Monthly Archives: April 2008

Wild Peace: A Gala Concert for Israel’s 60th

Wild Peace: A Gala Concert for Israel’s 60th
Honoring Joyce Bohnen, Zamir alumna and former board chair
Sunday, June 1, 2008
8:00 pm
Sanders Theatre, Cambridge
Join Maestro Joshua Jacobson and the Zamir Chorale of Boston for a celebration of
well-known works and hidden gems by Israel’s greatest composers, including Yehezkel
‘s dramatic “Magash Ha-kesef,” Naomi Shemer‘s mystical “Shirat Ha-asavim,”
Gil Aldema‘s joyous “Ashira Liydiyday,” Moshe Wilensky‘s exuberant “Uri Tsiyon,”
and a rollicking arrangement of Marc Lavry‘s “Shir Ha-Emek.” The evening culminates
with the world premiere of Cantor Charles D. Osborne‘s stunning oratorio for chorus
and orchestra, Like Wildflowers, Suddenly, based on the poem “Wild Peace,” by Israeli
poet Yehudah Amichai.
Tickets from $18; students, $10

or call 617-244-6333.…

Korczak’s Orphans Opera in Brooklyn

The opear, Korczak’s Orphans will be presented by the Opera Company of Brooklyn
Saturday, May 3, 7pm at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue.

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This Yom Hashoah, Stephen Wise Free Synagogue hosts the Opera Company of Brooklyn’s premiere of Korczak’s
. This opera, by composer Adam Silverman and librettist Susan Gubernat, is a
moving, impassioned story based on the life of Janusz Korczak (1878-1942). Directed
by SWFS member Judy Weinstein and member Will Conard performs. Tickets are $25 and can be
purchesed at the door, by calling 212-567-3283 or at
Free to Stephen Wise Free Synagogue (SWFS) Members.
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue(30 West 68th Street, Manhattan; subway: 1 to 66th Street or B/C to 72nd Street).…

Philadelphia Folklore Project Presents Elaine Hoffman Watts & Susan Watts

The Philadelphia Folklore Project Presents: Elaine Hoffman Watts &

Sunday May 11, 2008, doors open at 6 pm
World Cafe Live (www.worldcafelive), 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Tickets $20, or special price of $16 for PFP members through PFP; 215-726-1106.

This special concert promises an unforgettable Mother’s Day
celebration, featuring the outstanding Elaine Hoffman Watts & Susan
mother-daughter team, and their band of klezmer stars from the
east coast and Canada. The concert will feature never before heard
songs from a book compiled in 1927 by Susan’s great-grandfather, Joseph
Hoffman, including his compositions, songs by his son Jake Hoffman, and
other rarely performed Philly tunes in brand-new arrangements by Susan
Watts. The concert will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the

Holocaust Remembrance Day at Museum of Jewish Heritage

WHAT: “Different Trains” Featuring the Israeli Contemporary String Quartet
WHERE: Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
36 Battery Place, Lower Manhattan
WHEN: Sunday, May 4, 2008, 7 p.m.
COST: $15 for adults, $12 for students and seniors, $10 for members

Join the internationally acclaimed Israeli Contemporary String Quartet
(ICSQ) for a moving performance of “Different Trains,” distinguished American
composer Steve Reich’s commemorative Holocaust work, in honor of Yom HaShoah, at the
Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. “Different Trains,”
which The New York Times calls a “work of such astonishing originality that
breakthrough seems the only possible description,” will take place in Edmond J.
Safra Hall at the Museum on Sunday, May 4 at 7 p.m.…

Jazz artist Matt Savage

Jazz composer and Bösendorfer piano artist Matt Savage and his Trio will celebrate his 16th birthday at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, 30 W. 68th Street, NYC, on Saturday, May 10, 2008, at 8 pm with an electrifying performance of award winning original compositions and jazz standards. The concert is free of charge and open to the community. Suggested donations ($20 / $10 students) will benefit Kulanu, or “All of Us,” the innovative weekly course offered by Stephen Wise Free Synagogue, open to all Jewish children who have Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

Alicia at Riverdale Y

Thursday April 24, 2008

Klezmer Reimagined: Alicia Svigals with bassist Nicki Parrott and
pianist Uli Geissendorfer
A forward-looking collaboration between the world’s greatest klezmer
violinist and two top jazz players. Nicki and Uli’s imaginative
responses to Alicia’s klezmer fiddling will offer a fresh
perspective on this ancient and beautiful tradition.

