and rage.
And music as well as marching played a part.

PRAGUE (JTA) – With several hundred neo-Nazis preparing to descend
upon Prague’s Jewish quarter for a brazen march on the anniversary of
Kristallnacht, Prague’s small Jewish community found some unusual
allies: anarchists, a Muslim leader and thousands of non-Jewish

On a freezing Sabbath afternoon that marked the 69th anniversary of
the Night of Broken Glass, the neo-Nazis got the boot in the Czech
capital — literally, in some cases.

Thousands of Czechs filled the streets Saturday to protest the
neo-Nazis in an unusually large and emotional show of solidarity with
the country’s Jews that in some cases turned violent. . .

Only about 1,500 Jews live in Prague, but some 3,000 to 4,000
demonstrators turned out for the day’s events.…

News: Zamir Choral Performed At White House

Zamir Choral Performed At White House
On Monday evening, December 10, 2007, the Zamir Chorale, under the direction of
Matthew Lazar, entertained President and Mrs. Bush, Attorney General Michael Mukasey,
Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff and a select group of additional guests
at the annual White House Hanukkah celebration .Cantor Alberto Mizrahi was featured
,br /
The Chorale appeared at the candle lighting ceremony which was led by Ruth and Judea
Pearl, parents of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl.
Later, at a lavish East Room reception, Zamir sang four more selections. Judea Perl
joined the choir in performing the final number for all in attendance.
The President was most gracious, shaking the hand of every member of the choir and
even taking a moment to share some words with Matthew Lazar.…

Fishel Bresler’s Klezmer Hassidic Ensemble

Fishel Bresler’s Klezmer Hassidic Ensemble will perform again this year on
December 24th – Monday, 7:30 PM
at Congregation Ohawe Shalom Coffee
House, Pawtucket RI.
671 East Ave in Pawtucket (corner of Glenwood, nr where Blackstone meets
Hope St)
Doors open 7:00PM $10 adults, $7 children (under B-Mitzvah).
You can be a Sponsor &
get Tickets for Front Rows Seating – available only in advance-
email or call 273-9814 for information
Kosher hot dogs, snacks & beverages will be on sale.
questions? 401 273-9814

Gustav Mahler Recital in Washington Jan 7

Gustav Mahler Recital, Hermine Haselböck, mezzosoprano
Washington January 7 and New York City January 9 and 13, 2008

The young Austrian Mezzosopran, whose International recital
and concert performances have led her to Carnegie Hall – New
York, Musikverein Vienna, Konzerthaus Vienna, Concertgebouw
Amsterdam, Frauenkirche Dresden and the Teatro San Carlo
Naples as well as to festivals such as the Styriarte, KlangBogen
Vienna, Wiener Festwochen, Kunstfest Weimar, MDR
Musiksommer Leipzig, Easterfestival of sacred Music in Brno and
the Haydnfestival Eisenstadt, will perform Recitals with G.
Mahler: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen, Kindertotenlieder und
Rückertlieder (Russell Ryan, piano) on 7. January 2008 in the Austrian Cultural
Forum – Washington DC and on 9th and 13th January
2008 in the Austrian Cultural Forum – New York City. Tickets
Austrian Cultural Forum,
11 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022
phone: 212 319 5300, fax: 212 644 8660, and

Austrian Cultural Forum,
Embassy of Austria,
3524 International Court,
N.W.Washington, D.C.…

Zamir Boston special continues through Dec 31

Zamir Chorale of Boston sends this message about their recordings:
All Zamir Chorale of Boston
recordings on sale
Through December 31, 2007
Compact Discs: regularly $15, now $10
Cassettes: regularly $10, now $5
Ten-CD gift set: regularly $118, now
Choose from the outstanding
performances by “America’s foremost Jewish
(American Record Guide)
Lights: Music for Chanukah
Zamir: Greatest Hits
Seasons of Our Joy
Soul of the Sabbath
The Monster and the Nightingale
Jewish Composers in America

Click HERE
go directly to our website,
which now
Bring the beauty of Jewish choral
into your home for Chanukah and all occasions!

Regular shipping charges
Zamir recordings are also available
for digital download.
Go to iTunes
or oySongs
and search for Zamir.…

Chicken Soup for the Ears in London

Chicken Soup for the Ears –
Sunday 9 December, Sunday 13 January, Sunday 10 February, 1- 4pm

Come and join the London Klezmer Collective’s second-Sunday jam at the Cross
Kings, between 1 and 4pm.
The capital’s regular klezmer session has found a home at the Cross Kings
pub. While you’re playing or listening, eat lunch, have a coffee, booze,
shmooze or just relax in the deep sofas and convivial atmosphere of this
great central London pub. There might even be a bit of dancing and singing…
Out-of-towners particularly welcome!

