Monthly Archives: March 2011

International Jewish Music Festival in October

IJMF 2011: October 21-31…Nationwide in the Netherlands!

The 2011 International Jewish Music Festival will bring an
unprecedented variety of Jewish music to audiences throughout the
Netherlands. Finalists and winners from our 2010 Jewish Music
Competition will perform in venues big and small spread across the
Netherlands, including in Amsterdam (Paradiso), Den Bosch (De
Toonzaal), Tilburg (Paradox), Utrecht (Merkaz), The Hague (LJG),
Santpoort-Noord (‘t Mosterdzaadje) and Baarn (Pauluskerk).

The growing list of featured ensembles includes:
The Heart & the Wellspring (Israel) / Mames Babegenush (Denmark)
Yonit Shaked Golan & Gabi Argov (Israel) / Duo Bilitis (Netherlands)
Vent D’Ouest Klezmer Band (France) / Trio C tot de Derde


Vendredi 8 avril 20h30; concert de Hotegezugt avec Vincent Thvenaz ( l?orgue!!!) au Temple de Chene, route de Chene 153, 1224 Chene-Bougeries (Geneve, CH).
Samedi 9 avril de 11h – -18h30 et dimanche 9 avril de 9h — 16h30: travail musical en groupes
Dimanche10 avril — 17h: audition-concert des participants et des animateurs.
L?atelier sera conduit par Michel Borzykowski (instr. vent et danse), Pier-Yves Tetu (accordeon) et Bianca Favez (violon) du groupe HOTEGEZUGT. Il est destin? aux musiciens de tous ges et tous niveaux.

Lieu: Salle Paroissiale St-Francois, 16 av. Petit-Senn, 1225 Chene-Bourg (Geneve, CH)
Cost: 150.- Frs (130.- pour membres MusiJeunes).
Repas en commun (apportez vos piques-niques!). Boissons offertes.

Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band

Monday, March 28 · 8:30pm – 10:30pm
Location East 6th Street Community Synagogue, Max Raiskin Center
325 East 6th Street
New York, NY

Join the Ayn Sof Arkestra and Bigger Band at their monthly Monday Night Jazz Rabbi Invitational Concert.
$10.00 Cover

Steven Greenman/Kurt Bjorling Violin-Tsimbl Duo Concert

Klezmer Concert and Spaghetti Supper
Sunday, April 3 · 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Park Synagogue East – 27500 Shaker Blvd, Pepper Pike, OH
Join Park’s final chometz meal before Passover, featuring Park’s klezmer teacher and performer Steven Greenman and master clarinetist and tsimbl player Kurt Bjorling.
Opening act: Park Teen Klezmer Band
$10 Adults, $5 children
Family special: 2 adults and 2 children $25
Any questions: Call 216 371-2244 Ext. 165
Sponsored by the Wolf Religious School and Park Synagogue Sisterhood

Elizabeth Swados “From the Fire”

“From the Fire” an oratorio with music by Elizabeth Swados will be performed March 23-27, 2011
Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South, Manhattan
For information and tickets, call (212) 229-5488 or

The work, with music by Elizabeth Swados, writer/director, Cecilia Rubino, the poet, Paula Finn, and designed by Bonnie Roche-Bronfman, commemorates the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911. The fire was a completely devastating tragedy that resulted in the loss of life of over 146 working Jewish and Italian girls. Trapped behind locked doors, the tragedy led to workplace reforms and galvanized the Progressive Movement. To read more about this event see:

KlezCalifornia This March

Afternoon of Song and Dance

Nigunim Concert 3/26/11
Saturday, March 26, 4:00pm, Afternoon of Song and Dance,
presented by the Nigunim Chorus.
Nigunim Chorus performance: A tribute to singer/songwriter Debbie Friedman, and other gems in Yiddish, Ladino and Hebrew.
· Spring-time Sing-Along: Old favorites and a few less-familiar songs, with lyrics provided.
· Klezmer and Israeli dancing: Easy-to-follow circle and line dances led by dance leader Bruce Bierman.

· After the show, walk to Saul’s Deli for a free dessert with purchase of an entree and presentation of a ticket to the Afternoon of Song and Dance.
At JCC East Bay. Tickets: $10 at the door. Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia. More info: 510.528.8872, mail[at],

Beyond the Pale in Berkeley and San Francisco
Beyond the Pale
Saturday, March 26, 8:00pm & Sunday, March 27, 9:00pm.…

Klezmer Conference at University of Montreal

Henri Oppenheimer will be leading a conference on klezmer music
at University of Montreal at 7:30
3200, Rue Jean-Brillant, Montreal
The event occus this Monday, March 21 2011.

This conference is designed for non-specialists, and covers some basic elements of the history of Jews in Europe, an overview of the different instruments, different origins of the repertoire, discussion about what makes the “Jewish sound” (and, ‘is there a “Jewish sound”?), a segment about “klezmer orchestration”. There will also be a review of main bands and artists in the world. Since some members of the group Magillah will attend, there will probably be a few pieces at the end.

For information contact Henri Oppenheim
(514) 272-8635 in Canada.

Triangle Fire Remembered

the culminating centennial event — An evening of music, spoken word poetry, and solidarity in commemoration of the 146 victims will be held in New York City. The event is free but you must have a ticket for admission.
Get your tickets at

You’ll get to hear Metropolitan Klezmer performing klezmer music written about the tragedy, uncovered 100 years later. Spoken word poetry from youthful voices from the New York City area. Clara Lemlich’s historical speech from the very stage where the Uprising of the 20,000 began. Solidarity Forever by the NYC Labor Chorus. Irish folk rock from Larry Kirwan of Black 47. Worker testimonials from Bangladesh, Egypt, and West Virginia.

The event takes place in the evening following the annual memorial commemoration at the site of the fire.…

Jim Loeffler speaking at Jewish Music Forum

On Thursday, March 24th at 7 PM, in conjunction with YIVO, the Jewish Music Forum will present The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire, the title of a fascinating new book by Dr. James Loeffler, the Founder and first Executive Director of ASJM’s Jewish Music Forum.

Quoting from the book jacket below gives you additional details about this wonderful evening which will have live musical examples. Providing these music examples for Dr. Loffler’s talk, we are very grateful to have performers from YIVO’s Krum Young Artist Series. A reception and book singing will follow:

“No image of pre-revolutionary Russian Jewish life is more iconic than the fiddler on the roof. But in the half century before 1917, Jewish musicians were actually descending from their shtetl roofs and streaming in dazzling numbers to Russia’s new classical conservatories.…


Saturday March 19th – 11:00pm
HADAG NAHASH – Booming out of Jerusalem in 1996 HADAG NAHASH, became the biggest band Israel has to offer. Its music combines fresh Hip Hop, rock, reggae and funk sounds, and serves as a melting pot of tight grooves with Middle Eastern flavor. Their unique sound attracted many dedicated followers, as well as vast media reception. They’ve gained momentum year after year, and today are considered the best selling Hip Hop artist in Israel.

In addition to a headlining LIVE appearance, PURIM at City Winery will see DJ sets by DJ Moshe Bonen(Maydalleh), special Purim cocktails, munchies, sweet treats and special surprises, costume contests and more.

Presented by TEEV Productions, MAYDALLEH and CITY WINERY.
City Winery
155 Varick St. @ Vandam in Soho

Performing Piyyutim: Sephardic Music, Poetry and Spirituality

With ethnomusicologist and bandleader Samuel R. Thomas, Syrian Rabbi Joseph Dweck, and Moroccan Rabbi Gad Bouskila
part of The NEXT New York Conversation

Join Leonard Lopate, ethnomusicologist and bandleader Samuel R. Thomas and voices from within the Brooklyn Sephardic community for Performing Piyyutim: Sephardic Music, Poetry, and Spirituality, an exploration of Sephardic sacred poems through live musical performance and conversation. The event is presented as part of The NEXT New York Conversation series.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
at 7:00 PM
Duration: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Tickets: $20

Musicians of Lenox Hill Perform an Evening of Romantic Chamber Music

On Thursday, April 28 at 8 PM, the Musicians of
Lenox Hill, under the artistic direction of Soo-
Kyung Park, will perform
an Evening of Romantic Chamber Music
at Temple Israel of the City of New
112 East 75th Street, New York City

The program includes the New York City premiere of the
Piano Trio in F Major by Marcel Tyberg, whose
works were thought lost in the Holocaust. The
program also features Alexander Borodin s String
Quartet No.2 in D Major
, Frederic Chopin s
Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise Brillante
Op. 22 for Solo Piano
, and Three Watercolors for
Flute, Cello and Piano
by Philippe Gaubert.
Admission to the concert is free with a suggested
donation of $20.

Music Forgotten and Remembered

Location: Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, 129 W 67th St
Tickets: $25; $15 for seniors
To order, call Naomi at 212-294-6140

Israeli-American violinist Yuval Waldman will be giving a solo recital of “Music Forgotten and Remembered” at New York’s Merkin Concert Hall on Tuesday March 29, 2011, at 8 PM. The program presents rarely performed gems composed by Eastern European Jews, many of whom perished during World War II or were silenced by Soviet repression.

Born in the Ukraine to Holocaust survivors and the Artistic Director of Music Bridges International, Waldman was able to rediscover these pieces by searching music libraries and obscure music collections in Russia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, and Israel. They represent a wide spectrum of stylistic influences on Jewish composers: impressionistic, neoclassical, folk, and klezmer.…

Music of Jack Gottlieb at Temple Emanuel

Friday, Mar 11th 5:15 PM and Saturday, Mar 12 10:30 AM
Temple Sanctuary (Fifth Avenue at 65th Street)
All are invited to celebrate the music of Jack Gottlieb in honor of the composer’s 80th birthday. Several of Mr. Gottlieb’s compositions were commissioned for Emanu-El and have been part of the Temple’s musical repertoire. At the Friday evening service, Cantor Lori Corrsin will be joined on the bimah by the Temple Emanu-El Choir, conducted by K. Scott Warren and accompanied by guest organist Andrew Henderson.

JACK GOTTLIEB (1930 – 2011) was born and raised in New Rochelle, N.Y. He received his bachelor’s from Queens College, his master’s in fine arts from Brandeis University and a doctorate of musical arts from the University of Illinois, where his teachers of composition were Karol Rathaus, Irving Fine, Robert Palmer and Burrill Phillip.…