Monthly Archives: February 2007

Schola Cantorum on Hudson Explores Judeo-Christian Choral Music Sacred Bridge

Three mid-March Choral Concerts in Caldwell, Jersey City and Manhattan will light up a sacred bridge.
Schola Cantorum on Hudson, the critically acclaimed
30-voice choral ensemble based in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area, will perform
choral music highlighting the Judeo-Christian heritage with its 12th Ethnic
Celebration Series Concert in three venues. Entitled Sacred Bridge, this second
concert program of Schola’s season will first be performed at Caldwell College
on Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, New Jersey, on Sunday, March 11, 2007 at 4
pm, reprised on Sunday, March 18, at 4 pm, at Historic Holy Rosary Church, 344
Sixth Street, between Monmouth and Brunswick Streets in Jersey City. The third
concert will be performed at St. Malachy’s Church, The Actors’ Chapel, 239
West 49th Street (between Broadway and Eighth Avenue) in New York City, Monday,
March 19 at 7:30 pm.…

YAACOV ELKOBI in Concert at Le Centre d’art et de Culture Paris

L’événement judéo Oriental
Pour notre plus grand plaisir, LE CENTRE D’ART ET DE CULTURE accueille le mardi 20
mars 2007 à 20h30,
et pour la première fois en France en concert exclusif, l’Artiste ‘’ YAACOV ELKOBI’’

Dés l’âge de 9 ans, il commence à chanter avec son père lors de concerts de
musique séfarade, Andalouse et Judéo-Oriental sur les plus grandes scènes en Israël, aux USA, en Europe et
aujourd’hui en France . Le Ténor Gabriel ELFASSI qui parraine le jeune prodige et Artiste ‘’ YAACOV ELKOBI
’’, souhaite faire découvrir au public français son talent et sa performance
exceptionnelle. Il s’est produit récemment en Israël avec des artistes et musiciens de renom,‘’ LIOR

Jewish Music Roundtable at Music Library Association

The Music Library Association and the Society of American Music are holding a joint annual conference in Pittsburgh February 28-March 4, 2007. As usual, the Jewish Music Roundtable will present a program, which is scheduled for Thursday, March 1, 2007 at 2:00pm

This year the program features a program entitled “Lost and Found: Jewish Music in America”. The program
Chair is Judith S. Pinnolis, Brandeis University.

The papers will be:
Jewish Identity and the Search for Spiritual Authenticity: Jewish Composers in the New York Composers’ Forum, 1935–1940
by Dr. Melissa de Graaf, University of Miami

On the Trail of Leo Zeitlin’s Manuscripts
by Paula Eisenstein Baker, University of St. Thomas, Houston

Estelle Liebling: John Philip Sousa’s Jewish Diva
Judith S. Pinnolis, Brandeis University

For details about the conference, location, program, and costs to attend, see:
The program schedule is located at:

Meira Warshauer Symphony No. 1 World Premiere

World Premiere Performance of Meira Warshauer Symphony No. 1 Living,
Breathing Earth
by Western Piedmont Symphony of North Carolina was a great
success. The two other orchestras who helped commission the work will have first performances in March and April.
The Symphony was commissioned by the Western Piedmont Symphony, the
South Carolina Philharmonic (their Premiere performance will be on March
24 – and the Dayton Philharmonic (their
Premiere performances will be given on April 26 and 28 –

You can find much more about Meira Warshauer at

Ocala Cantors in Concert

Ocala – The Third Annual Cantorial Concert, “On Wings of Song” presented by
Temple Beth Shalom will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 11 at the Appleton
Art Museum, 4333 NE Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala, FL

An unforgettable musical event to benefit the future programs and activities
of the temple will highlight Jewish cultural songs and contemporary musical
gems. Featured performers include Rabbi/Cantor Samuel Berman and his cantorial
colleagues Cantor Harold Orbach, Cantor David Sislen, Cantor Riselle Bain, Joy
Katzen-Guthrie, Chana Olmstead, Steve Berman
and Dale Berman.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling Gary Green 352.347-2481.

Preferred seating options include: “soprano” benefactor $300, 4 tickets;
“tenor” patron $150, 2 tickets; “baritone” sponsor” $75, 1 ticket.

Rabbi Samuel Berman
Temple Beth Shalom of Ocala
1109 NE 8th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470
Phone: (352) 624-3499


Thursday 22nd March, 2007
SOCALLED SEDER: Socalled, Sophie Solomon, Bukky Leo, Max Reinhardt, Boujemaa

The Grand Hall, The Cobden Club, 170 Kensal Road, London W10 5BN (nearest
tube: Westbourne Grove)
8pm. £8
Book online at to reserve your ticket. Door Policy at the Cobden Club requires your names in advance.
The Slave Trade was made illegal in Britain in 1707. To celebrate these 200
years of equality in the UK the JCC invites you to a blistering Passover
affair of live funk and hiphop, visual artistry and performance you will
never forget:

SO CALLED: conducting a symphony of hip hop beats and old Jewish record
SOPHIE SOLOMON: Europe’s most charismatic Jewish fiddler.
BUKKY LEO: Fela Kuti and Tony Allen’s afro-pioneering horns player.…

Gail Javitt: Like A Braided Candle: Songs for Havdalah

Gail Javitt announces the release of her first CD “Like a Braided Candle: Songs for Havdalah”. The entire album is devoted songs for Havdalah, and it may be the first, or only one, of its kind to specialize in just this music. Gail put several years of research into finding just the right music for this collection. Songs are in Yiddish, English and Hebrew. It’s available through CD Baby with some sound samples and more details about the album

Yiddish Dance in Geneva

3ème stage de DANSES YIDDISH
Organisé par les Amis de la Musique Juive
Samedi 24 mars 2007 de 13h à 18h00
Dimanche 25 mars 2007 de 11h à 17h00

au Centre Musical du Grand Lancy — Geneva
63, Av. des Communes Réunies
(trams 13, 15 et 17, arrêt “Palettes”)

Venez découvrir et pratiquer quelques unes des danses traditionnelles juives
d’Europe de l’Est: Hora lente, freylekh, bulgar, sher, patsh tants, terkish,
khosidl, etc.

Animation: Steven WEINTRAUB (USA)

Musique ‘live’ avec l’ensemble klezmer MENTSH (Paris)
Le samedi est dévolu aux ‘débutants’. Le dimanche est prévu pour les ‘avancés’ et
ceux qui souhaiteront approfondir ce qu’ils auront appris la veille !
Le dimanche se conclura à 17h30 par une démonstration publique (entrée libre).

Coût par journée (samedi ou dimanche): 50 Frs /personne & 70 Frs /couple,
membres AMJ, AVS, chômeurs, étudiants, etc.: 40 & 60 Frs).…

BAM BAM BAM Krakauer Clarinet on Golijov

On Saturday, March 10, 8p.m., David Krakauer will be performing Osvaldo Golijov’s “The Dreams and
Prayers of Isaac the Blind” at BAM with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. It’s the world premiere of the newly orchestrated version of this music, so there will be quite a bit of excitement. The program is called “Bridge to the Beyond” as part of the Steinhardt Jewish Heritage Festival at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music).
at the Howard Gilman Opera House.
Peter J Sharp Building.
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217
For all the details, go to the Brooklyn Philharmonic website:

Asefa at the Southpaw for Purim

Southpaw – Shushan Purim Party
March 4, 2007
8:00pm @ Southpaw
125 5th
Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217
It’s the post-purim WreckRoom!
Table tennis, pool, darts, pinball, poker and
other fine amusements…
mikey palms will be behind the bar with
incredible drink specials!
the WreckRoom is a free event and is from 8
to 2am.
Sharing the bill with us will be Rashanim, dj
handler & Y-Love and Juez.