Klezmer, the celebratory and soulful music of the Jews of eastern Europe, is
the flavour of the month. Anyone interested in playing or listening to
klezmer is welcome to come along; no experience is necessary. Join skilled
professionals, keen amateurs, home-grown talent and perhaps even some
international visitors.…

Come Light the Lights for Free

Some readers may be interested in a new original song for Hannukah that’s available for free online. The link was sent to me by an anonymous person who claims not to be a professional musician. She wrote the song for her kids in American pop style. It’s at You have to “search” for “artist” name “Hannukah”. The song is called “Come Light The Light” and can be played or downloaded without charge. You be the judge.

Shir Chadash

Shir Chadash:
The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus
directed by Natasha Hirschhorn

Not by Might, but by Spirit
A musical celebration of Chanukah

Enjoy classical selections by Mussorgsky
and Handel, Chanukah liturgy in exquisite
settings, and holiday favorites, old and new
with surprise guest artists

Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Children under 13 admitted free

Saturday, December 1st at 7:45PM
East Midwood Jewish Center
with Chazzan Sam Levine and the EMJC choir
1625 Ocean Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230
This concert made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the
In Kings County, the Decentralization Program is administered by the Brooklyn Arts
Council, Inc. (BAC)

For more information, or to reserve tickets, please call 718-338-3800 or email

Sunday, December 9th at 5PM
Kings Bay YM-YWHA
3495 Nostrand Avenue (between Avenues U and V), Brooklyn, NY 11229 This concert is
sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Development Fund of the New York City
Department of Cultural Affairs administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.…

Statman Chanukicks- It -Off

This December, celebrate this season with festive holiday music for the whole
family. On Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. Celebrate Hanukkah with the Andy Statman
Trio. Playing a unique blend of klezmer, rock, folk, and jazz. Statman has worked
with musical legends Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan, and was a lead musician on Itzhak
Perlman’s klezmer sensation, In the Fiddler’s House. Unable to categorize his
music, Statman offers this description to listeners: “It’s deeply Jewish because I
am, and it’s honest because I am.” Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15

On December 25th join Joshua Nelson and his Kosher Gospel Choir
for Challah-lujah with performances at 1 PM & 3:30 PM. Performing to sold-out crowds
at the Museum for two years in a row, Joshua Nelson is back for another spectacular
set of shows.…


YIVO Institute presents:
Tuesday, November 27th at 7pm
Venue: YIVO (at the Center for Jewish History), 15 West 16th Street, NYC
TKTS: $20/$10 students with I.D./
Box Office:

In their only New York concert this winter, The Klezmatics will perform
music drawn from their 2007 Grammy award-winning CD Wonder Wheel –
Lyrics by Woody Guthrie, YIVO’s Max and Frieda Weinstein Sound Archives
and their vast repertoire. Whether in English or Yiddish, their music
is irresistible, eclectic, provocative and danceable, embracing klezmer
and blending multi-cultural sounds.

Free Pre-Concert Program
A conversation with members of The Klezmatics about their creative
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (For Ticket Holders Only)


VENDREDI 23 novembre à 20 h 00
Centre paroissial de Chêne – 77, rte de Genève
Concert avec
Bianca Favez, violon
Pier-Yves Têtu, accordéon
Michel Borzykowski, saxophones
David Morhain, percussions
et la chanteuse
Hélène ENGEL
Entrée libre – collecte
Organisation : Accademia d’Archi – école de musique
022 751 26 76

Festival of Lights will ignite 200 voices in Manhattan

Over 200 adults and children will celebrate
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, in concert, 3 P.M., Sunday, December
9, 2007 as Congregation Rodeph Sholom of Manhattan hosts its unique,
multigenerational Festival of Choirs. The eighth annual concert will
feature cantors and their volunteer adult and children’s choirs from all
over the New York metropolitan area. This year, the first night of
Chanukah is Friday, December 4, 2007.

A Festival of Choirs is free of charge and open to the entire community.
Congregation Rodeph Sholom is located at 7 West 83rd Street off of
Central Park West in Manhattan. For more information about this
concert, please call (212) 362-8800, ext. 1337.

“Chanukah is a wonderful time to bring together in song the young and
young-at-heart,” according to Congregation Rodeph Sholom’s Senior
Cantor, Rebecca Garfein.…


Kasteel Tongelaar, Mill

zondag 28 oktober 2007

Di Fidl-Kapelye

Voor het programma en meer informatie zie ommezijde.
Vanaf 14.00 uur kunt u de reservering afhalen in Boerderij “De Benedenhof”.
Hier staat de koffie, thee en Tongelaarkoek voor u klaar.
Om 15.00 uur begint het concert en zal, met een pauze, tot circa 16.30 uur duren.
In de pauze kunt u tegen inlevering van een Tongelaarpenning een drankje verkrijgen in de Herenkamer van Kasteel Tongelaar. Tevens kunt u dan de expositie bezoeken van
Tineke Winters-Teijen-schilderijen
Tanya Simons-schilderijen
Bob de Winter-schilderijen
Raymund Bervoets-beelden
Evenals de andere zondagmiddagconcerten wordt ook dit concert met een verrassingsdiner afgesloten.

