Monthly Archives: February 2009

Music in Desperate Times: Remembering the Women’s Orchestra of Birkenau

PhotoCredit Ars Choralis AndreaBStern Ars Choralis, a non-profit organization of 48 amateur singers, will perform “Music in Desperate Times: Remembering the Women’s Orchestra of Birkenau”

Saturday, March 28th at 8:00pm

The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025

$150 (dress circle), $45 (front reserved), $35 (front unreserved), $25 (house) or 866.811.4111.

“Music in Desperate Times: Remembering the Women’s Orchestra of Birkenau” is a concert – presented by the Woodstock, N.Y.-based choral ensemble Ars Choralis – that interweaves orchestral music with spoken memoirs to bring back the voices and music of the only World War II women’s orchestra. Though over one million people were murdered in the Birkenau gas chambers, the lives of this small group of female prisoners were spared because they played beautiful music.…

Isle of Klezbos

Isle of Klezbos
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Mardi Gras Special at Drom
female-fueled bands, Eastern European sounds, East Village energy!
Mistress of Ceremonies: “Lavinia Co-op” of Bloolips!
7:30pm – 10:30pm (doors open at 7PM)
85 Avenue A near E. 6th St
New York, NY 10009
$15. + minimum, full tapas menu and bar

PHOTO CREDIT Isle of Klezbos pic: Anita Briggs

Zamir Chorale with Newton Choral Society March 8

Come to Sanders Theatre in Cambridge, MA
Sunday, March 8 at 3:00 p.m.
to be inspired by great music performed by two acclaimed choral ensembles.
March will be abloom this year with beautiful music, as Zamir performs its spring concert two months earlier than usual. This year we have partnered with the Newton Choral Society to produce a program of musical masterworks, featuring a combined force of 120 voices.

There are four wonderful works on this concertincluding Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein; choral cycle Mo’adim (Festivals) by Mordecai Seter, and more.
Tickets can be ordered through the Zamir
or by calling 617-244-6333.

Long-lost Mendelssohn Piece will bePerformed in Austin

Felix Mendelssohn photo credit Duke University Mendelssohn is have a good year in 2009. Last month in New York, the Museum of Jewish Heritage held concerts of some “new” Mendelssohn works… newly rehearsed after some 100 years. This Saturday Feb 21, 2009, the Austin Civic Orchestra will perform “Fantasy and Variations for Two Pianos and Orchestra on the Gypsy March from Weber’s ‘Preziosa’ ” by Felix Mendelssohn. This will be the first time this piece has been heard since 1833. The manuscript piece, never published, and first performed by Ignaz Moscheles and Felix Mendelssohn was set aside and later owned by Anton Rubinstein. After he donated it, it was lost in the archive of the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia for over a hundred years. Southwestern University professor J. Michael Cooper and Jonathan Bellman of the University of Northern Colorado, have painstakingly reconstructed the work.…

Cantor Susan Wehle in Crash near Buffalo, New York

CNN reported that one of the victims of Continental Airlines Flight 3407 that crashed in Buffalo last Thursday was Cantor Susan Wehle. Brooklyn native Cantor Wehle was a cantor at Temple Beth Am in Williamsville, New York since November of 2002. She had also sung as a cantorial soloist at Temple Sinai in Amherst, New York. The cantor received her Cantorial Smicha from Aleph – the Movement for Jewish Renewal. Additionally she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Theatre and in Judaic Studies, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Acting. She performed with theatre companies in Buffalo, Chicago and New York City. Her parents were Holocaust survivors. Cantor Wehle was 55. She had released a CD called “Songs of Hope and Healing.” Temple Beth Am synagogue has established at guest book for those who wish to remember the cantor.…

Like a Rushing Spring

Nomi Teplow launches her CD “Like a Rushing Spring” . This is the premier show for Nomi’s new concert series featuring songs from the new CD “Like A Rushing Spring” as well as some of her popular hits.
After the show — A pull-out-the-stops dance!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 8:30pm
Matnas Karnei Shomron מתנ”ס קרני שומרון
Rechav’am Zeevi St., Karnei Shomron רח’ רחבעם זאבי, קרני שומרון

Keyboards: Odeliya Berlin
Drums: Michal Rahat
Guitars: Daniella Boss
Flute: Keren Golan,
Violin: Avital Nir
Featuring the Shir E-l and Or Y-a Choirs
**This show is by women for women only**
Tickets: 30 shekels
girls: 15 shekels
Advance ticket sales: 09-7920201/3 (recommended!)

