Monthly Archives: March 2007

Givatron Choir to Receive Israel Prize

Founded in 1948, a kibbutz choir called Givatron has been named to receive the Israel Prize, announced Education Minister Yuli Tamir on Sunday. The Israel Prize will be awarded on Israel’s Independence Day. Founded in Kibbutz Geva, the choir’s generations of singers and musicians have produced 26 albums. For many Israelis, their music became ’emblematic of modern Zionism.’ The Israel Prize Committee judges announced that this year’s lifetime achievement award would go to the Givatron because “In a world dominated by fads …the band and their repertoire have been for a long time a unique and significant phenomenon to their young listeners, as well as previous generations. A thousand singing groups and bands followed in its tracks and have enriched Israeli culture – its heritage.”

Rita Glassman “Journey to Shabbat” CD

Rita Glassman, the Cantor of Congregation Sherith Israel in San Francisco, has released a new CD “Journey to Shabbat”. Rita is the composer and singer of an interpretive chant of the Hebrew prayer “Shema.” Her recording of the Shema, accompanied by the talented Jai Uttal and Geoffrey Gordon, can be heard on the CD-Sacred World Chants on the ‘Soundings of the Planet’ label. Her newest “Journey to Shabbat” CD was recorded in
Sherith Israel’s sanctuary and is filled to the brim with “warmth, heart and soul.”
The elegant instrumental arrangements (use of percussion, guitar, mandolin,
clarinet, flute) are a great compliment to Rita’s voice, often compared to that of Chava Alberstein, Enya and Loreena McKennit. This recording is a preparation for Shabbat, taking one “on a spiritual journey to greater
connectedness with this day of renewal, meditation, and celebration.” cultures.…

Rodeph Sholom Chamber Music Features Music of Schulhoff, Mendelssohn and Ginastera

New York City’s Congregation Rodeph Sholom
Presents Free Chamber Music Concerts for the Community
in Schnurmacher Chapel

On March 24th at 1 pm, Congregation Rodeph Sholom Chamber Music
Series will present its second concert featuring world class
musicians in the congenial and intimate setting of the Schnurmacher
Chapel. Guest artists Susan Rotholz, flute, Mayuki Fukuhara and
Andrea Schultz, violins, Sarah Adams, viola, and Eliot Bailen, cello
and Artistic Director, will perform works by Felix Mendelssohn
(1809-1847), Ervin Schulhoff (1894-1942), and Alberto Ginastera
(1916-1983). The free concert is open to the public at Congregation
Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street, New York. For more information,
call 212 362-8800, x1337 or email
The March 24th program features flute and string quartets in works
ranging from the 19th century Classic-Romantic tradition of
Mendelssohn to the Schoenberg influenced 20th century Expressionistic

New Mexico’s Congregation Has Soaring Heart

Albuquerque New Mexico’s Congregation Nahalat Shalom presents Rabbi David Zaslow and
Rabbi Shefa Gold in “Soaring Souls/New Mexico’s Congregation A Weekend of Prayer and Song.”

Albuquerque, New Mexico. From Friday evening, April 6th through
Saturday evening, April 7th Congregation Nahalat Shalom in Albuquerque New Mexico
will present Rabbi David Zaslow and Rabbi Shefa Gold in a weekend of prayer and
song. The event will open on Friday evening, April 6th with a Kabbalat Shabbat
service. On Saturday, April 7th there are 3 events: A Shabbat Service starting at
10AM, a study session at 2PM and at 7PM there will be Havdallah and a family concert
with music, poetry and storytelling. All events are free and open to everyone and
will take place at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, which is located at 3606 Rio Grande

Study Jewish Music at SOAS

The School of Oriental and African Studies, part of the University of
London, offers unique opportunities for the study of Jewish musics.

The SOAS Music department runs BA, MMus and PhD degree programmes; all focus
on world music, with the opportunity to specialize in regional traditions
including Jewish musics, and to receive high- level training in performance.
In the BA, Music can be combined with language studies, Development Studies,
Anthropology and many other academic disciplines, while PhD projects can be
practice-led, fieldwork-based, or theoretical.