De prijs per persoon voor dit concert is € 20,00 inclusief koffie/thee en Tongelaarkoek bij de ontvangst.…

‘Kamti Lehallel’ from Beth Hatefutsoth

‘Kamti Lehallel’ (I Rise in Praise) a Double CD album has been released from Beth Hatefutsoth
featuring the music of the Spanish & Portuguese communities of Amsterdam, London and
New York. The set contains 50 cantorial works representing centuries of tradition, sung by Cantor Daniel Halfon of the Yad Harav Nissim synagogue in Jerusalem, accompanied by the Or Hadash Choir and a small chamber orchestra conducted by Azi Schwartz. For information on the album see
A review appeared in The Jerusalem Post Oct. 16

Light to Light: Music for Shabbat

On November 17 and 18, 2007
The Yavneh Ensemble will present
From Light to Light: Music for Shabbat,
conducted by Robert A.M. Ross.
Date: Saturday, November 17, 2007
Time: 8:00 p.m.
Place: The Ethical Society Building, 1906 South Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

Date: Sunday, November 18, 2007
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Temple Beth Hillel-Beth El, Lancaster Avenue and Remington Road, Wynnewood, PA

Tickets: Preferred seating $36.00
General Admission $18.00
Student with ID $9.00

Tickets may be purchased online at
Or call 215-849-4129

Through a wide variety of choral music, with narration, Shabbat will be experienced
from the light of Friday night candles until the light of the Havdalah candle.

New York Yiddish Singalong

The Second Annual All-Star New York Yiddish Singalong


Robert Abelson, Michael Alpert, Phyllis Berk, Joanne Borts, Caroline
Adrienne Cooper, Ron Eliran, Michael Fox, Rebecca Garfein, Sarah Gordon,
The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus, The New Yiddish Chorale,
Binyumen Schaechter,
Reyna & Temma Schaechter (“Di Shekhter-tekhter”),
Basya Schechter, Elizabeth Schwartz, Lorin Sklamberg, Jeff Warschauer

Accompanied by an all-star Klezmer ensemble, including
Margot Leverett, Joey Weisenberg and Jake Shulman
Musical Director – Zalmen Mlotek
Emcee – Corey Breier
Producer – Moishe Rosenfeld

Thursday, October 25, 2007, 7:30 PM
at Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd Street, New York City

Come sing your heart out – in Mame-loshn!

General admission:
$18 Advance Purchase; $20 Day of the Event.
VIP seating (with a post-concert reception):
$50 Advance Purchase; $60 Day of the Event.…

Good News for Choirs of Jewish Music

The music of Aminadav Aloni is being made available for free download (as pdf files) through the website of the Aminadav Aloni Music Foundation They are now offering almost all of the sheet music in the catalogue on the website as free downloads upon request. However, the links are not yet up, but those interested can contact Richard A. Braun, MD Vice President, Aminadav Aloni Music Foundation for those requests with serious interest in acquiring the music.

Isle of Klezbos at Comix

Tuesday, November 13 @ Comix NY
Isle of Klezbos, Lascivious Biddies, & guest host Bitch!

Fun-loving woman-based bands, powerhouse double bill:

7:30pm Isle of Klezbos – soulful, splendid klezmer sextet
9pm The Lascivious Biddies – all-gal cocktail pop quartet
… hosted by spoken word/electric violin sensation Bitch

at Comix, 353 W. 14th St NYC just east of Ninth Ave
$12 + two-drink minimum 212-524-2500
Full bar & restaurant menu, great audio and sightlines

‘Friling’ CD Release of Luceete Van Den Berg

Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center,
3301 Bainbridge avenue, Bronx, NY
near 208th st, (and Montefiore Hospital)
Sunday, Oct. 28th, 1:30 PM
to hear the visiting Dutch Yiddish singer
Lucette Van den Berg

This is a CD release party for her recording “Friling” which includes
new Yiddish songs by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Lucette has a
beautiful voice and she is the first to record almost all of these

Take the D train to 205th st. or the 4 train to Mosholu Parkway.
information: 917-930-0295

Free Open House at Workmen’s Circle

The Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Ensemble will be holding a free open house on
Tuesday, October 23, at 7 PM.

Led by famed klezmer musician Jeff Warschauer
Free Open house: Tuesday, October 23, from 7-9 PM
Six paid sessions, Tuesdays at 7 PM: October 30, November 6, November 13,
November 20, November 27, December 11.
Please note that, due to Khanuke, there will be NO session on December 4.