Mendelssohn’s Oratorio Elijah FREE concert

Free Synagogue of FlushingFree Synagogue of Flushing will present a special
performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah
on Friday, February 27, 8:15 PM.
The concert is FREE and open to the public.
It will feature celebrated cantor
Steven Pearlston and the distinguished Free Synagogue choir. Robert Mobsby will
perform in the role of Elijah and Robert Barrows will play the synagogue s
magnificent historic pipe organ, which dates back to 1927. It is the only pipe
organ at a synagogue in Queens.

Free Synagogue is located at 41-60 Kissena Boulevard (between Sanford and
Main Street), Flushing. Free on-site parking available. Please call
718-961-0030 or visit for more information.

Research Grants Program of ARSC

The Research Grants Program of the Association for Recorded Sound
Collections supports scholarship and publication in the fields of sound
recording research and audio preservation. (This program is separate from
the ARSC Preservation Grants Program, which encourages and supports the
preservation of historically significant sound recordings of Western Art
Music.) Project categories eligible for consideration include: discography,
bibliography, historical studies of the sound recording industry and its
products, and any other subject likely to increase the public’s
understanding and appreciation of the lasting importance of recorded sound.
ARSC encourages applications from individuals whose research forms part of
an academic program at the master’s or doctoral level.

For more information, visit:

Oxford publishes Tina Fruhauf’s book on German Jewish organ music

Tina Fruhauf Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture Oxford University Press has released the scholarly work of Dr. Tina Fruhauf, The Organ and Its Music in German-Jewish Culture. The press descriptions states that the book “examines the powerful but often overlooked presence of the organ in synagogue music and the musical life of German-speaking Jewish communities. Tina Frühauf expertly chronicles the history of the organ in Jewish culture from the earliest references in the Talmud through the 19th century, when it had established a firm and lasting presence in Jewish sacred and secular spaces in central Europe. Frühauf demonstrates how the introduction of the organ into German synagogues was part of the significant changes which took place in Judaism after the Enlightenment, and posits the organ as a symbol of the division of the Jewish community into Orthodox and Reform congregations.…

Shirei Teva: Jewish Choirs Celebrate Nature through Music

Sunday, February 22, 2009 2:30 PM
Choral Festival
Shirei Teva: Jewish Choirs Celebrate Nature through Music

With Shir Chadash and Shirei Chesed Choirs conducted by Cantor Natasha J. Hirschhorn; Congregation Beth Simchat Torah Choir with Joyce Rosenzweig and Cantor David Berger; Kolot Halev Choir from Chevy Chase, Maryland conducted by Hazzan Dr. Ramon Tasat; and guest artists

Stirring images of nature infuse Jewish choral music with singular magic. Richly fanciful depictions of the natural world – expressed in psalms, folk songs, and contemporary poetry – inspire this program, which will be presented in Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish, and English.
$10 adults, $7 students/seniors, $5 members
Edmund J. Safra Hall
Museum of Jewish Heritage
Edmond J. Safra Plaza
36 Battery Place
New York, NY 10280
General Information

Two Choruses, One Voice

The Newton Choral Society and Zamir Chorale of Boston
David Carrier, Director
Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director
Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms; Mordecai Seter Festivals;
Eric Whitacre Five Hebrew Love Songs; Randall Thompson The Peaceable Kingdom
TIME: 3:00 pm
LOCATION: Sanders Theatre, Memorial Hall, 45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
To Order Tickets
$36 (preferred seating) and $18
For More Info:
Zamir Chorale of Boston
1320 Centre Street, Suite 306
Newton Centre, Massachusetts 02459
Phone: 617-244-6333

Maqam and Tefilah: The Liturgical Music of Syrian Jews

Prof. Mark Kligman will present
A Lecture sponsored by Magen Savid of Union Square and the Center for Sephardic Heritage
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Magen David of Union Square
3 West 16th Street, btw 5th and 6th Aves
New York, NY
Contact Info Email/RSVP:
Admission: $5 (Free for students with ID)

Copies of Professor Kligman’s recently published book Maqam and Liturgy: Ritual, Music and Aesthetics of Syrian Jews in Brooklyn will be available for sale at the event.