Hidden Talent! for Purim

Following the trend started by Queen Esther, a new women’s arts organization reveals…

Hidden Talent!
Women performing only for women!

Come see vocalists – songwriters – dancers and more!

for women only!

Shir La Maalote: Elevating the World Through Song & Dance
Sunday, February 25, Shows at 4 pm and 7:30 pm
Schottenstein Cultural Center of Yeshiva University
239 East 34th St, near 2nd Ave, NY 10016


Chanale Fellig,
Adena Kozak,
Rena Needle,
Tziporah Miriam Halperin,
Leslie Ginsparg,
Yachad Dance,
Debra Landau,
Leah Sigal,
Sara Gita Sobel,
Rachel Kohl Finegold,
Chaya & Faige Glaser,
Claudia Amzullag,
Anna Shoen,
Gabrielle Orcha,
Lori Leifer,
Chana Leah Schwartz,
Tsivia Glinert,
Penny Klein,
Elena Merlis,
Kol Isha A Cappella,
& Kol Neshama!…

West Bank Story wins Oscar for Best Live Action Short

Here’s a letter just received from the musical group Yuval Ron about the Oscar awarded last night:

Dear All,
I am thrilled to share with you the news that tonight we won an Oscar
for Best Live Action Short FIlm for the film West Bank Story,
directed by Ari Sandel.
This is a great victory for us as the film is a musical and the music
(the songs and the score which I composed) has a central and very
important role in the film (as in any musical).
I am so glad for this award because this film was created to revive
hope for peace between Israelis and Palestinians. The film was
successful in bringing out the humanity in both sides, and
highlighted the courageous few who overcome the bias, follow true
love and struggle for peace.…

Wondering about the Wonder Wheel Grammy

If you want to know more about the album Wonder Wheel (JMG Records, JMG 18033-02, 2006) performed by that incredible Jewish band, the Klezmatics, — that just won a Grammy in World Music– there’s a great article on the Klezmershack that explains a lot about the project.

Another article about the album appeared in The Forward
which you can read about online

22nd Jewish Music Festival California around the San Francisco Bay Area

Wow. What a a lineup of artists… Wish I was there! Soooo!! you WestCoasters will have a great time…because you can be there… if you’re anywhere near San Francisco, you will not want to miss this incredible group of artists. –JMWC

The 22nd Jewish Music Festival is almost here. It’s being held around the San Francisco Bay Area

This year’s Festival will be held from March 8-25 and feature concerts throughout the Bay Area. Performers include Aires de Sefarad; Michael Alpert; Peter Apfelbaum; Avi Avital; Steven Bernstein; Dan Cantrell; Kitka; Klezmer Buenos Aires; Pharaoh’s Daughter and more!

‘OySongs’ for Music downloads

Oysongs is a site where you can download and buy Jewish music online. There are music files for listening and there is some sheet music from many different artists in the Jewish music world. You can search by song, album, sheet music or artist. Featured artists include Beth Schafer, Benyamin Ginsberg Trio, Peri Smilow, Doug Colter, Jeff Klepper, Shefa Gold, Julie Silver, Eric Komar and more.

KlezKanada Scholarship Opportunities

The 12th KlezKanada season has opened its Youth Scholarship Program. KlezKanada takes place each year north of Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the B’nai B’rith camp, and each summer is filled with exciting music, dance, theater, arts and Jewish culture of all kinds. If you haven’t been, check it out. And if your child plays an instrument, and you are looking for the perfect family music camp, KlezKanada will be one of the best experiences yet.

“The Media and the Messenger: Transforming the Cantor’s Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Jeffrey Shandler
March 9th
“The Media and the Messenger: Transforming the Cantor’s Art In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction ”
Location: The Center for Jewish History
15 W. 16th St. New York City
Date: Friday, March 9, 2007
Time: 10:30 AM to Noon

Admission: This event is free and open to the public.
Sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society
and the American Society for Jewish Music
The Jewish Music Forum lecture series continues, with an
investigation of the cantor’s life, art, and spirituality as narrated
through various modes of communication:
“The Media and the Messenger: Transforming the Cantor’s
Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”

Presented by:
Dr. Jeffrey Shandler, Rutgers University
Respondents: Dr. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, New York
University, and Dr. Mark Slobin, Wesleyan University
Co-sponsor: Working Group on Jews/Media/Religion
at the Center for Religion and Media, New York University…

Clarinets in Safed this Summer

Looking for something great to do in Israel this summer? If you are a clarinetist you can find the perfect way to learn, have fun, and play great music. The 4th annual celebration of classical, jazz and klezmer music is once again being led in the old city of Safed by Giora Feidman. Experience instruction, master classes and performances from August 6-13 in Safed, Israel. For details, see the (it’s a pdf file so you need Adobe Acrobat to open).

“Purim in Khelm”

You are cordially invited to four free New York-area
performances of a new Yiddish musical comedy, “Purim
in Khelm”, presented by the National Yiddish Theatre –
Folksbiene and sponsored by the City University of New

“Purim in Khelm” features a professional cast,
klezmorim, and original Yiddish songs, and is
presented in Yiddish with English and Russian

by Motl Didner and Miryem-Khaye Seigel

An original Yiddish musical comedy
Presented with English and Russian supertitles

Featuring: Ashley Adler, Leizer Burko, Itzy Firestone,
Richard Kass, Susanne Nancy Kobb, David Mandelbaum,
Stuart Marshall, Freydale Zynstein-Oz, Harry Peerce
and Miryem-Khaye Seigel

With Art Bailey, Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer

FOUR FREE PERFORMANCES sponsored by the City
University of New York

1) Tuesday, February 27 – Hunter College, Kaye
Playhouse – 7 PM.…


On 25 March, 2007, in the advent of Yom HaShoah veHaG’vurah, the Felicia Blumenthal Music Center in Tel-Aviv will present a concert of art songs by Arie Ben Erez Abrahamson (1904-1992). Composed before his deportation, during his imprisonment in the concentration camps of Vichy France, and after his escape from his captors, the music is set to texts of Yiddish and Hebrew poets such as Sutzkewer, Reisen, Rosenfeld, Kipnis, Bialik, and Tschernchowsky. The songs give expression to manifold aspects of Jewish life in the Diaspora, the anxieties of survival, and joy in the renaissance of national Jewish life in the old new homeland. Born in the former Czechoslovakia, Arie Ben Erez Abrahamson’s creative process was nourished by the musical traditions of the former Austro-Hungary and the ancient modes of Jewish liturgy.…

Dan Blacksberg Ensemble featured in Philly Series

Diaspora Series – “celebrates Purim with a special show featuring some of
the most innovative musicians in Klezmer and Jewish-inspired music.”
Sunday March 4
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
8 p.m. FREE All Ages
West Philadelphia Orchestra
Dan Blacksberg Ensemble
Dan Blacksberg, Trombone
Michael Winograd, Clarinet
Jon Barrios, Bass
Jason Nazary, Drums

An All-Women’s Music & Dance Festival!

SUNDAY, February 25, 2007
SHIR LA MA’ALOTE: Elevating the World Through Music and Dance
A concert for women only to benefit Professional Women’s Theater,
an organization which seeks to promote all-female performance opportunities,
featuring known and rising stars in the Jewish women’s performing world!
Singer-songwriters, dancers, vocalists….
Chanale! ~ Debra Landau ~ Rachel Kohl Finegold ~ Emilia Cataldo ~ Gabrielle Orcha ~
The Light Peddler’s Band ~ Rena Needle ~ Tziporah Miriam Halperin…And MORE!
Show I: 4:00 pm
Show II: 7:30 pm
Reception & CD Fair: 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Yeshiva University’s Schottenstein Cultural Center
239 East 34th St. between 2nd & 3rd Aves. NY, NY 10016
$30 in advance, $36 at door / $15 students / all proceeds considered charity
For further information, please contact or 646-234-1542.…

Beethoven & Golijov

Audiences of the Marin Symphony’s Sunday, February 25 and
Tuesday, February 27 concerts will be treated to two epic works in one
program: Beethoven’s majestic Symphony No. 7 and contemporary composer
Osvaldo Golijov’s The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind, performed by
solo clarinetist Todd Palmer. Also on the program is Kodály’s Galanta
Dances. Alasdair Neale conducts.