* Open to all players of musicians who play and read music at at least an
intermediate level
* 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 scene

Single session class fee: $30. Discount for Workmen’s Circle members and/or
those attending all six sessions: $150
Sessions will take place at the Workmen’s Circle, 45 East 33 Street,
Manhattan (between Park and Madison).…

Of Daniel Pearl on Armistice Day– DOWNTOWN CHAMBER & OPERA PLAYERS

St. Marks in the Bowery (10th St & Second Av)

CAROLYN STEINBERG: Secular Requiem: 1. “Chorale,” 2. “Of Daniel Pearl.” 3. “Do Not Stand at My Grave and Weep.” 4. “Chorale”, String Quartet & Vocal Quartet; SIMA WOLF (commission): Ashbah (Ghosts) (Brian Turner) for Violin, Cello, Piano, Narrator; DAVID THOMAS: War Song for Soprano, Mezzo-Soprano & Piano; EDDIE VENEGAS: Encounters for String Quartet; DAVID HOLLISTER: Listen Here, Joe; Performers: Eileen Clarke, Soprano; Megan Friar, Mezzo-Soprano; Kurt Alakulppi, Tenor; Ivan Thomas, Narrator, Bass; Matt Fieldes, double bass; Sweet Plantain String Quartet; Downtown Piano Trio
Information :; Suggested donation: $10-$15;
Reservations: 212 477-1594;

Women Sing Sephard in Toronto

Judith Cohen will be in Toronto, along with her daughter Tamar singing an eclectic mix at the
Miles Nadal JCC
Sunday October 28
at 4 pm.
It’s co-sponsored by the Cultural Celebration of the Spanish Language, so they will be concentrating
on Sephardic music, with some regional Spanish songs and a surprise –
flamenco-tangos songs by Tamar. Geoff Clarfield joins the duo on oud, percussion and
flamenco rhythm guitar . Songs will include a bit of Balkan, French Canadian, Yiddish, Portuguese – but mostly Sephardic and Spanish selections.

Jewish Composers may submit Peformance Requests

An open letter from the American Society for Jewish Music:

Dear Jewish music composer:

The American Society for Jewish Music would like to consider your music for performance at its annual concert at the Center for Jewish History in New York City on Monday, June 2nd, 2008. Your music will be given a first-class performance in a prominent New York venue. Please submit by November 16, 2007 one vocal work for one or two solo voices with keyboard or small chamber ensemble accompaniment. Pieces should be about 4-10 minutes long and well-crafted. (The majority of the committee has a preference for “Art Music.”) The piece should have some sort of Jewish musical, thematic or textual content, and the composer must be living or working in the U.S.…

Milton Barnes Tribute in Toronto

Hosted by his sons Micah and Daniel Barnes, a concert tribute to the important Canadian Jewish composer Milton Barnes will take place tomorrow, Monday, October 22, at the Al Green Theatre – MNJcc – 750 Spadina Avenue, Toronto.
Featuring: trio Lyra – Erica Goodman, Mark Childs, Suzanne Schulman; David Wall, Marilyn Lerner, Artie Roth, Martin van de Ven, Renee Bouthot, Lenka Lichtenberg, Brian Katz.
8pm. Tickets $20, 416-924-6211, ext 0.

Oy Hoo! Festival in New York Continues this Week

Monday October 22, 2007
strongRick Recht
Central Synagogue · 07:30PM · Tickets: $15.00

Rick Recht is one of the top touring artists in Jewish music playing over 150 concerts each year in the US and abroad.

Travelin’ Music
JCC of Manhattan · 08:00PM · Tickets: $10/JCC Members $15/Non Members
The 4,000 Year History of the Jewish People. A Comedy Book by Leonora Thuna; Music by Charles Fox; Lyrics by Norman Gimbal.
For more information visit



Partners in Torah will present once again SHIDDUCHIM AND SURVIVAL (A
BA’ALAS TESHUVA’S TALE) a One-Person Musical Play featuring Chana
Rochel Eller
(nee Sommerstein) on
Sunday Evening, October 21st, 8:30 P.M.,
at the Rockland County Community College Theatre,
145 College Rd.,
Suffern (Monsey), New York.
Exclusive performance for ladies and
mature girls. Tickets $18.00. Proceeds for Partners In Torah, a
division of Torah Umesorah. Purchase tickets at the door, or for
reservations call 973-473-3575


From ShoreFire Media:
When you think of New York City’s Harlem, you may think of James Brown at the
Apollo, Duke Ellington at the Savoy or Bill Clinton’s offices on 125th Street. But
did you know that Harlem was also home to large numbers of Eastern European Jews in
the early 20th century? Some of the grandest brownstones in the Mount Morris Park
neighborhood were Jewish family homes.

Grammy-winning producer Aaron Levinson pays homage to the vibrant history of Harlem
in ‘The Harlem Experiment’, to be released by Ropeadope Records October 30th.
Featuring musicians such as clarinetist Don Byron of the Grammy-awarded Klezmatics,
trombonist Steve Bernstein and many other notable jazz musicians, it showcases
Harlem as melting pot and offers a unique version of the Yiddish folk song “Bei Mir
Bist Du Schoen,” with a soaring solo by Byron.…

SHIRA BETZIBUR in New Rochelle for Israel’s 60th


Celebrating Israel’s 60th birthday!
Israeli Music Sing-A-Long
featuring the greatest Israeli hits from all times!
Led by a 5 piece band of top Israeli musicians (Shira NYC)!

Beth El Synagogue Center
New Rochelle, NY
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Doors open at 8:15 PM, Singing starts at 9 PM

Tickets ($18 in advance, $25 at the door): RSVP to 914-235-2700 ext. 223 or 226
Tkt. price includes drinks, desserts & entertainment.
You must be at least 21 years old to attend this event.
Song lyrics are displayed
on a large screen!