Beth Schafer in Beaumont, TX

Beth Schafer will be leading two events in Beaumont, TX the second week in February.
Friday, Feb 13 2009
8:00 PM Service with Beth Schafer trio!
Age Limit: All ages Tickets: FREE

Sat Feb 14 2009
7:00 PM
Concert with Beth Schafer Trio!
held at:
Temple Emanuel
1120 Broadway St Beaumont, TX 77701
for more info: Phone: (409) 832-6131

Strings at Witney

7/8 February 2009
Strings at Witney program is part of
Hands-On Music presents a weekend of workshops in Oxfordshire. Styles you can study include American old-time, Eastern European, Irish, Klezmer, and Scottish. Improvisation and accompaniment will also be covered.

Tutors include: Mairi Campbell, Pete Cooper, Matt Cranitch, Ilana Cravitz, Dave Francis, Gill Redmond, Joe Townsend.

Instruments welcome: violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, mandolin, banjo.
More information:
The weekends are held at HENRY BOX SCHOOL in Witney, a pleasant market town twelve miles west of Oxford, just off the A40 and with good public transport links.

Kultur Festival 2009: Keynote Tradition & Transformation

Jack Mendelson panel
Kultur Festival 2009: Keynote Tradition & Transformation, 1 Mar 2009
FAU Libraries & Klezmer Company Orchestra Present
Kultur Festival 2009
A Celebration of Jewish Music & Arts
February 25-March 1, 2009 @ Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL

Keynote Address
“Tradition and Transformation” Rabbi Irwin Kula
Sunday March 1, 2009 @ 1 p.m.
Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center (FAU)
Tickets $5

THE CRADLE WILL ROCK by Blitzstein in NY

The THE CRADLE WILL ROCK by Marc Blitzstein, initially premiered in 1937,
will be presented in a semi staged presentation by Downtown Music Productions
on its Sunday afternoon EAST VILLAGE CONCERT SERIES
at St. Marks in the Bowery
131 East Tenth Street and Second Avenue.

Mimi Stern-Wolfe, founder and music director of Downtown Music Productions will be joinned by Lisa Brailoff, Stage Director and Jahneen Otis, Special Consultant, along with 22 cast members.
Suggested donation is $12 with Special Recession Rates available.
For further information, email
or call 212 477 1594.

Little Trees are Weeping CD

Little Trees are WeepingCarl Nelkin, an amateur singer and lover of Jewish music in Ireland, has released a new CD of songs of ghettos and camps in World War II. Nelkin combines Irish and Jewish sentimentalities to these songs of the Partisans and Ghetto, all sung in the original Yiddish. The booklet contains the translations into English along with the texts in Yiddish, along with some nice accompaniments. It is hoped that this type of recording should encourage other small communities of Jews to share their creative works. Carl had released his first album “Irish Heart Jewish Soul: Favourite Irish and Jewish Songs” in 2003. For more information about the CD, go to Carl has also appeared on Irish Radio in a High Holiday special.

New Debbie Friedman CD Shacharit Prayers

AsYouGoOnYouWay"/ Debbie Friedman has released a new CD “As You Go On Your Way: Schacharit –The Morning Prayers”. This just released CD has a combination of Debbie’s compositions and melodies to the liturgical texts of the Shacharit, the morning service. Some of the songs on the album are new, but many were composed as long ago as 1972. In a way this retrospective is a perspective piece. The “traditional” repetitions, for example are where the text is more traditional (for example, in the Amidah, the Imahot are included in the non- traditional setting.) The album helps the listener integrate the familiar tunes of Friedman with some chanting of segments of the service. Friedman states in her album “By praying we can understand how each Bracha, each blessing, helps us build a balanced and grateful life.