The Marin Symphony concerts will be held on Sunday, February 25 and Tuesday,
February 27 at 7:30pm at Marin Center, San Rafael, California. Tickets at $65, $50 and
$27 are available at 415.499.6800 (students half price). Free pre-concert
talks with Maestro Neale begin at 6:30pm in the concert hall. Audience
members are invited to meet clarinetist Todd Palmer, Maestro Neale and
members of the orchestra immediately after the Tuesday, February 27 concert
at the Symphony’s regular Tuesday Night Wrap Party, Four Points by Sheraton
Lounge, 1010 Northgate Drive, San Rafael.…

Regina Resnik Presents Crossing All Boundaries

Sunday, March 25, 2:30 P.M.
Regina Resnik, narrator; Katherine Whyte, soprano; Audrey Babcock, mezzo-soprano;
Michael Philip Davis, tenor; Milos Repicky, piano; Annaliesa Place, guest violinist
$25 adults, $20 students/seniors, $15 members

Museum of Jewish Heritage: Edmond J. Safra Hall
36 Battery Place
Battery Park
New York, NY 10280

Crossing All Boundaries is the final concert in a three-year-long retrospective on
Jewish classical song. Presented and narrated by opera legend Regina Resnik, the
program features songs and operas on Jewish themes by famous composers, such as
Kaddish by Ravel, the rarely heard Hebrew songs of Glinka, Mussorgsky, and
Rimsky-Korsakov, the brilliant and evocative Song Cycle on Jewish Folk Poetry by
Shostakovich, and the New York premiere of Letter to Warsaw by Thomas Pasatieri.
Classics by Tchaikovsky, Massenet, and Schubert, sung in Yiddish, and originally
made popular by the great Jewish singers of the past, round out this unique concert.…

New York Musical theatre Festival

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, the original home of Altar Boyz, [title of show], The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Gutenberg! The Musical, the Big Voice and Nerds:// A Musical Software Satire, among many others, will be accepting submissions for their Next Link Project from JANUARY 1, 2007 through MARCH 1, 2007. The Next Link Project is the NYMTF central series of new musicals, accounting for 18 of the 30+ productions in each year’s festival. NYMTF maintain an open submissions policy and a blind evaluation process to ensure that writers from every level of the theatre community, from working professionals to those whose work has not yet been produced, are given the opportunity to participate.
For complete information:
For more information, and to begin the online submission process, see:

World of the Piyut in English

Top musicologists and other scholars from Snunit, Avi Chai Foundation, and Hebrew University, among others, have a new website with an English version up and running: An Invitation to Piyut. Accroding to the site: “There are two archives at the core of the website. The central archive is a collection of piyutim and melodies. Here you can find piyutim divided into various categories and run a general search on all of the piyutim. Each piyut has two central “pages.” The first offers an in-depth look at the piyut, presenting different perspectives of background, commentary, and explanation. The second is a list of melodies, including a range of melodies and performances of the piyut. The second archive contains texts and melodies not classically defined as piyutim – such as selections from Psalms or traditional Jewish prayers.…

Happy 10th Anniversary JMWC !!

The Jewish Music Web Center is celebrating 10 years online this month!
My first research bibliography and organized list of Jewish websites appeared in February, 1997. I went live with the domain name the following February– making this our 10th anniversary year. In 1997, there were fewer than 75 websites devoted to Jewish music. Today, there are hundreds. The astounding growth of the Internet has allowed connections to people devoted to Jewish music all over the world.

Thank you ALL for a wonderful 10 years!


–Boston, MA

When You Lie Down and When You Rise Up CD Release

whenyouliedownCantor Judy Greenfeld has released a new CD “When You Lie Down and When You Rise Up” which is a collection modern day renewal-style melodies to prayers for the beginning and end of the day. Each song is based primarily upon traditional texts which are set to new music. Cantor Greenfeld, Gordon Lustig, Meir Finkelstein and Sheryl Braunstein are the featured composers on the album. The album has spoken text of prayer as well as traditional texts helping listeners to have guided focus on the meanings of the prayers. Cantor Greenfeld has a wonderful, clear voice which is especially suited to the new age, quiet, relaxing music prevalent on the album. This is not an album geared toward children, although it is appropriate for them with a warm and friendly sound.…

Strauss/Warschauer Duo play fat Jewish War Veterans

Stauss Warshauer DuoJewish War Veterans Stuyvesant-Cooper Post 235 invites you, your family and
your friends to our fourth-annual free and open-to-the- public klezmer
concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2007. The concert will be held at Town &
Village Synagogue, 334 East 14th Street near First Avenue. Doors open at 2:45 p.m.

Headlining the concert again will be the internationally acclaimed
Strauss/Warschauer Duo of Deborah Strauss and Jeff Warschauer. Also performing are
three local ensembles: The Columbia University Klezmer Band, Generation K and the
Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Workshop.


Sunday FEB 4th
at 10:30 am
at the Metro Theater 4
in Santa Barbara

We are grateful to all of you, that helped us be chosen out of hundreds of film at this great festival to have an additional screening.
Enter the funny, larger-than-life world of Yiddish Theater through this documentary film about the amazing woman who has kept the oldest running Yiddish Theater in America alive. Zypora Spaisman is a Holocaust survivor who
conquers all hearts in her passion for art, lifeand Yiddish.
This heartwarming story of one unique woman’s struggle portrays the fight
of both an old art form to stay relevant and an old actress to find mean ing and a stage in a society that worships youth.…

Lorin Sklamberg in California in Feburary

Lorin Sklamberg
Monday February 12 at 8pm
Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 North Lake
Altadena, CA 91001
Solo show!

Thursday February 15 at 8pm
Red Yiddish Salon
6522 Hollywood Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Informal talk about the YIVO Sound Archives and the Klezmatics with
recorded and live music.

Saturday February 17 7:30pm
Acoustic Music San Diego
4650 Mansfield Street
San Diego, CA 92116
Solo show!

Sunday February 18 at 10am
Congregation Shaarei Torah
550 South Second Avenue
Arcadia, CA 91006
Solo show!

For updates, go to

Composition Competition

American Recorder Society ▪ Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet
Composition Competition

The American Recorder Society, in collaboration with the Amsterdam
Loeki Stardust Quartet (ALSQ), is pleased to announce its composition
competition for recorder music. The competition’s goal is to expand
the recorder quartet repertoire with new music for professional recorder
players by composers from the United States and Canada.

Further information on ALSQ is available
on their web site:


Mimi Stern-Wolfe Artistic Director
FEEDBACK: Jazz & Pop Influences on Contemporary Music
works by:
ERWIN SCHULHOFF: Hot Sonata for saxophone and piano
RAY GREEN: Holiday for Four for viola, clarinet , bassoon and piano
MAURICE RAVEL: Blues Movement from Violin & Piano Sonata
PAUL SCHOENFIELD: Cafe Musique for Piano Trio
MARTY EHRLICH & Friends: Jazz compositions

PERFORMERS: Lori Berkowitz, vliola; Gili Sharett, bassoon; David Hopkins, clarinet ; Marilyn Dubow, violin
Downtown Chamber Trio : Rieko Kawabata, violin; Daniel Barrett, cello
Mimi Stern-Wolfe, piano;
Special Guests: MARTY EHRLICH, saxophone & friends
St. Marks in the Bowery (Tenth Street & Second Avenue)
Suggested Donation: $10; sen/stu/$8; 212 4771594