Monthly Archives: December 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.