Presented by the Israeli Culture Club at the Beth El Synagogue Center
Sponsored by the Beth El Synagogue Center Brotherhood & Sisterhood,
Solomon Schechter School of Westchester, Westchester Jewish
Conference: The Jewish Community Relations Council of Westchester,

Save a Seat at Museum of Jewish Heritage Dec 5 and 25 in NYC

This December, celebrate this season with festive holiday music for the whole
family. On Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. Celebrate Hanukkah with the Andy Statman
Trio. Playing a unique blend of klezmer, rock, folk, and jazz. Statman has worked
with musical legends Jerry Garcia and Bob Dylan, and was a lead musician on Itzhak
Perlman’s klezmer sensation, In the Fiddler’s House. Unable to categorize his
music, Statman offers this description to listeners: “It’s deeply Jewish because I
am, and it’s honest because I am.” Tickets are $25 adults, $20 seniors, $15
students/members. On December 25th join Joshua Nelson and his Kosher Gospel Choir
for Challah-lujah with performances at 1 PM & 3:30 PM. Performing to sold-out crowds
at the Museum for two years in a row, Joshua Nelson is back for another spectacular
set of shows.…

Chicken Soup for the Ears?

Come and join the London Klezmer Collective’s monthly second-Sunday jam at the Cross
Kings. Next session: Sunday 11 November between 1 and 4pm. Out-of-towners
particularly welcome!

The capital’s first regular klezmer session has found a home: the Cross Kings.
While you’re playing or listening, eat lunch, have a coffee, booze, shmooze or just
relax in the deep sofas and convivial atmosphere of this great central London pub.
There might even be a bit of dancing… The Cross Kings is at 126 York Way, London N1
0AX, a 10-minute walk from Kings Cross station with local parking. Visit for details.

Jerusalem Musical Trio in Geneva

AMJ avait le plaisir de vous annoncer un nouveau concert original à Genève:
dimanche 4 novembre à 17h
Conservatoire de Musique de Genève (Place Neuve)

Roman Kekhman (clarinettes et saxophones)
Yakov Entin (violon et guitare)
Bella Kresin ( piano)
“La musique folklorique est celle où la force vitale de l’âme juive est la plus
aisément perceptible.”

Le “Jerusalem Musical Trio” présente des interprétations brillantes, originales et
créatives du folklore juif en mélangeant le klezmer à la musique classique, au jazz
et au folklore d’Europe de l’Est. Chacun de ses concerts est acclamé avec
enthousiasme partout dans le monde juif et non juif et le public en ressort toujours
rempli de joie et d’amour! Mais au delà de la musique et inspirés par l’esprit
universel de “la ville d’or et de lumière”, les musiciens du “Jerusalem Musical
Trio” se veulent messagers de la paix.…

Yuval Ron Music Coming up in California

Yuval Ron Ensemble writes about some upcoming shows:

Saturday, October 27 2007 two shows: 1:45 – 2:30PM 4:00 – 4:45 PM
The Getty Villa
Yuval Ron
Oud Prayers – Sacred and Folk Music of the Middle East
with percussionist Jamie Papish
Location: Inner Peristyle at the Getty Villa in Malibu 17985 Pacific
Coast Highway Pacific Palisades, California 90272
Reservations and information: Call (310) 440-7300

Saturday, November 3, 2007
The Wechsberg Educational Foundation of Congregation Ner Tamid
A Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Concert ” A Musical Odyssey”
The Yuval Ron Ensemble
Admission: For tickets contact Ticket Alternatives at or call (877) 725-8849

Midnight Prayer CD by Joel Rubin Ensemble

Midnight Prayer
Joel Rubin Ensemble
(Traditional Crossroads

Announcing the release of the new CD, “Midnight Prayer” by the Joel Rubin Ensemble. Clarinetist Rubin has long been considered to be one of the leading performers of Jewish instrumental klezmer music in the world today, earning accolades from sources as diverse as klezmer giants Dave Tarras and Max Epstein, international clarinet soloist Richard Stoltzman, avant garde composer John Zorn, and Nobel Prize Laureate and poet Roald Hoffmann. The ensemble also features Hungarian cimbalom virtuoso Kálmán Balogh, Italian accordion wizard Claudio Jacomucci and rising klezmer star violinist David Chernyavsky, as well as Ferenc Kovács (trumpet), Csaba Novák (bass), Sándor Budai (second violin) and Pete Rushefsky (tsimbl).

