Monthly Archives: August 2008

The Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra

The Castro Valley Chamber Orchestra presents the World Premiere of

for orchestra and orator by Jack Curtis Dubowsky, conducted by Josh
, orated by Scott Budman.

VENUE: Castro Valley Center for the Arts, 19501
Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA 94546. (Cross Street is Heyer Avenue.)
TICKETS: Suggested Donation: Adults $ 10.00.
Students over 13 & Seniors $ 5.00. Children 12 and under are free

BOX OFFICE: Tickets are available at the door, or at the
Castro Valley Center for the Arts Box Office, open Thursdays and
Fridays from 3:00 – 5:00 PM and one hour before the start of every
CVUSD or CVAF production. Castro Valley Center for the Arts telephone
510-889-8961. Or call the Castro Valley Adult School Office

Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus Auditions

Shir Chadash: The Brooklyn Jewish Community Chorus, under the direction of
Natasha J. Hirschhorn, announces auditions in September 2008 for our 9th
season. If you have a passion for Jewish music and are committed to the
highest quality of performance, we encourage you to visit us and audition
this fall. All voice parts welcomed.

Please RSVP to to arrange an audition appointment.

A 40+-member adult choir, Shir Chadash is a true community chorus —
welcoming, diverse and independent of denominational affiliation. We
rehearse September through June on Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm, at The Park Slope
Jewish Center, 14th Street and Eighth Avenue in Brooklyn, NY. We perform
several concerts each season and our repertoire includes everything from
liturgical offerings in both classic and modern settings to updated
arrangements of world folk music and the performance of new sacred and
secular works.…

Zamir Chorale Auditions

The Zamir Chorale of Boston, “America’s foremost Jewish choral ensemble,” will hold
auditions for all voice parts on Sunday, September 21 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at
Hebrew College, 160 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Auditions are by appointment only
and must be scheduled in advance by emailing

Candidates must have excellent vocal quality, the ability to sight-read music, and
previous choral experience. In addition to the audition, candidates are required
to attend open rehearsals at Hebrew College on Tuesday, September 9 and 16 from
7:15 to 10:00 p.m. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays at Hebrew College, from 7:15
to 10:00 p.m., from September through early June.

For more information about Zamir and audition requirements, visit


A music website is offering to help people find bands in Irish, German, Italian and Jewish music. The website is called I haven’t tried it myself, but apparently this website allows you to enter your Jewish affair particulars (date,type of affair etc.) and you get free quotes from bands, orchestras etc.. They compete for your
business. It also features plenty of information on live music presentations, as well as how to be your own DJ.

Craig Taubman’s Jewels of Elul

For the 4th consecutive year, Craig Taubman and Craig ‘N Co. are
producing Jewels of Elul, a collection of stories and inspirations for
the High Holidays. This year’s contributors range from Senators McCain
and Obama to Jeffrey Katzenberg, Olympic medalist Elka Graham, and
Lynn Schusterman.

Thanks to the support and vision of the Stefan Adelipour for Life
Foundation, the Jewels will be available online at and in booklet form free of charge.

Shefa Gold in Brookline, MA

Rabbi Shefa Gold Scholar-in-Residence
A Weekend in Preparation for High Holidays

Temple Beth Zion,
1566 Beacon Street,
Brookline (617) 566-8171 x 20
Please RSVP to

Renowned musician and teacher Rabbi Shefa Gold will lead a Opening Our Hearts to
Forgiveness Selichot Service Saturday, September 20 th from 9:30PM-11:00PM – Free!


A Day Long Retreat about the Elulian Mysteries. This workshop will explore the
journey from devastation to renewal in preparation for the High Holy Days through
study, chant, meditation and sacred conversation.

Cost: $72 before 8/22, $85.00 after 8/22,
$36.00 for students and seniors To to to register or
call 617-566-8171 x20 for more info.

NISHMAT HAYYIM cultivates Jewish meditation and contemplative practices in New
England through collaborations with synagogues and other Jewish institutions and
programs for individuals from all backgrounds.…


Leonard Bernstein, Voices of the Jewish Diaspora and
Fugitives (composers who left Germany during the 1930’s), will all
be themes of the acclaimed New York Festival Of Song (NYFOS, for
2008-9. A guest artist will be the rising Israeli mezzo-soprano
Rinat Shaham, already an acclaimed Carmen in Europe.