Date: Thursday, April 24
Time: 7:30 PM
Location: Riverdale Y, 5625 Arlington Avenue, Bronx, NY 10471,
(718) 548-8200

Tickets: $18 ($9 for children)

Pre-show kosher-for-Passover dinner available at the Unleavened

Musicians of Lenox Hill to Perform Chamber Music of Jewish Composers

On Monday, April 28 at 8 PM, the Musicians of Lenox
Hill, under the artistic direction of Soo-Kyung Park, will perform Chamber Music
of Jewish Composers at Temple Israel of the City of New York, 112 East 75th Street,
New York City. The concert will feature six extraordinary musicians presenting
familiar as well as new or rarely heard music by composers of Jewish faith or
heritage. The program includes Three Nocturnes for Violin, Cello and Piano by
Ernest Bloch, Duo for Flute and Piano by Aaron Copland, Gershwin s Preludes for
Piano, Trio for Violin, Cello and Piano, No. 1, Op. 49 by Felix Mendelssohn, Window
for Viola and Piano by David Ludwig, Sonata for Cello and Harp, Op. 208 by Mario
Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Arrowhead for Flute, Viola and Harp by Eric Zeizl.…


An Innovative CD, “TWO FAITHS, ONE VOICE,” blending Sephardic and Eastern European folk traditions is being released in May. There will also be a March concert in Vilnius, Lithuania which will mark a world premiere.

Sefarad Records, a contemporary musical enterprise that produces recordings
and concerts of ethnic folk music spanning many centuries and cultures, is
releasing “Two Faiths, One Voice,” an acoustic album that uncovers surprising
synergies between Christian and Jewish musical traditions. Featuring singer and
folklorist Maria Krupoves and the singer and virtuoso guitarist Gerard Edery,
“Two Faiths, One Voice” world premieres in Eastern Europe (at the Bernardine
Church in Vilnius, the site of many ecumenical concerts, on March 24) prior to
its U.S. premiere and CD release which take place in New York at Drom, 85
Avenue A, on Tuesday May 27 at 8pm.…

Seventh Night of Pesakh at DROM

Thursday, April 24 – Passover at DROM, 7:30PM
Metropolitan Klezmer Seventh Night of Pesakh show!
The annual Passover tradition continues at a new club:
Metropolitan Klezmer debuts at the East Village’s swank Drom
Pesakh guest artists:Shoko Nagai on accordion & piano, plus
vocalists Judith Berkson and, fresh from New York City Opera as
stand-in lead soprano in Mark Morris’ King Arthur, Melissa Fogarty.
Details below or see…

Thursday 4/24, 7:30PM
DROM World Music Club & Restaurant
85 Avenue A (btw E. 5th & 6th St’s), NYC
Tickets: $12 + club food or drink minimum
info: 212-777-1157

60 at 60

60 locations are participating in special celebrations for Israel’s 60th anniversary. Most of the concerts are in May, and some in June. For full details, see the website. There’s a lot of great activity and big celebrations throughout the country. If you haven’t seen some of these top performers, this may be your chance. There are performers appealing to different generations, so the whole family can enjoy the music and celebrate Israel’s founding 60 years ago.

60th Anniversary of Israel in New York at Radio City

The official observation of the 60th Anniversary of the State of Israel’s
60th Anniversary in New York will take place at 8PM on Wednesday May 7th with a
major musical gala at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The event will feature
Reggae superstar Matisyahu, Paul Shaffer of the David Letterman Show,
composer/performer and MacArthur Genius award winner John Zorn and top Israeli
music artists Idan Raichel, Rami Kleinstein, David Broza and Habanot Nechama, with
additional performers to be announced.

The historic cultural gathering will be the largest such celebration of its kind,
and is supported by over 100 Jewish organizations including the UJA Federation of
New York, Consulate General of Israel, Jewish Community Relations Council, Dor
Chadash and other key groups representing a majority of the organized American
Jewish community.…

Klezmer workshop and concert in Leeds

Sunday April 27, 2008
Workshop 10am-1pm
Performance 3:00pm

Klezmer music and Yiddish dance workshop, led by Ilana Cravitz and Guy
, with members of FDT Klezmorim and guests

10:00am Workshop for all and introduction to the afternoon’s concert

Participants and observers will learn about the historical background and
cultural context of this Jewish music and the associated dances. They will
then have the opportunity to gain hands-on (or feet-on!) experience,
choosing either to study the music (style, ornamentation, accompaniment) in
more depth, or to learn some of the dances with experienced dance leader and
drummer Guy Schalom, with live music from members of the band. No previous
knowledge of klezmer music or dance required. Instrumentalists should be
grade 4 equivalent or above.

3:00pm Afternoon Concert: FDT Klezmorim – Bessarabia – London –
Philadelphia: Klezmer from Old World to New, and back again

A journey beyond the borders of time and space with a programme of old and
new ‘traditional’ Jewish music crossing the boundaries between Orient and

Music as a Bridge to Oneness

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 3pm
Seeds of Compassion Presents
A Talk and Demonstration by Yuval Ron

How music connects us to the divine to Oneness and to the spiritual
and mystical side of life. A discussion of ways to teach unity and
tolerance using music as a platform for meeting your opponent, your
neighbor and the other. With live demonstration on the Oud.

Location: Center House Stage, Seattle Center,
305 Harrison Street,
Seattle, WA 98109
Admission: FREE and open to the public
For More Information:

Gala Concert kicked off NY’s Celebration of Israel at 60

“On March 30th, the Zamir Choral kicked off New York City’s celebration of the 60th
Anniversary of the founding of Israel to a sold-out Carnegie Hall.
The star-studded concert featured the Zamir Chorale and Friends, including the
Theodore Bikel, Debbie Friedman, Cantors Alberto Mizrahi, Jack Mendelson and Lorna
, and a special guest appearance by HaZamir: The International Jewish High
School Choir, all under the direction of Matthew Lazar, Founder and Director of
the Zamir Choral Foundation.

The concert traced the history of Israel through music, with musical selections
that ranged from Hebrew chant through favorites from the beginnings of the state
to contemporary peieces, including the world premiere of Israeli composer Yehezkel
‘s Bayom HaHu, specially commissioned for this concert.


Musique juive d’Europe centrale / Jewish music from Central Europe

Stage de musique instrumentale / Music workshop
Stage de chant yiddish et de danse / Yiddish song and dance workshop
Stage pour enfants et juniors / Kids and juniors classes

Du 7 au 11 juillet 2008 – July 7th – 11th, 2008

Simultanés et avec de nombreuses passerelles, ces trois stages de
musique juive d’Europe de l’Est seront animés par des artistes de
renommée internationale :
The three parallel courses (with common activities) – klezmer music,
Yiddish songs and nigunim, and Jewish dances of Eastern Europe – are
all led by internationally known musicians :

Marthe DESROSIERES (France – France) – coordination musicale, flûte,
activités pour enfants / musical coordination, flute / juniors
Shura LIPOVSKY (Pays-Bas / Netherlands) – direction du stage de chant,
chant, danse / director of the song workshop, vocals – dance
Lauren BRODY (Etats-Unis / United States) – accordéon, chant /
accordion, vocals
Arkady GENDLER (Ukraine – Ukraina) – chant / vocals
Henri GRUVMAN (France – France) – théâtre, cinéma / theater, cinema
Merlin SHEPHERD (Grande Bretagne – Great Britain) – clarinettes /
Polina SHEPHERD (Grande Bretagne – Great Britain) – chant
choral, piano / vocals, piano
Jake SHULMAN-MENT (Etats-Unis / United States) – violon /
Michal SVIRONI (France – France) – théâtre, marionnettes /
theater, pupets

Et leurs assistants / and their assistants

Au programme : ateliers, conférences, master classes, jams, spectacles
… certaines animations seront ouvertes au grand public.…

Yavneh Ensemble Concert ‘America, Amerike’

America, Amerike: Jewish Music throughout America’s History

Monday, May 12, 2008
7:30 p.m.
Tiferet Bet Israel
1920 Skippack Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422

Monday, May 19, 2008
7:30 p.m.
The Ethical Society Building
19 South Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA

The Yavneh Ensemble , conducted by Robert A.M. Ross, and with a special guest
appearance by Hazzan Howard K. Glantz, will present music of the Jewish experience
in America, including:
• Sephardic chants from colonial synagogues
• The 1897 Union Hymnal and its role in the formation of Jewish Americans
• The great wave of Eastern European immigration in its varied musical
manifestations: Yiddish theater, Yiddish radio and the clash of the old country with
the new in a special choral presentation of Sholom Secunda’s Chazonim Oyf Probe.…