Monthly Archives: February 2008

“Common Chords II”: A Celebration of Muslim and Jewish Music

“Common Chords II”: A Celebration of Muslim and Jewish Music is a concert occuring
at Temple Beth Sholom (401 Roslyn Rd, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577) on Saturday night,
3/1/2008 at 7:30 pm (5:30 pm for Mincha/Ma’ariv, followed by a 6:30 pm Lite Bite
Middle Eastern Cafe). If you haven’t heard the music of Salman Ahmad of the musical
group Junoon & world leading klezmer artist Yale Strom, then you’re missing
something… You can get an idea about their styles by going to their respective web
sites: and

If your kids and teens were not planning on attending this concert, have them listen
to the music on-line, I bet they’ll want to go!!! These performers are more often
at college campuses, central park, the UN General Assembly, and together they
combine sufi-rock with klezmer, jazz, and Sephardic motifs.…

Songs of Life Festival in Bulgaria and Israel

The Songs of Life Festival will be held in
Israel and Bulgaria from Nov 21 – Dec 1, 2008. The festival will feature the Sacred
by Ernest Bloch.

The festival marks the 65th anniversary of the heroic rescue of 50,000 Bulgarian
Jews during World War II and serves as a celebration of the preservation of life.

Individual performers as well as choirs are invited to perform in the festival.
Performers will sing Bloch s Sacred Service in Bulgaria and Israel. The 12-day
itinerary also allows for individual presentations by guest choirs and opportunities
for sightseeing and guided tours. Auditors are also invited to attend the festival
and participate in the tours.

Please join in this celebration of thanksgiving that will impact generations to

The website has information on how to join the tour, and information about the conductor, the organizers and the itinerary and costs, and planned concert performances.…

HOT, HIP AND HEYMISH with the Queen of Yiddish Soul

Congregation Sinai presents
Piano Accompaniment byGRANT STURIALE
Sunday, February 24th
at 2:00 PM
at Congregation Sinai, 1532 Willowbrae Avenue in San Jose, California

Join Tony Award Nominee Eleanor Reissa for a celebration of the vitality of Yiddish
music and humor. You don’t need to understand Yiddish to appreciate the joy and
warmth of this unique soulful language. The show seamlessly blends passionate folk
songs, classics of the Second Avenue Theater, and stirring expressions of love,
piousness, and protest.

Tickets are only $36.00 $25.00 for Seniors 65 and over $18.00 for Kids 18.00 and
under $75.00 for Supporters (includes a CD and preferred seating) $500.00 for Patrons
(includes a CD, preferred seating, and a party at the home of Maureen Ellenberg
with a performance by Miss Reissa in a warm, intimate setting)
For reservations please call
(408) 264-8542

– Sheldon Harnick, lyricist of Fiddler on The Roof

– 1010 WINS Radio

-The New York Daily News…

Klezmer & Hassidic Music at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House

Fishel Bresler & Shelley Katsh – Klezmer & Hassidic Music
at the Brooklyn Coffee & Tea House in Providence, RI
Two more shows, the last Saturdays of the Months-
Feb. 23rd– 8:00 – 10 PM – Admission $9
March 29th starts 8:30 PM

It’s 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
call 575-2284 weekday mornings.


the CD released by the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus

conducted by Binyumen Schaechter
is now available on CD BABY,
For those
who love Yiddish music,
who love choral music,
who love great music,
who love an excellent recording!