‘A Night in the Old Marketplace’ in Philly

A Night in the Old Marketplace
September 28 – October 21 2007
Book and Lyrics by Glen Berger
Music by Frank London
Conceived by Alexandra Aron
Inspired by I.L. Peretz

Klezmer giant and Grammy-winner Frank London and Emmy-winner Glen Berger spin a magic tale set to Klezmer music of spirits who come alive to right an ancient wrong in this fantastic journey to rediscover the meaning of faith.
For details about performances at the Prince Music Theater:

Eyal Maoz’s Edom upcoming in NY

Eyal Maoz’s Edom
Jewish – Rock- Jazz music from Tzadik Records.
Check it out at
Eyal Maoz- guitar
Brian Marsella – organ
Shanir Blumenkranz – bass
Yuval Lion – drum

oct 9 – 8 pm
At Spike Hill
Phone: (718) 218-9737
184 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
MORE Edom:
Oct 21 Sunday at 11 pm at Zebulon.
258 Wythe Ave. Between N3 and Metropolitan.
Williamsburg, NY 11211.
$5 suggested.

Musique et poésie des Juifs d’Italie à la Renaissance


Musique et poésie des Juifs d’Italie à la Renaissance

Salle de la Paroisse de St-Gervais, 11 rue Dassier, Genève
7 octobre 2007 à 17h

Gloria Moretti : chant
Viva Biancaluna Biffi : chant, viola d’arco
Enrico Fink : chant, récitation
Avery Gosfield : flûte à bec, flûte et tambour
Marco Ferrari : flûte à bec, douçaine, chalemie, flûte double
Francis Biggi : viola da mano, viola da penna, cetra, colascione
Elisabetta Benfenati : guitare renaissance
Massimiliano Dragoni : dulcimelo, percussion
Federico Marincola : luth basse, chitarra battente
Chaque communauté juive d’Italie, grande ou petite, a gardé jusqu’à nos jours sa
propre tradition musicale. Ces mélodies, la plupart transmises oralement, portent
les traces du mélange continu des trois courants les plus répandus en Italie :
séfarade, ashkénaze et italien.…

Sunday October 7 Alicia Svigals at 92nd St Y

With accordionist Patrick Farrell and vocalist Inna Barmash
Lost and Found: Musical Treasures of the Jewish Ukraine

On Sunday, October 7, Alicia Svigals, the world’s leading klezmer
fiddler and founder of the Grammy-winning ensemble The Klezmatics,
presents lost musical treasures of the Jewish Ukraine. Drawing on
the fieldwork of Moshe Beregovsky, a Soviet-Jewish
ethnomusicologist, Svigals brings to life, through music and
conversation, tunes recorded on wax cylinders before World War II.
This incredible collection disappeared when Beregovsky was exiled to
Siberia but was recently rediscovered in a dusty archive. Come
help resurrect this beautiful old culture — singing and dancing

Sun, Oct 7, 2007, 4:00pm
3:30 Russian Tea Reception

Tickets $30
92nd Street Y,
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, NYC
Buttenwieser Hall

Zamir ‘Kibbitzes’ with Gevatron

Israel Prize winners, The Gevatron: The Israeli Kibbutz
, will perform with America’s foremost Jewish choral ensemble, the Zamir
Chorale of Boston
, on Thursday evening, October 18, 7:30 pm at
Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline.
The Israel Prize is the most prestigious award handed
out by the State of Israel and is presented annually for
distinguished achievement in scholarship, the arts, or
public service. The Gevatron, which received the
award in May, was founded in the same year as Israel
and is the best-known and most popular traditional
folk-singing group in the country. The exclusive Boston
concert will include Hebrew music in two very different
forms – the exquisite artistry of the Zamir along with
the rousing folk music of the Gevatron.
Those Were the Days – These Are the Songs is sponsored by the Zamir Chorale of Boston
and the Jewish Agency, and cosponsored by the Consulate of Israel to New England
and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies.…

KLEZSHOP at Stephen Wise

September 29th, 7:30pm
AT: Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th St.
New York, NY 10023
(Between Columbus and Central Park West); 212-877-4050;

KLEZSHOP – A unique New York based trio, playing their original compositions, all
with a special Jewish-Klezmer flavor. Its members, natives of Israel,
graduates of the Juilliard School, the Paris Conservatory and the Jerusalem Academy,
combine their classical education with a rich experience of performing Jewish music,

Rock, Jazz and Irish music all over the world.

Gilad Harel – clarinet
Jonathan Keren – violin
Gilad Cohen bass guitar, voice

Visit Myspace for some music samples:

FREE Donations are encouraged!

All About Women Cantors

The Journal of Synagogue Music Fall 2007 issue features articles celebrating 25 years of women as Conservative cantors. There are articles about, by, and for women and Jewish music in this issue (vol. 32) and will be of interest to many who may want to know more women and Jewish music. There are many excellent articles of interest, including a biographical sketch of Barbara Ostfeld by Bruce Ruben (readers are also invited to take a look at my article on Barbara in Encyclopedia Judaica), histories of women in the cantorate, a history of the Khazntes, (women who sang cantorial music albeit not in synagogue), issues of Kol Isha, and an especially interesting piece by Victor Tunkel on the music of the first women composer, Leonora Duarte (1610-1678).…

Melodia Women’s Choir in Manhattan with Becca Schack World Premier

The Melodia Women’s Choir will present an all female performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major and contemporary works, including the world premiere of Becca Schack‘s new commissioned piece “In My end is My Beginning” based on a text by T. S. Eliot.
The concert is being held
Saturday November 17 at 8 PM, and
Sunday, November 18 at 3 PM at
St. Peter’s Church,
346 West 20th Street, New York City, New York.
Melodia will be joined by an all-women
instrumental chamber ensemble.

Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
For information, call (212) 252-4134, or visit

KlezKanada 2007 Starts Tonight

KlezKanada, in Lanier, Quebec Canada is starting tonight, Monday August 20th. This is the 12th year of the annual camp program. This year, the all star faculty is amazing, the students are superb, and the excitement is palpable. If you’re not here this year, make sure to mark this week on your calendar for next. Looks like the first newsletter, by Ari Davidow, greeted the attendees as they arrived. Each day of camp, there’s a camp newsletter published in 3 languages which might be any combination of Yiddish, English, French, Spanish, German or Russian. You never know who will get around to writing an article and each are published in the native language. KlezKanada is a music camp for families or individuals. There’s a tremendous amount of talent present and we’re hearing it already.…

Jewish Artists Line Up This Fall atThe Museum of Jewish Heritage

The Museum of Jewish Heritage is pleased to announce its concert line up for October
and November of this year. All events will take place at the Museum of Jewish
Hertiage, 36 Battery Place in Lower Manhattan.

Monday, October 8, 7 P.M
Tuesday, October 9, 7 P.M.
Wednesday, October 10, 7 P.M.

Idan Raichel
Songs for Peace: The Acoustic Series
Featuring Idan Raichel; with Marta Gomez, Somi, Cabra Casay, and Itamar Doari

Join dynamic Isaraeli artist Idan Raichel for his very first series of intimate
acoustic concerts in New York. Idan blends the unique sounds of Israel’s cultural
tradition with styles frm around the world for a sound that Billboard Magazine calls
a “multi-ethnic tour de force.” Showcasing new and old musical partnerships, Idan
and artists will celebrate the universal language of music.…

Call for Papers: Hearing Israel: Music, Culture and History at 60

Hearing Israel: Music, Culture and History at 60
University of Virginia
April 13-14, 2008

As the State of Israel approaches the sixtieth anniversary
of its founding in the spring of 2008, academic scholarship
continues to
focus primarily on its political life, religious and ethnic diversity,
and foreign policy. Much less attention has been devoted to the
life of Israeli society and its impact on evolving Israeli identities
across generations. One of the most dynamic yet least studied
spheres of
Israeli culture to emerge in the six decades since statehood is its
music, ranging from the worlds of pop music, rock, rap, and
mizrahit /to classical, religious, and ethnic traditions.

these questions, the University of Virginia will host an historic
international conference on Israeli music on April 13 and 14,

Women’s Music Festival in Jerusalem

The Women’s Music Festival, featuring various styles of music from western (American influenced) to middle-eastern music will be held Monday August 13, Rosh Chodesh Elul
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Pargod, 2 Nissim Bachar St. corner of 94 Betzelel St. Jerusalem
Admission: 30 NIS

*Artists CDs will be sold
*Hot drinks provided

Amsterdam Jewish Music School Opening Day Schedule Available

LESSON PROGRAM 5768 2007/2008 & OPEN DAY Sunday 16.09.07 Jewish Music School

For complete information, email the school.

Do you and/or your child(ren) want to follow our Jewish music lessons, than please send your name, address, phone/mobile, e-mail address & title(s) of the lesson programs to: or Jewish Music School, Postbus 15894, 1001 NJ Amsterdam. You also can phone us: 020 624 11 32 / 06 166 463 75.

The administration of the Music School Amsterdam sends you the “Aanmeldingsformulier” by post. Please subscribe before the 8th of September 2007.

Please forward this message !

drs Anton Molenaar
organisatie & management cultuureducatie

Joodse muzieklessen i.s.m. Muziekschool Amsterdam
Tel +31 (20) 624 11 32
Mob 06 166 463 75
Locatie Muziekschool Amsterdam
Bachstraat 5, 1077 GD Amsterdam
Postadres Postbus 15894, 1001 NJ Amsterdam…

Jay Gottlieb in Seattle performing Messiaen

Northwest Mahler Orchestra
Sunday, September 9, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
Benaroya Hall, 200 University Street, Seattle, WA

First Seattle performance !
Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla Symphony

Northwest Mahler Orchestra
Geoffrey Simon, conductor
Jay Gottlieb, piano solo
Thomas Bloch, ondes Martenot solo

Presented by the Northwest Mahler Festival, Seattle

Jewish Songs at an Exhibition

Yiddish singer Sharon Bernstein (voice & piano) and klezmer pioneer Stu Brotman (bass, tsimbl, & percussion) join forces in a unique performance set to paintings by self-taught Toronto artist Mayer Kirshenblatt . Kirshenblatt’s vibrant portraits of his home town Apt, Poland before the Holocaust inspire a rich blend of traditional song and contemporary sound . Projected images of the paintings connected with the songs complete this experience that recreates the sights and sounds of a Jewish Polish town. Presented in conjunction with the book They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of Jewish Life in Poland Before the Holocaust by Mayer
Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (University of California Press, forthcoming September 2007) and exhibition with the same title at the Judah L. Magnes Museum, September 10, 2007 – January 13, 2008, 2911 Russell Street • Berkeley • 510-549-6950 •

Date, Time and Cost:
Saturday, September 8, 8:30 pm
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley CA
$15 general / $12 Seniors, Students and JCC East Bay and Magnes Museum members…

Yiddish Chorus at Museum of the City of NY

conducted by Binyumen Schaechter
are performing on
Sunday, August 5, 2007, at 2:00 PM
at the
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd St
in New York City
The songs are all in Yiddish.
Translations provided.

The concert is presented in conjunction with the exhibit,
The Jewish Daily Forward: Embracing an Immigrant Community.

The concert will be about 1 hour in length.
The concert is free
with admission to the Museum:
Adults, $9
Seniors, students, $5
Families, $20 (max. 2 adults)
Children 12 and under, free

For directions and other Museum info:

Yiddish Cup Brims Over

The folks of the Yiddishe Cup Band send their SCHEDULE:

July 29 Little Mountain Folk Festival, Kirtland, Ohio. 12

Aug. 2 Orange Village, Orange Village, Ohio. 7:30

Aug. 3 International Ass’n of Yiddish Clubs conference, Cleveland. 8:30

Aug. 16 Wiley Middle School, University Hts., Ohio. 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8 Congregation Bethanyu, Pepper Pike, Ohio. 7:30

Oct 3 Fairmount Temple, Beachwood, Ohio. 8:15 p.m.

Oct 4 Park Synagogue. Cleveland Hts., Ohio. 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 14 Cincinnati Art Museum, 2:30 p.m. 513-792-5661

Siddur Audio

A new website called “Siddur Audio” comes from Atlanta with the work of Rabbi Mark Zimmerman.
You can use the site to learn the Tefillot, and it is completely free. Most of the Siddur has
already been recorded in mp3 format. Rabbi Zimmerman has updated the site and increased the server capacity to accommodate the growing number of downloads that it has been generating lately. He has also
recently added audio of the weekday davening and the Passover Seder as well.

Eastern Tradition CD from The Jewish Music Heritage Project

The Jewish Music Heritage Project is the ambitious undertaking of Cantor Sholom Kalib and The Jewish Music Heritage Project Boys’ and Men’s Choir. The purpose of the Jewish Music Heritage Project is to “document, catalog, and disseminate one of the great sacred musical traditions of the world, namely that of the Eastern European Synagogue, which is now in real danger of being lost forever.” So far, 2 vols of a 5 vol. set consisting of 20 books is being published by Syracuse University Press, and a 75 CD set of the music is envisioned. To find out more and order a CD:

It’s Always Closer Than You Think

The deadline for submissions to the Shalshelet liturgical music competition is November 1, 2007, which is closer than you think, if you are preparing to compose a musical composition. The composition can be by a professional, or a student over 18 (or under 18 with parental signature), and can be a musical choral work, a simple melody or melody with instruments. The purpose is for a composition for a sacred Jewish text, must be original, and not previously published. All the rules of the competition are available at their website. For those who may have a curiousity about American-based Jewish liturgical music, or those who have a serious interest in entering, click here:

The 2008 Shalshelet International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music will be held June 15, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.…

5 If By Sea– the Dave Grisman Quintet on a Hudson Cruis

NYC, NY 212-630-8888
42nd St. & the Hudson River at Circle Line Pier 83
7.00PM & 9.30PM

David Grisman Quintet featuring guitarist Frank Vignola, will perform his unique
variety of bluegrass and gypsy music referred to as “dawg music” as part of the NYC
Rockin’ the River Cruises ( and will be the first East Coast
performance with the new line-up.

NYC RTR Cruise is a scenic tour and live music event in an intimate and friendly
concert setting. Sail past the Statute of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Brooklyn Bridge
and the world’s greatest skyline – with Grisman and VIgnola.

Also, a chance to see them in VT…
SHELBURNE, VT 802-652-0777

Elaine Hoffman Watts 2007 winner of a National Heritage Fellowship

Elaine Hoffman Watts wins National Endowment for the Arts, National Heritage Fellowship
The Jewish Music WebCenter already knew how great Elaine is, having conducted an extensive interview with her at KlezKanada a few years ago, not to mention hearing all those concerts with her. Now she’s getting a national honor… nice!

The NEA writes about Elaine:

“Elaine Hoffman Watts’ family came to the United States from a town near Odessa in the former Soviet Union. Her father, Jacob Hoffman, was a prominent member of a klezmer band that was recorded in the 1920s. Elaine received training from her father and uncles in the family’s repertoire of polkas, freilachs, mazurkas, shers, and other tunes of Eastern European Jewish musical tradition. She became the first woman graduate in percussion from the Curtis Institute of Music.…