CD Release Oud Prayers on the Road to St. Jacques

Oud Prayers on the Road to St. Jacques
Sacred music of the Abrahamic faiths
Oud solo performances and arrangements by Yuval Ron

International composer, producer and world music artist Yuval Ron
takes on a highly symbolic endeavor, to unite chants from the three
religious traditions of the Middle East into a handful of harmonic
musical medleys. His deeply moving weaving of ancient sacred music
from the Hebrew, Maronite, Armenian and Sufi traditions results in a
decidedly contemplative, meditative and introspective experience.
Upon hearing a performance on the Oud by Yuval Ron, Pir Zia Inayat-
Khan, head of the Sufi Order International, remarked: “While deep
practice of one’s religious tradition is like sounding a note, a note
of great integrity and beauty, bringing together many sacred
traditions through the harmony of music expands the notes into a
symphony!” Recorded in live recitals on April 18, 2007 at Chapelle de
Cgan (built 12th Century) in Arthez and on April 19, 2007 at Notre
Dame a Sarrance (built 14th century) in Sarrance.…

Important Critical Edition of Leo Zeitlin’s Music Published

As part of their series on Recent Researches in the Music of the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century, AR Editions has released an important critical edition of Jewish music, the Leo Zeitlin: Chamber Music. Paula Eisenstein Baker and Robert Nelson are the editors. This is the work of many years of research and labor to bring this performance and critical score to light. This music is important to American Jewish community because Leo Zeitlin (1884-1930) was one of the significant members of the St. Petersburg Society for Jewish Folk Music group of Jewish musicians establishing a Jewish national school, who came to America. The musicans of the St. Petersburg Society brought those musical ideas both to Israel and America; that organization being the ancestor of today’s American Society of Jewish Music.…

Shirim in Cambridge at the Lilypad

Sunday, February 8, 2009
2:00pm – 4:00pm
The Lilypad
1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square
Cambridge, MA

Shirim Klezmer Orchestra, masters of the klezmer universe, perform a fun and infectious concert of klezmer and beyond on Feb. 8, 2:00pm at the Lilypad, 1353 Cambridge St., Inman Square, Cambridge, MA . Suggested donation, $10, $7/kids. Bring the kids, bring your grandmother! Be ready to move. This is music for the soul.

Hungry for Music? Metropolitan Klezmer TODAY

Sunday, February 1, 2009
11:00am – 2:00pm
City Winery
155 Varick Street at Vandam
New York, NY
Contact Info Phone: 212-608-0555

City Winery is a great new all-ages space for music, sweeping sight-lines with a raised stage and excellent acoustics. The klezmer brunch tradition is reborn in West Soho, with tasty treats including bagels, lox and much more… kosher too! And yes of course they do have the wine list. Wooden floors if you feel like dancing even.

Tickets just $10; kids under 13 are free! No minimum food or drink order, come on down.

Online tickets here:
featuring Metropolitan Klezmer ::: special brunch quintet formation ::: PAM FLEMING: trumpet, DAVE HOFSTRA: bass, DEBRA KREISBERG: clarinet/sax, EVE SICULAR: drums, & special guest SHOKO NAGAI: piano/accordion

Jeff and Deborah play Manhattan Live Today

Miss the pre-game hype …And you can still watch the Superbowl later….go to a fun concert instead this afternoon.
Sunday, February 1 at 3 PM
Town and Village Synagogue
334 East 14th Street
near First Avenue, Manhattan
Sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans Post 1

This annual, multigenerational concert extravaganza features the internationally renowned Strauss/Warschauer Duo along with three wonderful groups comprised of friends and students of the Duo: The Columbia University Klezmer Band, the Port Washington Temple Beth Israel Intergenerational Klezmer Band and the Workmen’s Circle Klezmer Workshop.

$1 donation requested. Doors open at 2:45 PM.
(The Duo will perform one short set and present the three other klezmer groups.)
For more information, contact Jerry Alperstein at 212 477-3131 or