The 32-page booklet that comes with the CD
has the complete texts in Yiddish, transliteration, and
in English translation.
and click on new arrivals / world / yiddish
or click on

Pro Musica Hebraica Started

Pro Musica Hebraica Logo
Jim Loeffler announces the news that the Pro Musica Hebraica will launch their inaugural concert.
The new organization has website with details about the upcoming April concert at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC featuring the musicians of the Juilliard School with a guest appearance by Itzhak

Pro Musica Hebraica Inaugural Concert
The Musicians of The Juilliard School featuring Itzhak Perlman

The Terrace Theater
The Kennedy Center
Washington, DC
Thursday, April 10, 7:30 PM
For ticket info:

Clarinet Forum

Merlin Sheperd is moderating a brand new
section of the Greek and Turkish clarinet forum, dedicated to Klezmer
Subjects currently under scrutiny include: Ornamentation, Phrasing, Tonality, Timbre and general technical section
Vocal Ornaments transferred to instrumental playing Repertoire, Genres and Crossover.

CD Release ‘Bessarabian Hop’

This Sunday February 17 2008 Michael Winograd is the releasing the new CD ‘Bessarabian Hop’
The CD release party will take place at the
Workmen’s Circle @ 8pm
doors @ 7ish
45 E.33rd Street, $10
Sunday 2/17

w/ Joey Weisenberg – mandolin
Patrick Farrell – accordion
Pete Rushefsky – tsimbl
Daniel Blacksberg – trombone
Nick Cudahy -bass
Richie Barshay – percussion

Michael Alpert and Judith Berkson – vocals

Michael Winograd – clarinet

and guests

there will be singing!
there will be dancing
there will be eating!
there will be blowing! (specifically for the clarinet and trombone)
there will be hitting! (specifically for the tsimbl and percussion)
there will be bowing!
there will be squeezing and plucking!
there will be SPECIAL GUESTS!
there will be NORMAL GUESTS!…

Treasures of the YIVO Sound Archives

Treasures of the YIVO Sound Archives
With Lorin Sklamberg (Max and Frieda Weinstein Archives of Sound Recordings)

A fascinating survey of YIVO’s audio holdings. Examples will include rare commercial
and private audio and video recordings of Yiddish folk, theater and art songs, cantorial
and klezmer music.

Wednesdays, March 19-26 and April 2, 2008, 7:00-8:30 PM

$90 ($75 for YIVO members)

Join Zamir Choral Foundation Tour of Israel

Join the Zamir Choral Foundation as it celebrates Israel’s Birthday with a
“Israel @ 60” Concert Tour & Mission for singers & non-singers for first-time and repeat visitors
August 10-17, 2008
Mission includes:
3 nights at the Carlton Hotel in Tel Aviv
♫ 3 nights at the Sheraton Plaza Hotel in Jerusalem
Hotels based on double occupancy (single occupancy option based on availability)
Guided tours of the North and South
Entrance fees
Presentations by leading Israeli experts
2 evening meals, Shabbat dinner, and daily Israeli breakfast
Daily concerts to include Jerusalem Theatre, Einav Center in Tel Aviv and other
Gratuities for meals listed above, bus drivers, tour guides and chamber maids
Portage at hotels
Round trip flights on El Al and transfers to/from hotels
Application form and information available
at the
Zamir Choral Foundation web site:


TANGELE : La pulsation du tango yiddish

Lloïca Czakis: chant, Juan Lucas Aisemberg: violon, Ivo De Greef: piano.
Dimanche 24 février 2008 à la Cité Bleue, Genève
à 11h : Conférence – entrée libre
à 17h : Concert
tarifs: 30.- ; Tarif réduit (AVS; étudiants, etc): 20.-
Réduction supplémentaire de 10.- aux membres AMJ
Réservation: 022/344.64.09 ou
informations: et

‘Tangele’ est un néologisme qui signifie ‘cher petit tango’ et fait état de la
rencontre de deux cultures: la chanson yiddish et le tango.
Ce spectacle présente un répertoire original, crée dans les théâtres yiddish de
Buenos Aires et de New York vers 1930, et relate son voyage jusque dans les ghettos
et les camps de concentration.

Tangele est un hommage à l’art de survivre et de se réinventer. Conçu par Lloïca
Czackis après son coup de foudre pour la culture yiddish, le projet a été récompensé
par le JMI Millennium Award (Londres 2002), et a été suivi de publications, de
conférences et de nombreux concerts à Londres, Brighton, Nottingham, Paris,
Bruxelles, Vienne, Berlin, Francfort, Boston, New York et Los Angeles.…

New Live Music — Silent Film

Sunday 17th February 2008 at 4pm
SCORE: East and West with live music from Lemez Lovas, Rohan Kriwaczek
and Moshikop
Barbican, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
£8.50/£6 conc/£4.50 under 15s from the Barbican ticket office: 0845 120
7527 or

Part of the Barbican’s silent film / live music series, Lemez Lovas,
formerly of Oi Va Voi, directs guest musicians Moshikop and Rohan
in an irreverent live performance of a score for East and West
– especially prepared for the JCC – that played to sell-out audiences in
2005 and 2006.

In Sidney M. Goldin and Ivan Abramson’s silent movie (1923), streetwise
New Yorker Mollie (Molly Picon) travels to her demure cousin’s wedding
in a traditional Polish shtetl. Lovas, Moshikop and Kriwaczek’s cheeky
new score takes us from traditional klezmer to contemporary electronica,
from liturgical melancholy to party pop kitsch and from vaudeville to

Music, Oppression and Exile Conference

Music, Oppression and Exile: The Impact of Nazism on Musical Development in the 20th Century

International Conference, Senate House, University of London, 8-11 April

‘Hitler tore a gaping hole in European culture and the damage has not yet
been repaired’. Nick Kimberley, The Observer, 2002.

With four days of papers from across the world this conference is set to be
one of the most significant symposia ever held on the subject. It will also
include sessions with families of the composers affected and presentations
from archives where their material is housed.

There will be films introduced by the makers We Want the Light on Music in
by Christopher Nupen and Music in Terezin by Simon Broughton.

The conference at the University of London will be followed on 12 and 13
April by two days of concerts, films and public lectures on Music in Exile,
presented by the Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto at the
Cadogan Hall.…

Becoming Hirschhorn Revises and Renews

Linda Hirschhorn Becoming AlbumThere are some memorable albums that reflect a newer and older generation in popular music, Natalie Cole singing a “duet” with her father, electronically created using his original vocal. Here, Linda Hirschhorn revisits not a parent, but herself as the child of the parent, or, maybe vice versa. Putting down harmonies, and fuller tracks with some of her older songs recorded in the 1980s. Hirschhorn, along with some of her friends and daughter, revisits not only herself, but a generational change in American contemporary music. And why do we need more now? Is simplicity not enough? Here, depth in meaning is just as necessary to the spiritual and emotional needs of the generation today, and Hirschhorn gathers her own strength to capture that in a variety of styles.…

Israeli Extravaganza in San Francisco

Saturday, February 9th 7:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Congregation Beth Israel-Judea
625 Brotherhood Way,
near Highway 280 and Lake Merced,
San Francisco 94132-2992

Enjoy live Israeli folk music with Achi Ben Shalom, leader of the band Adama, who is
also musical director of the Nigunim choral ensemble and the East Bay Jewish Folk
Chorus. Guided Israeli folk dance instruction will be provided by Bruce Bierman,
artistic director of the Jewish Dance Theatre. Lyrics to the songs in the first set
will be projected onto a screen so non-dancers can sing along if they like.

In the second music set, experience the new sound of young Israeli music as
performed by the popular Israeli Band Kol Creation, with Lior Ben-Hur and Yaniv

PHP release new CD Hodu

The band PHP just released their debut album “HODU” with Sameach music.
Check out The website features pictures, sound bites and there’s video to download. The band is not sure what PHP stands for, — but in analog-land it might be called a pretty hot platter.

Fifth Annual Klezmer Concert at Town and Village Synagogue

There’ll be dancing in the aisles at the Fifth Annual Klezmer Concert at Town and
Village Synagogue
with the Strauss/Warschauer Duo, Columbia Klezmer Band,
the Temple Beth Israel Intergenerational Klezmer Band, and the Workmen’s Circle
Klezmer Ensemble!
Sunday February 3, 2008 at 3 PM

Manhattan-Cooper Post 1 Jewish War Veterans of the U.S.A. presents its Fifth-Annual
Klezmer Concert featuring the internationally acclaimed Strauss/Warschauer Duo,
the Columbia University Klezmer Band, the Temple Beth Israel Intergenerational Klezmer
Band and the Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Workshop!
3 p.m. Sunday, February 3
Doors open at 2:45 p.m.
One dollar per person donation requested
Town & Village Synagogue 334 East 14th Street (near First Avenue)
For more information please contact: (212) 477-3131

A Time for Peace in LA

What: A Time for Peace – An Inspirational evening of sacred Sufi
music from the Turkish and Pakistani traditions and devotional
music from the Moroccan-Jewish and Yemenite-Jewish music

Who: The Yuval Ron Ensemble, featuring Najwa Gibran, vocal
soloist, with appearance by Whirling Dervish of the Melevi
Order- Aziz.

Where: Islamic Center of Southern California 434 S. Vermont
Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90021. The Location of the Concert is a
sacred space! The public is asked to attend dressed in a
manner, which is respectful and appropriate for a place of

When: Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 7:30pm

Money: tickets are $20 at the door, no advanced sales.

Info: Tel: 310-415-6747 or Calendar
page at

Southern California Choral Symposium and Concert

Micael Isaacson
Sunday, March 9th, 2008
Symposium: 3:00 p.m.
Concert: 7:00 p.m.

Presentations and discussion by leading Los Angeles scholars and clergy exploring
the significance of Angels in contemporary civilization – followed by a concert
featuring music inspired by Angels through the ages.

The evening Concert (7:00 p.m.) conducted by Dr. Nick Strimple, Director of Music at
BHPC and member of the faculty of The Thornton School of Music at the University of
Southern California, will feature the Choral Society of Southern California, the LA
Zimriyah Chorale and the BHPC Chancel Choir. Noted vocal soloists include baritone
Cale Olson, mezzo-soprano Catherine Cooper, and Cantor Ira Bigeleisen. Music for the
extraordinary evening are works inspired by Angels in classical and contemporary
compositions by Handel, Tchaikovsky, Rothblum, Isaacson and Strimple.…


Zemel Choir
Zemel Choir
Do you enjoy singing? Come and Celebrate…
Come and Sing 10 Centuries of Jewish Music
Join us for workshops and a concert at St John’s, Smith Square
Open to Intermediate and Experienced Choristers
Sponsored by the Zemel Choir and The Spiro Ark

Sunday 1st June 2008: Workshops and voice-training
Sunday 15th June 2008: Workshops and Concert
Price £30 (to include entry to concert)
Price £25 if booked before April 30th
To register, or for further information, call 020 8236 0317
(evenings), or email
Sponsored by the Harold Hyam Wingate Foundation
And with the support of The Jewish Music Institute

Come and share with us in the joy of Jewish choral music.
The workshop leaders: …read more….


Montreal, QC – KlezKanada presents a World-Class Klezmer Concert and Dance Party.
The event takes place Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 9pm at Kola Note (5240 Avenue
du Parc, Montreal).
KlezKanada, Canada’s largest organization dedicated to Yiddish/Jewish culture and
the arts, brings an evening of music and dance to Montreal’s historic Jewish
neighbourhood. KlezKanada is known for exciting events that appeal to all ages and interests. The
event is part of KlezKanada’s Winter-Session, a weekend of workshops, cabarets,
jam sessions and performances. This exciting evening features a line-up of internationally acclaimed klezmer

Doors will open at 8:30 pm, the show will commence at 9 pm. General admission tickets
$20, student tickets $10. Available at the door. For sponsorship tickets, please
call 514.993.2842. A partial tax receipt will be issued.…