Monthly Archives: January 2008

Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom Presents Sephardic Melody

On February 2 at 1pm, in Schnurmacher Chapel, Chamber Music at Rodeph
Sholom will celebrate Sephardic Melody, a rich cultural heritage
expressed both in contemporary music and traditional, which blends
influences from the Iberian Peninsula, North Africa, Turkey, Greece,
and the Mediterranean. Guest artists, Paul Woodiel, on fiddle, and
guitarist Steve Gibb join cellist Eliot Bailen and flutist Susan
in a program of Sephardic instrumental and vocal
interpretations both ancient and new, including music from the 19th
century collections of Emanuel Aguilar, the pianist composer, and
brother of the remarkable author and Jewish historian Grace Aguilar.
Chamber Music at Rodeph Sholom, under the artistic direction of Eliot
Bailen, highlights both the best of the chamber music repertory and
our Jewish heritage in music in a series of free community concerts.…

Klezmer in Charlottesville, VA

internationally acclaimed clarinetist Joel Rubin and tsimbalist
Pete Rushefsky will be offering a rare evening of klezmer and hasidic duets
Tues., Jan. 29, 2008, 7:00 pm, at the Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville.

The duo will perform Eastern European Jewish instrumental klezmer music and
hasidic nigunim (religious melodies of spiritual elevation), including
material from Midnight Prayer, recorded in Budapest with the 8-piece
international Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble for the New York label,
Traditional Crossroads (2007), the forthcoming Nign of Reb Mendel
Futterfass, and other projects.

For more information, see

Italian Jewish Music in Montclair

Montclair State University, in Montclair New Jersey, will host a
semester-long Italian Festival of the Arts and Humanities, which will include a few
events of Jewish music.

April 1:
Lecture: Jewish Musical Activity in Northern Italy
Lydia Cevidalli and Simonetta Heger, Milan Verdi Conservatory
* Tuesday April 1, 2008
* 8:30 am
Location: University Hall, Room 1010

Featuring visiting scholars Lydia Cevidalli, chamber and orchestral performer and violin professor at the Milan Verdi Conservatory; and Simonetta Heger, soloist and piano and harpsichord professor at the Milan Verdi Conservatory. Part of the Italian Festival of the Arts and Humanities, “An Italian Sense of Place.”

April 3
Concert: The Splendor of Italian Music under the Star of David
featuring the Ensemble Salomone Rossi and guests
* Thursday April 3, 2008
* 7:30 pm
Location: Alexander Kasser Theater
Cost: Call the Box Offce
RSVP: 973-655-5112

April 8:
Lecture: Between Ghetto and Emancipation- Musical Traditions of Italian Jews
Francesco Spagnolo, music curator and author
* Tuesday April 8, 2008
* 1:00 pm
Location: University Hall, Room 1040
Featuring Francesco Spagnolo, music curator and lecturer at the University of California at Santa Cruz.…

Ocala Cantorial Concert: Israel at 60 Melodies of Milk & Honey

The Fourth Annual Cantorial Concert is being held in Ocala, Florida.
This year’s exciting theme, “Israel at 60:
Melodies of Milk & Honey,” is part of a world-wide, year long celebration of
Israel’s 60th birthday. Presented by Temple Beth Shalom and starring
Cantor/Rabbi Samuel Dov Berman, this community wide concert will be held at
4:00 pm on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 NE
Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.

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This unforgettable musical event to benefit the programs and activities of
Temple Beth Shalom, will highlight 60 years of Israel’s musical gems.
Featured performers include guest cantors & cantorial vocalists, Cantor
Harold Orbach
of Detroit, Cantor Deborah Jacobson and Joy Katzen-Guthrie,
both of Palm Harbor, Dale Berman of Ocala and Steve Berman of Los Vegas and
more special guests.…

Edwin Geist music at Italian National Holocaust Remembrance Day

The music of Edwin Geist, a composer who was murdered by the Nazis, will be performed for the first time in the USA. There will be a screening and discussion of the film, Musica Concentrationaria (with English subtitles) by Francesco Lotoro (a member of Allgenerations).

American Jewish Committee • The Consulate General of Israel
The Consulate General of Italy • Dante Alighieri Society Proudly Presents A Commemoration of

Italian National Holocaust Remembrance Day

A Screening and Discussion of the Film
Musica Concentrationaria
Interviews, documents and original score
In original languages with English subtitles
By Francesco Lotoro
Free and open to the public
Please RVSP to the Dante 617-876-5160, seating is limited
RSVP to 617-457-8700 or
41 Hampshire Street, Cambridge, MA

Klezmer & Hassidic Music in Providence

Fishel Bresler & Shelley Katsh
Klezmer & Hassidic Music
at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House in Providence
Three more shows, the last Saturdays of the Months
Jan. 26, 2008, & Feb. 23, 2008 — 8:00pm – 10 PM
Mar. 29, 2008 show starts at 8:30-10:30
Admission $9

Very easy to get to, the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House is at 209 Douglas Ave, 5
minutes from the Providence Marriot: Right on Orms, across the bridge over
95 , first right onto Douglas Ave. We’re one half mile down on the right, just
past the 95S entrance. For more specific directions go to
or call 575-2284 weekday mornings.

Three Hip Performers and One Timeless Culture

On Saturday, January 19, 2008, 8 PM, at Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, three
acclaimed klezmer musicians in a rare West Coast appearance, Michael Alpert (Brave
Old World) and the Strauss/Warschauer Duo will entertain with great music and
share their experiences of rekindling Yiddish creativity in the Old Country and
Sharing the spotlight will be Sinai’s own Cantor Arianne Brown and a special guest
from Warsaw, Daniel Strehlau, award-winning filmmaker and founding director of the
Warsaw Jewish Film Festival (which recently had its 5th Edition).
Enjoy this unique evening of beautiful music and stimulating
General Admission: $18; CIYCL Members: $15; Students: $8
Seating Limited. Reservations recommended at 310-745-1190 or
Venue Address: Sinai Temple, Kohn Chapel, 10400 Wilshire Blvd. (at Beverly Glen),
Los Angeles.…

Koleinu Winter Concert in Brookline, MA

Koleinu, Boston’s Jewish Community Chorus, will present a concert at Temple Beth Zion on
Sunday afternoon, Jan. 27, at 4 pm. The concert is free, but donations will
be gladly accepted.
Featuring repertoire from the Turkish, Spanish and Yemenite selections. Also performances of works by Aaron Copeland and Yehezkel Braun.

Temple Beth Zion
1566 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA

Temple Beth Zion is accessible by “T”, the MBTA Green Line C Train. Use the Fairbanks stop
Walk up the stairs to the outbound (west) side of Beacon Street. TBZ is on the right.

Concert Exceptionnel de Musique Juive

Le Président Gérard UZAN
& les membres de la Communauté Administrative
De Nogent, le Perreux, Bry,
Ont l’Immense Plaisir de Vous Convier
Le 19 janvier 2008 a 20h15 (Samedi soir – Motsé Chabbat Paracha BECHALA’H)
Au Concert Exceptionnel de Musique Juive
Au profit du projet de la Maison de la Culture Juive de Nogent

Récital Présenté par M Daniel SANDLER
En partenariat avec l’A.P.A.C
En présence de Son Excellence, David KORNBLUTH
Ambassadeur d’Israël auprès de l’Unesco

Grand Rabbin de Paris,

Président du Consistoire de Paris,

Des Autorités Civiles De Nogent, le Perreux, Bry,

Avec les Artistes,

Raphaël COHEN
Cantor de la SYNAGOGUE Education Sinaï

Le célèbre Hazan Raphaël Cohen s’est passionné de musique juive dès son enfance.…


New CD Release: Ya’ale is for sale through CDBaby –

With Ya’ale, her first solo recording, Shaina Ettel expresses her love of Torah and song. She brings a fresh approach to traditional Jewish music. She captures the heart and soul of Chabad niggunim. The songs are powerful . The CD comes with
an 8 page insert with text in English and Hebrew. Shaina Ettel’s voice has an “ethereal” quality and has been compared to Judy Collins, or Sarah Brightman. This CD, consists of 13 selections with
Shaina Ettel accompanied by both piano and full orchestration.

Shaina Ettel grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is a professionally trained
vocalist, and has performed in many concerts and shows. She made Aliyah 2½ years
ago and presently lives in the picturesque Nachlaot neighborhood.…

The Dybbuk Project Opens in Montreal

January 24 and 26. workshops. Montreal
JANUARY 24TH AND 26TH 2008 AT 7:30 P.M.
TEL. 514-739-2301 FAX 514-739-9340
The Dybbuk Project, opera by Ofer Ben Amots.
Sheri Wills, scenery.

Based on the classic Jewish play by S. Ansky, this new 3-Act opera
features renowned international artists, and combines music, drama,
dance, realtime video projections, and more. The world premiere of
this production will be held in Montreal at the Segal Centre for
Performing Arts. The Dybbuk has been often described as Romeo &
Juliet meets The Exorcist. Indeed, the play?s subtitle, Between Two
Worlds, indicates the duality, which is both the center and source of
the haunting drama of life vs. death, demonic vs.…

Women’s Music at the Jerusalem Folk Club

Following the huge success of the last performances, professional female performers requested to present their new CDs in front of the Ladies only Jerusalem Folk Club.
It will take place on Motsaei Shabbat Yitro, Saturday 26.1, 8PM, at the Noam school, 32 Rabbi Chaim Vital, Kiryat Moshe.

8.00- 8.30 MC Rachael Orbach (clarinet, sax, flute ) duo with Sarah Cordish (bassoon ) with Klezmer and the CD Batsheva. You can hear some of it on

8.30- 9.00 Devora Gila from Bat Ayin with her CD, Hodu Lashem: A rich tapestry of melodies, meditative and danceable rhythms, and inspiring themes.

9:00- 9:30 Tsiporah Dagan, from Tekoa, Soul Blues, Shirei Kodesh

9:30-10.00 Melave Malka, refreshments, food and Divrei Torah Rabbanit Aliza Levanon

10:00 Talia Applebaum, from Beitar, with her CD, Flashes in the Darkness, folk, jazz, blues, ragtime and ethnic funk !…


Albuquerque’s annual Klezmer music and dance festival celebrates its sixth year over
Presidents’ Day weekend.

The Southwest’s annual celebration
of Klezmer music and dance, KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008, will present a weekend of concerts,
dance parties, classes, and a lunch with music featuring world-renowned klezmer
artists as well as many local artists. The annual event will take place from
February 15-17 (Friday evening through Sunday afternoon) at Albuquerque’s
Congregation Nahalat Shalom which is located on 3606 Rio Grande Blvd. NW (between
Candelaria & Griegos).

KLEZMERQUERQUE 2008 welcomes back by popular demand the klezmer dance master from
Chicago- Steve Weintraub, who teaches and performs klezmer and East European Jewish
dance at workshops around the world. Steve will perform on Friday and Saturday
evenings in addition to teaching two dance workshops on Saturday and one on Sunday.…

Chicken Soup for the Ears

Sunday January 13, 2008 & Sunday February 10, 2008 1- 4pm
Come and join the London Klezmer Collective’s second-Sunday jam at the Cross
Kings, between 1 and 4pm.

While you’re playing (don’t forget to bring a tune to share) 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. For more klezmer information and sheet music for
tunes we might play visit
Entry: £1 donation towards publicity costs.…

Symphony No. 4 Homage in memory of the Holocaust

The 24th. of January 2008, at 9, PM , there will be a premiere
performance of Alfono Rega,’s Symphony n°4 in 6 movements written
as a homage in memory of the Holocaust. This event will take place at the Conservatory of Milan contemporaneously with the inauguration of the Holocaust Museum situated in the railway station. of Milan, Italy.

The concert is free. It will be on behalf of the Associazione Luciano Elmo
Onlus in memory of Luciano Elmo, who was a Lawyer, sent in
concentration camp and the only survivor of his group.
He is recalled for having save a great number of Jews, and received military decorations several times.

The Symphony The Holocaust brings back to present days tonal and romantic
music, has been recorded some weeks ago in Milan and will be performed by the
Cantelli Orchestra, one of the most famous Orchestra of Milan, together with the
Costanzo Porta Choir of Cremona.…

Merkin Hall features Feinsmith NY Premieres

On January 19, 2008 at 8pm, the Francisco based Feinsmith Quartet
(, founded by New Yorker Daniel David Feinsmith makes it
New York Debut at the Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall (129 West 67th Street).
Known for its powerful new sound with an ecstatic spiritual bent, the Feinsmith
Quartet will appear in this one-night-only concert with special guest Scott
. A super-group in the most complete sense of the term, the Feinsmith
Quartet features Jennifer Culp on cello, Michael Manring on bass, Gyan Riley on
guitar, and Christopher Taylor on piano. The group will perform original
compositions by founder and artistic director Feinsmith, guitarist Riley and bassist
Manring. Tickets are $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Student and senior advance
tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door.…

Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Ensemble Open House

The Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Ensemble will be holding a free open house on Tuesday,
January 15, 2008 at 7 PM.
Led by famed klezmer musician Jeff Warschauer
Free Open house: Tuesday, January 15, from 7-9 PM
Six paid sessions, Tuesdays at 7 PM: January 22 and 29, February 5, 12, 19 and 26
*Play wonderful music while making new friends and having a great time!

* Open to all instrumentalists who play and read music at at least an intermediate

* Study with an internationally recognized master instructor

* Learn tunes from the diverse klezmer tradition

* Develop tools for improvisation

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).…

And the Trains Kept Coming . . . to The Prophets

Cantata Singers & Ensemble
David Hoose, Music Director

World Premiere: Lior Navok‘s
And the Trains Kept Coming . . .
Cantata Singers Commission
Kurt Weill: The Prophets from The Eternal Road
First Boston performance

Friday, January 18, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 20, 2008 at 3 p.m.
New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall,
30 Gainsborough St., Boston


Available at
TICKETS: $54, $34, & $20; $5 discount for WGBH members. $15 for students and seniors
(section C tickets only).
Limited student rush tickets available 30 min. before concert time with $10 cash and
student ID.

Jordan Hall Box Office
30 Gainsborough Street in Boston
(617-585-1260) or BosTix at Faneuil Hall & Copley Square.