SOAS is the only university in the UK with a dedicated lectureship in Jewish
music, established in memory of the late Jewish bandleader Joe Loss z”l.
Course options include a survey of Jewish musics, specialised units in
klezmer and in Israeli pop, individual research projects, and Jewish
performance options.…

Mikveh Music and More in Boston

Sunday March 25, 2007. Boston, MA 3pm.
3:00 PM – Mayyim Hayyim’s Signature Chocolate and Champagne Reception in the Back Bay Grand Ballroom
4:00 PM – Performance: Mikveh, Music and More in the John Hancock Hall
“Mikveh, Music and More” will be held at the John Hancock Hall in Boston’s Back Bay. Every seat is a great seat – reserve early! John Hancock Hall is located at 180 Berkeley Street in Boston. There will be parking available at nearby lot for $6 or free street parking.
Debbie Friedman,
Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, Peri Smilow, The Allards, Jeff Klepper and
Josh Nelson
will be performing. With NEW music by all of the above-and by
Danny Maseng, Craig Taubman, and Julie Silver (who unfortunately, won’t be
attending). Kudos to Josh Nelson who conceived of and directs the
event (and produced a CD of the music).…

Discovering Jewish Music in Paperback

Discovering Jewish Music
By Marsha Bryan Edelman
is now being released in Paperback

You can read a review of this book by the JMWC at

Preview the Preface

Preview excerpts from Chapter 8

Jewish music from the Bible to the present, with musical illustrations
and an audio CD
Most of us have experienced “Jewish music,” whether it’s through
synagogue attendance, a bar mitzvah celebration, a klezmer concert, or
the playing of “Hava Nagila” at a baseball
game. The many different kinds of Jewish music are reflected by the
multitude of Jewish communities throughout the world, each having its
own unique set of experiences and values. This book puts the music into
a context of Jewish history, philosophy, and sociology.

Edelman begins 3,000 years ago, with a discussion of music in the Bible,
and then examines the nature of folk and liturgical music in the three
major Diaspora communities
that evolved over centuries, after the destruction of the Temple in


World Premiere of Symphony 1 by Meira Warshauer in South Carolina

World Premiere Performance of Meira Warshauer Symphony No. 1 Living,
Breathing Earth
by South Carolina Philharmonic on March 24

The World Premiere performance of Meira Warshauer’s Symphony No. 1 –
“Living, Breathing Earth”
will be given by the South Carolina
Philharmonic, Nicholas Smith, Music Director, at 7 PM on Saturday, March
24, 2007 as part of their Master Series 7 concert at the Koger Center
for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street in Columbia, South Carolina.

Tickets for the March 24 concert are $40, $32, $23, $16 and $13. For
tickets and more concert information, please call the South Carolina
Philharmonic box office at 803-254-7445 or visit them online at

“A Night In The Old Marketplace”

A Night in the Old Marketplace PosterFRANK LONDON’S ” A NIGHT IN THE OLD MARKETPLACE”

Ron Caswell, tuba, bass
Brandon Seabrook guitar, banjo, mandolin
Art Bailey keyboards, accordion
Aaron Alexander, drums
And vocalists… La Tanya Hall, Manu Narayan (star of Broadway’s
Bombay Dreams), Craig
Wedren (from Shudder to Think), The Klezmatic’s Lorin Sklamberg and
many others featured on the recording,

“A Night In The Old Marketplace”

CD Release Party:

Monday, March 26th 8pm
Barrow Street Theater
27 Barrow Street
New York

Tickets via Telecharge 212-239-6200 or 800-432-7250
For more information read this POSTER with INFO

Running Time:
75 minutes, with no intermission

May be inappropriate for 10 and under.
Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
Important Notice
Performance begin promptly. Latecomers will not be seated!…

free open house at Workmen’s Circle NY

The Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Ensemble will be holding a free open house next
Tuesday, March 20, at 7 PM.

Led by famed klezmer musician Jeff Warschauer
Free Open house: Tuesday, March 20 from 7-9 PM
Six paid sessions, Tuesdays at 7 PM: March 27, April 17 and 24; May 1, 8 and

* 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

Please note that because of Passover, there will not be sessions on April 1
or 8.

Single session $30. Discount for Workmen’s Circle members and/or attending
all five sessions.…

VIKLARBO Chamber Ensemble

TIME: 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Valley Beth Shalom
ADDRESS: 15739 Ventura Boulevard, Encino 91436
The Jewish Music Commission of LA presents the elite Los Angeles-based VIKLARBO
Chamber Ensemble in a program that includes new American Jewish music by David
Lefkowitz and Maria Newman. Both of these young Los Angeles-based musicians are in
great demand as composers, performers and educators. Also on the evening program are
works by Leonard Bernstein and Robert Schumann.

The ensemble features Maria Newman, Violin; Scott Hosfeld, Viola; Sebastian
Toettcher, cello; Wendy Prober, piano; and Amanda Walker, clarinet.

Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door. For reservations and information, call
Valley Beth Shalom (818) 788-6000 or E-mail

“The Eternal Question (Di Alte Kashe)” New CD Released

Kame’a Media announces the release of “The Eternal Question (Di Alte
Kashe),” a compact disc by Yiddish singer Fraidy Katz. The CD comes with a
24-page booklet of Yiddish text, transliterations, English translations,
songwriter bios — and more.

Produced by Wolf Krakowski and Jim Armenti, TEQ features the musical and
vocal talents of 18 musicians from across the spectrum of Jewish, Americana and World Music.


Thursday 22nd March

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)
Doors Open: 8pm Tickets: £8
Book online at or email
us 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 mark 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 fiddler.
BUKKY LEO: Fela Kuti and Tony Allen’s afro-pioneering horns player.…

Alicia Svigal: It Would have Been Enough, But it Wasn’t. Now there’s More in April at John Zorn’s Stone place

At the Stone in NYC, 2nd St. and Ave C,
Violinist Alicia Svigals, a founder of the Grammy-winning Klezmatics
and the world’s best-known klezmer fiddler, is the curator for the
month of April at the Stone, John Zorn’s performance space on the
Lower East Side of Manhattan.

John Zorn, the composer who was recently awarded a MacArthur genius
grant, opened the Stone to provide a venue for the most creative new
music in New York. Each month he selects a different musician to
curate the series, and for April he asked Svigals to put together a
lineup that would tap into her eclectic and offbeat musical worlds.

The fifty acts Svigals booked revolve around three themes: Jewish
music, virtuoso female instrumentalist/improvisers/composers, and
all kinds of string music, traditional and contemporary.…


Gilbert and Sullivan’s
Di Yam Gazlonim (“The Pirates of Penzance” in Yiddish)
Book and Lyrics by Al Grand
Directed by Allen Lewis Rickman
Musical Direction by Zalmen Mlotek
Starring Jacob Feldman, Stephen Mo Hanan, Genette Lane, Dani Marcus and Steve Sterner
With Ashley Adler, Itzy Firestone, Susanne Kobb, Stuart Marshall, Eyal Sherf,
Allen Lewis Rickman, Yelena Shmulenson-Rickman, Yankl Salant, D. Zhonzinsky

March 18 – April 1

March 18: 2pm & 6pm
March 21: 2pm & 8pm
March 22: 2pm & 8pm
March 24: 8pm
March 25: 2pm & 6pm
March 28: 2pm & 8pm
March 29: 2pm & 8pm
March 31: 8pm
April 1: 2pm

In Yiddish
with English and Russian Translation Supertitles
The Goldman-Sonnenfeldt Family Auditorium
at The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Ave at 76th St

For Tickets and Info call 212-279-4200
or visit (listed under ³Pirates of Penzance in Yiddish)
For information about
The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene, visit us on the web at

Klezmatics in Concert at MFA in Boston

The MFA Concert Program and The Boston Jewish Film Festival are delighted to present The Klezmatics in concert on Sunday, March 11, 7:30pm. The Boston Jewish Film Festival has screened several films over the years for which scores have been written by the Klezmatics, including Jonathan Berman’s The Shvitz (1995 and 1999 Festivals), Pearl Gluck’s Divan (2003 Festival), and Eric Greenberg Anjou’s A Cantor’s Tale (2005 Festival).

Ticket prices: Members, BJFF members, seniors, students $20; nonmembers, general admission $25.
Front-of-house seating, available for an additional $5 at each price level.
Front-of-house seating guarantees general admission seating within the first three rows of Remis Auditorium.
To purchase tickets in advance with a credit card, go to or call the Box Office at least one day in advanceat 617-369-3306.…

“La ISTORIA de PURIM” Jewish Music and Poetry in Renaissance Italy

C.A.I.F. – Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab
I.I.C. – Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Chicago
Ensemble Lucidarium
Jewish Music and Poetry in
Renaissance Italy

The Ensemble Lucidarium, a famous international group of
scholar musicians specialized in the works of the Middle Ages and the
Renaissance, will perform: “La Istoria de Purim,” Jewish music and
poetry from the Italian Renaissance, which was awarded first prize in 2004
by the European Association for Jewish Culture. In the fifteenth and
sixteenth centuries, northern Italy was a meeting place for three
separate Jewish communities: Ashkenazi, Jews coming from
northeastern Europe, Sephardic Jews from the Iberian peninsula, and
Italikim who had been in Italy since the days of the Roman Empire. The
music from this period is characterized by a fertile exchange of
ideas and culture between Jews and gentiles.…