Opens September 23, 2008 in NYC with a Bernstein/Bolcom Celebration

Also: Fugitives on NOVEMBER 18 AND 20, 2008 and Voices of the Jewish Diaspora on February 10 and 12, 2009.

Below is a description of the season:

Eyal Moaz Edom

Eyal Maoz CD EdomTzadik label has released Eyal Maoz’s Edom. Eyal Maoz, a guitarist, is a composer born in Israel but based in New York City. His CD Edom is with John Medeski on organ, Shanir Blumenkranz on acoustic and electric bass and Ben Perowsky on drums. Maoz is known as a leader of the fusion-neo-klezmer group “Lemon Juice”. His ensembles performed at the Red Sea International Jazz Festival, Verizon Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, NYC Winter JazzFest and many more. Eyal was hosted at NPR WNYC ear To Ear radio program, presenting some of his music and ensembles. Maoz wrote nine original tracks for this CD. The CD is part of the Radical Jewish Culture series on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records. The cover photo, along with some musical elements, reflect tributes to the Masada songs on another Tzadik recording.…

Lisa Jane Lipkin CD A Prayer for Peace

Lisa Jane Lipkin CD A Prayer for Peace
Lisa Jane Lipkin, an American singer songwriter, has created a new collection of Jewish prayers and chants based on traditional texts but performed with her own compositions. These prayers represent a spiritual journey for Lipkin, with Hebrew and English texts. Lipkin is a New York based musician who has recorded, arranged and produced for other artists including Sandi Kimmel, Christine Pepe and Neal Bomberg. Her first CD was Raise the Honey. Lisa has said “With the thirst of a mystic I traversed the world of spiritual teachings only to discover that all the wonders I learned out there were also in here in Jewish prayer and thought.” Lisa has performed at NYC Mamapalooza, the Towne Crier, and the Tupelo Music Hall. For information about the CD, visit: or

Eyal Bitton’s CD High Holiday Memories

Eyal Bitton CD
A new CD, High Holiday Memories: Timeless Moroccan & Sephardi Classics, has been released by Eyal Bitton. Bitton is a composer lyricist and musical director. He contributed lyrics for the musical of Mordecai Richler’s The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and has written for such musicals as King David, Moses, Freedom: The Moses & MartinLurther King Jr. Musical Tribute. Bitton is Musical Director at Toronto’s Beth Tikvah Synagogue. He has conducted choirs for the Spanish & Portugues Synagogue (Canada’s first congregation), Adath Israel Poale Zedek, Jewish Peoples and Peretz Schools, La Chorale Kinor and others. For more information about the CD, visit:

REFLECTIONS – Jewish Musical Journeys

Do you or your family know any unusual or interesting Seder or Shabbat songs? If so we’d love to hear from you – even if you don’t have the voice of an opera singer!

The REFLECTIONS project is creating an anthology of the huge range of different melodies sung in Jewish homes around Britain at Seder, Chanukah and Shabbat and recording them for posterity. Through the family stories of our interviewees we are tracing the origins of the songs and in this way developing a collection of Jewish Musical Journeys – a social history of the British Jewish community through its music.

Each family has its favourite tunes for the traditional Pesach songs or Shabbat Zmirot lyrics and the variations reflect the different family origins. We have already recorded eight different versions of Chad Gadya from Belarus, Hungary, Lithuania, Rhodes, Russia, Turkey and the UK!…

Afro-Semitic Experience in Fall Village, CT

The Afro-Semitic Experience will be performing
a twilight concert next Saturday evening, August 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Music
Mountain in Falls Village Connecticut.

Music Mountain is a beautiful
facility with an air-conditioned auditorium making it comfortable no matter
what the weather-no worries about rain or high humidity! Falls Village is in the Berkshires and is about 10-15 minutes from the Massachusetts border. The address is 225 Music Mountain Road, Falls Church,
Connecticut, but the best way to get there is to check out the directions on
the Music Mountain web page: