Monthly Archives: October 2011

Important New Reference Work Now Available

Solo Vocal Works on Jewish Themes
An important new reference work has been published for identifying solo vocal works on all sorts of Jewish themes. This highly useful work gives an alphabetical list of composers with appropriate vocal works listed (not a complete list of works by each composer, but appropriately sticking to the scope of this volume). Many useful details, such as birth and death dates, place of birth, musical forces needed, first performance if known, translations of titles, and locations of scores. With some of the dramatic works, a lyricist might be named, as well as a brief synopsis of plot given.But the author doesn’t stop there; he provides useful “themes”, first based on the biblical texts, if used. In addition, he then provides themes such holidays, but also, “Jewish experience”, children’s material, philosophy, Holocaust or persecution, interfaith works, Jewish history, Yiddish theater, Sacred Services, and weddings.…

From Boston to Berlin

The Zamir Chorale of Boston invites you to
From Boston to Berlin
A cabaret-style evening featuring
the Zamir Chamber Chorus
which will perform highlights of Zamir Chorale of Boston’s upcoming concerts in
the first Louis Lewandowski Festival in Berlin, Germany

Thursday, November 10, 2011
The Goethe-Institut*, 170 Beacon Street, Boston
(between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets)
Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director
Remarks by
Friedrich Löhr, German Consul General in Boston
Ralph Selig, International Authority on German-Jewish
Chazzanut (liturgical music)
Light kosher refreshments will be served.
The Zamir Chorale of Boston is headed to Berlin, Germany, December 15-18, to represent
the United States at the Louis Lewandowski Festival. Zamir will join six other choirs
from around the world in paying tribute to the German Jewish composer who became
world renowned because of his beautiful choral settings of the synagogue liturgy.…

Love, Loss, Laughter – Favorite Yiddish Folk Songs

The Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC
with Conductor Binyumen Schaechter
Sunday, October 23, 2011, 4:00 PM
Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, White Plains, NY 10606
What: Afn pripetshik, Der Rebe Elimeylekh, Tum balalayke, Bulbes and a great bouquet of less-known Yiddish folksongs.
Also: Works by Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman,
Avrom Sutzkever, Josh Waletzky.
Tickets: Book online at

or call the Synagogue at 914-946-8851

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Master Klezmer Class with Clarinetist David Krakauer

Master Klezmer Class with Clarinetist David Krakauer
Monday, November 14, 7:00-10:00pm
Jewish Community Center of the East Bay
1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley.

7:00-8:00pm: Lecture/demo by internationally-acclaimed klezmer and classical clarinetist David Krakauer, who will demonstrate klezmer technique and share personal stories and insights prior to the hands-on portion of the workshop.

8:00-10:00pm: Master class for “high intermediate to professional level” musicians. Participants will play (alone or with a pre-formed group) and will receive constructive feedback and coaching.

Registration fee:
* Individuals who play for Mr. Krakauer: $50/person
* Groups that play: $35/person
* Listeners (“auditors”): $20/person.
A limited number of reduced price scholarships will be available. Inquire at info[at]
Registration process:
Please reserve your space via phone (415.789.7679) or email (info[at] Tell us your name, email, and telephone and whether you will listen only OR play a solo OR play with a group of a specific number of people.…

“Working, the Musical” debut performance

Saturday, October 15 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
Jewish Federation 550 S. Second St. Arcadia, 91106 CA

Hazzan Judy Sofer and colleagues are having four performances of their debut production for the Cultural Arts Program of Greater San Gabriel Pomona Valleys.
Saturday, Oct. 15 at 8:00
Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2:00
Saturday, Oct. 22 at 8:00
Sunday, October 23 at 2:00
Tickets are $36 – Premiere seating
$25- General Seating
$10- Students and children

Sounds of Survival: Music of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz

Temple Shalom of Newton Presents
Sounds of Survival: Music of the Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz
Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011 – 7 PM

Featuring Cantorial Soloist Jeri Robins, Northeastern University Gideon Klein Fellow, along with singers and musicians from both Hebrew College and the local community, as they present the stories of survival and the music of these extraordinary women, who played for their lives.

The Women’s Orchestra of Auschwitz sounds like a contradiction in terms. How could beautiful music be produced by an orchestra surrounded by illness and death, starvation and cold, immense suffering, hatred and loss? Yet, participation in this orchestra was likely the source of salvation for the “orchestra girls.” This concert will give voice to their experiences and, in so doing, remember not only those who survived, but also those who perished.…

NJ Premiere of Rachel and Leah:

NJ Premiere of Rachel and Leah: A New Musical composed by Elizabeth Swados
Saturday, November 12 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm
at the
Axelrod Performing Arts Center, Deal Park, NJ
100 Grant Avenue
Deal Park, NJ
Rachel and Leah
A New Musical Premieres at the Axelrod
November 12, 2011 8 p.m. One Show Only!
Tony Award nominee, Elizabeth Swados, has composed Rachel and Leah: A New Musical about the biblical matriarchs that will have its New Jersey concert premiere at The Axelrod Performing Arts Perhaps, best known for her Broadway and international smash hit Runaways, Elizabeth Swados infuses more than 30 years of artistry and flavor into the music of Rachel and Leah: A New Musical. The Obie Award-winning composer has collaborated on this latest work with her apprentice of six years, Rebecca Keren (Book & Lyrics) and off-Broadway’s rising star, Daniella Rabbani (Book).…

Miryem Khaye Seigel Interview from Australia

Miryem Khaye Seigel is visiting Australia from New York where she works in the Jewish section of the city’s public library. She is also a Yiddish researcher, scholar, actor and a fine singer and composer of Yiddish songs in a traditional style. Alex Dafner speaks with Miryem about all these pursuits and activities here and in America. Interview is in Yiddish.

Ms.Seigel is currently working on the research project “The Broder Singers: Forerunners of the Yiddish
Theater”, as the 2011-2012 Joseph Kremen Memorial Fellow at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research.

Soul of Spain

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011 at 4:00 PM
World Festival of Sacred Music in LA presents:
The Soul of Spain
Sephardic Jewish music meets Gypsy Flamenco

Oscar-winning composer and oud master Yuval Ron leads a fiery evening of music and dance, bringing gypsy flamenco and Sephardic Jewish traditions from Andalusia to Santa Monica and the Westside. The 499-seat Broad comes alive with spinning flamenco dancers, undulating belly dancers, passionate singing, and the lightning- fast fingers of Spanish guitar – a night of musical virtuosity in an intimate setting. Featuring gypsy flamenco singer Jesus Montoya, dancer Briseyda Zarate, guitarist Jose Tanaka and the Yuval Ron Ensemble:

Maya Haddi – vocals, Norik Manoukian – woodwind, Jamie Papish – percussion, David Martinelly – percussion, Maya Karasso – Middle Eastern dance, Yuval Ron – oud and artistic director

Location: Broad Stage: 1310 11th St, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Admission: $47 – $75 Broad Stage members receive 10% off their order.…

Klezbos at City Winery

Sunday, October 16 · 11:00am – 2:00pm
City Winery NYC
155 Varick Street (btw Spring & Vandam)
New York, NY

Isle of Klezbos returns to City Winery’s klezmer brunch, celebrating the band’s 13th birthday** (our all-gal sextet debuted in 1998!) Soulful, fun-loving, hard-swinging Yiddish-rooted musical adventures: great new tunes too.

Full menu, great venue, fine wines & sight-lines! No minimum order.
Live music 11am-2pm; seating & brunch from 10am on.
Tickets $10, kids under 13 enter free.

Debra Kreisberg, clarinet & alto sax
Pam Fleming, trumpet & flugelhorn
Melissa Fogarty, vocals
Shoko Nagai, accordion & piano
Saskia Lane, upright bass
Eve Sicular, drums | leader

Easy Sunday parking. Subways: #1 to Houston OR Canal, C/E to Spring. Wonderful sight-lines, hope to see you too!…


Brian Bender‘s Jewish-Latin-African-Caribbean-Middle Eastern band “LITTLE SHOP OF HORAS” will be performing on the second day (Sunday, October 2nd) of the 2011 NORTH QUABBIN GARLIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL in Orange, MA.

Forster’s Farm
60 Chestnut Hill Road
Orange, MA

Little Shop of Horas website:

Band Members:
Brian Bender – trombone, melodica, keyboards, vocals
David Tasgal – clarinet, fiddle, keyboards
Derrik Jordan – fiddle, guitar, congas
Anna Sobel – tabla, dumbek, poyk
Garrett Sawyer – electric bass, double bass
Dave Noonan – drums

Here is the entertainment lineup on Sunday:
Mother Turtle – 12:00
Richard Chase – 1:00
Gaia roots – 2:15
Little Shop of Horas – 3:45

Kol Nidre goes East

Nicolas Jolliet, a talented guitarist, sitarist and composer, has composed a rendition of the Kol Nidre
for Sitar, Subahar, Dombek, Oud, and Tablas, called “Kol Nidre Goes East.” Nico’s Kol Nidre became the subject of a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation documentary when it was played at a Yom Kippur service held at a U.S. Base in Kandahar. The piece is now available without charge on the SoundCloud Web-site so that it will be available to as many people as possible. It can be accessed at:

Further information, and a place to purchase a CD can be found at: