Yearly Archives: 2012

Breslov Bar Band at City Winery

Breslov Bar Band
City Winery Brunch, NYC
30 Dec, 2012

Breslov Bar BandEvery Sunday Morning, combining live music and food in a fresh, cultural environment, City Winery’s Klezmer brunch series pairs some of the greatest musicians in the world with delicious lox, bagels and other tasty fare on Sunday mornings from 11am to 2pm. City Winery’s brunch on Dec 30, 2012 features the Breslov Bar Band.

city wineryGeneral Admission: $10 / Children Under 13 – Free
City Winery
155 Varick Street
New York, New York 10013
(212) 608-0555
For further info:

Harmony in the Holy Land

Harmony in the Holy Land
Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012
Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:30pm
Free Entry
Donations appreciated
18 Mesilat Yesharim, Beit Mazia Theater, Jerusalem

With performances by Diwansaz, hosting Mark Eliyahu and Poet Rabbi David Menachem.
With additional performances and prayers with renowned spiritual teacher/healer, Thomas Hubl, Aliza Hava, Pesach Dahvid Stadlin, and religious/spiritual leaders of Islam, Christianity and Judaism.

This event is part of the Birth 2012 global broadcast of over 40 events worldwide celebrating unity in diversity and calling for a new era of spiritual ascension for humanity.

In the region of Jerusalem, a spiritual message was given and received by three great messengers, Abraham, Mohammed and Jesus. An open channel to the Divine emanates from here, and is the reason why the three monotheisms hold it sacred.…

“Sholem-Aleichem Yiddish Klezfest”

“Sholem-Aleichem Yiddish Klezfest”
Sunday Dec. 30th, 1:30 – 5:00 PM
Frank London and friends:
Aaron Alexander, Ron Caswell…)
Jake Shulman-Ment, fiddle kapelye
Andrea Pancur and Ilya Shneyveys: Bavarian Klezmer Oompah music
Dancemaster Steve Weintraub
Psoy Korolenko, host and performer;
Bring an instrument for concluding jam
Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center,
3301 Bainbridge Avenue@208th Street. Bronx NY
information: 917-930-0295
admission $10
D train to 205th st station, 4 train to Mosholu Parkway.

The London Klezmer Quartet

LKQ gigs coming up:
Visit for more information
16 December – Golders Green, London: Hanukah Hopkele
22 January – Colchester Riverside Theatre: ‘Klezmer – A Living
23 January – Cambridge: ‘Sholem Aleykhem Comrades’ programme
24 January – Newington Green, London: LKQ in Concert
28 January – CD official release date
30 January – Liverpool Street, London: Holocaust Memorial Event
31 January – Green Note, Camden: LKQ concert
Feb 27-April 2 – Australia tour
April/May – Album launch tour in London, Dorset, Norwich, Cambridge

Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld Revive Golden Land thru Jan 6

The musical, The Golden Land, originally created by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld in 1984 told the ‘poignant yet joyous saga of the Eastern European Jewish immigration to America’ from their first glimpses of the Statue of Liberty through their battles for social justice and … continues through mid-century history.
Now playing at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street.
Phone:(646) 312-4085
Transit: 23 St
For tickets, performance times and dates:

Jewish Music Conference in UK-Hold the Dates!

Come together with musicians and singers from around the country for an energetic, inspiring musical experience. Following resounding success in 2011, the Music Conference is back and will be in London from the 11th – 14th July 2013. Learn from experts in their field through a series of workshops and tefillot, offering the opportunity to learn for new repertoire – both for choirs and individual sh’lichei tzibbur. This Conference is affiliated with the Movement for Reform Judaism in the UK.
Find out about the 2011 Music Conference. A short film from one of the sessions with Cantor Zöe Jacobs is at:

Metropolitan Klezmer plays The Emelin (Westchester Hanukah matinee) – Mamaroneck!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Klezmer octet concert for eighth day of Hanukah!
Metropolitan Klezmer plays Mamaroneck NY:
The Emelin Theatre’s wonderful Westchester stage.
Emelin Theatre
153 Library Ln, Mamaroneck, New York 10543

Metropolitan Klezmer’s full eight-piece lineup:
Debra Kreisberg, clarinet & alto sax
Pam Fleming, trumpet & flugelhorn
Reut Regev, trombone
Melissa Fogarty, vocals
Ismail Butera, accordion
Karen Waltuch, viola
David Hofstra, bass & tuba
Eve Sicular, drummer |bandleader

Great new tunes & fabulous favorites alighting.
Tickets are selling fast for this show (please spread the word).

Tickets $32. Info & group rates:

My Yidishe Chanukah in Tenafly

My Yidishe Chanukah
Tuesday, December 11,2012 at 5:00 PM
A great concert with Racheli Arielle Yucht , Amanda Miryem-Khaye Seigel and a great ensemble featuring: Taylor Bergren-Chrisman, Avi Fox-Rosen, Zalmen Mlotek, Avram Pengas, Dmitri Zisl Slepovitch, and Matt Temkin.

National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene
JCC on the Palisades, Tenafly, NJ
$10 members/$12 non-members 201-569-7900

Shalshelet V–International Festival of Jewish Music

After two solid years, the Shalshelet V International Festival is coming to Miami, FL. Shalshelet, the Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a Festival that brings music of all genres and people of all denominations together through music and sacred text.

Sunday, February 17, 2013
10:00am until 9:00pm

The Festival will be held at Beth Torah Adath Yeshurun 20350 Northeast 26th Avenue Miami
and will include the Festival for Youth & Families, Shabbat in the Community, Festival Workshops, Festival Concert
37 Composers from around the world!
For more information:

Zamir Chorale CDs

Through December 31 on-line only
ALL Zamir Chorale of Boston recordings on sale
Compact Discs: regularly $10, now $7.50
Zamir DVD: regularly $10, now $7.50
Ten-CD gift set: regularly $80 now $60
Choose from the outstanding collection of performances by
“America’s foremost Jewish choral ensemble,”
(American Record Guide)
Our new recording: From Boston to Berlin
Middle East Harmonies
Lights: Music for Chanukah
Zamir: Greatest Hits
Seasons of Our Joy
The Songs Live On
Soul of the Sabbath
The Monster and the Nightingale
Jewish Composers in America
Click HERE go directly to our website,
which features audio samples and video clips!
Bring the beauty of Jewish choral music into your home for
Chanukah and all occasions!
Regular shipping charges apply.

Zamir recordings are also available for digital download.…

Bruce Roter “Maoz Tzur”

Bruce Roter has written a new melody for the traditional text of “Maoz Tzur”. It is performed by the Westminster Conservatory Youth Chorale, conducted by Frank Abrahams. The Conservatory is located on the campus of Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The Chorale has completed several projects including a Jewish music series which includes their Chanukah CD called “Celebrate Chanukah” which has contemporary music of Michael Isaacson, Joel Philips, Eric Contzius, Ronald Hemmel, Baruch Cohon and Allan E. Naplan.

Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus at Town & Village Synagogue

Saturday eve, December 15, 2012, 7:30 PM
New York City
featuring the
Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus with
Conductor Binyumen Schaechter
24th Annual Cantor Louis Moss Memorial Concert
Where: Town & Village Synagogue
334 East 14 St.
(between 1st & 2nd Ave.)
New York, NY 10003
Cantor Shayna Postman
T&V Synagogue Choir
T&V Junior Singers
with special guests
Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus / JPPC
Conductor Binyumen Schaechter
Approximately 75 minutes, no intermission.
By Dec. 13: $25
College / Grad Student: $10
18 and under: Free
Make check out to T&V Synagogue & mail to address above
or call Synagogue to pay by credit card: 212-677-8090 x0
For more info on JPPC:

Neshama Carlebach Events this Winter in US

December 9,2012, 7 PM
Neshama and her band with special guest artist Josh Nelson will
be performing at the Zinman Hall, Boca Raton Florida Jewish
Federation Campus.
For further information contact
Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
19785 Hampton Drive, Suite 4
Boca Raton, FL 33434
561-852-6555 (p)
561-852-3604 (f)

December 12th, 7:30 pm
Neshama, her band and the Green Pastures Baptist Church Choir
will be performing at the “Lights of Hope.”
All proceeds to benefit survivors of Hurricane Sandy, including
Neshama’s producer/manager/drummer Mark Ambrosino, who lost his
For further information contact
The Merrick Jewish Centre
225 Fox Blvd
Merrick NY 11566

December Klezmer Events in London

Friday 7 December, Pages of Hackney, 7pm
Winter Warmer with the London Klezmer Quartet. Mulled wine, mince
pies, CDs, books etc.
Reserve a seat on 020 8525 1452. Tickets: £7
Pages Bookshop, 70 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0RN

Sunday 9 December, Calthorpe Arms, Kings Cross
Klezmer workshop and monthly jam session
Workshop with Susi Evans 1-2pm; jamming 2-4. Entry: £5 on the door.
Download tunes ( )
Upstairs room, Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray’s Inn Rd, London W1X 8JR

Mogulesco: A Tale of Yiddish Theater

Mogulesco: A Tale of Yiddish Theater
Monday, December 3

The Tufts University Department of Music presents the musical revue Mogulesco: A Tale of Yiddish Theater, written by Mark Slobin, in the Distler Performance Hall at the Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center on Monday, December 3, 2012 at 8 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by the Tufts University Department of Music, Tufts Hillel, and 3Ps.

The performance features the work of Zelig (Sigmund) Mogulesco (1856-1914), who is often called the “Charlie Chaplin of the Yiddish theatre”. Mogulesco was known for his comedy, agility, and also songwriting. The performance is directed by Michael Morris with music by the Jumbo Knish Factory, Tufts’ Klezmer ensemble under the direction of Michael McLaughlin, and a cast of Tufts student performers.

Colors of the Diaspora

Regina Resnik presents Colors of the Diaspora. It’s a DVD collection with 3 distinct programs included, conceived and written by Michael Philip Davis. Ms. Resnik introduces and narrates the three concerts. Each is a distinct classical music art program, with the common thread of Jewish art music or music on Jewish themes.

The DVD will make the perfect Hannukah present for someone who loves both classical music and Jewish music. The DVD can be obtained through VAI DVD 4540, but also can be ordered directly through Video Artists International, 109 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville, NY 10570. Toll free number is 800-477-7146.

The DVD includes some surprising repertoire and will introduce even aficionados of Jewish music to new selections.The narration is well written and informative. The selections are thoughtful, artistic, and knowledgeable about the breadth of Jewish music.…

Concert in Honor of Adrienne Cooper Dec 22 in NYC

The world of Yiddish culture will be honoring Adrienne Cooper z”l with a concert to celebrate her life and work. Adrienne is best remembered as the magnificent voice of Yiddish song and teacher to thousands in the Yiddish and klezmer music worlds. Dec 22 2012 in NYC, there will be a concert that is bound to attract you and your friends, as well as plenty of the contemporary Jewish music world. The goal of the concert is to raise money to help establish a fund to continue her work, not just in recordings but for teaching for future generations.

Sat Dec 22 2012, 8 pm
Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College
East 68th Street between Park & Lexington Avenue
Tickets: $18, $36, $54
(212) 772-4448…

Sephardic Music Festival in NYC! Don’t miss it!

An amazing lineup of musicians for the Sephardic Music Festival in New York, December 8-15,
It’s ‘what to do’ for Hanukah 2012. Not the same old same old. You’re bound to hear new takes on the music of Sefarad with these groups. For complete information on times, places and admission, please visit the website.






More to be announced!…

Jewish Music Cafe Starts Up Again

Saturday Night December 8th with Sefardic World Jam Featuring
Samuel Thomas, Elie Massias, Yoshie Fruchter, Eric Platz and Special Guests!
Cover $12

December 18th and 19th 2012
Two performances each night 8pm and 9pm
$10 cover per show explores the music of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach through the lens of the Afrobeat master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. Led by Jon Madof of Rashanim (John Zorn’s Tzadik Records), the 15-piece band sets the beautiful melodies of Reb Shlomo in arrangements using the polyrhythmic intensity of Afrobeat along with the flavor of the downtown New York City improvised music scene. Zion80’s debut
on Tzadik Records will be released in 2013.

Jewish Music Cafe
at IYYUN 650 Sackett Street Brooklyn NY 11215

Winter Jewish Music Concert 2013 in January

Don’t miss Jewish music from around the world: Yiddish, Cantorial, Ladino, Israeli, folk, pop, classical, jazz, tango and beat box (and magic too) in Miami, Florida.

Performed in the glorious 1926 Bertha Abess Sanctuary at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, the oldest Jewish sanctuary in continuous use in Florida. Located at 7 N13.E. 19th Street, the Temple is in Miami’s vibrant urban center, five blocks north from the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and near the Wynwood Arts District, Midtown, and the Design District.

Tickets for the 2013 Winter Jewish Music Concert are now on sale.

The concert, with a huge cast of cantors and performers, will be Saturday evening, January 19th. Tickets are $18 per person (plus
service charge), and can be purchased online (
or by calling 1-800-838-3006.…

Tel Aviv-Based VEGA Launches Electronic Music Initiative

Art Basel to Host Launch of Tel Aviv EDM Label
12/06/2012, Thursday
Miami Beach, FL
Art Basel, 151 NE 41st Street
Show: 6:00 pm
F r e e Admission.

As Israel and Gaza (hopefully) conclude their most recent conflict, a new music project seeks to unite the region on the dancefloor. They believe music is the best weapon against rockets and air strikes.

From the premier international modern and contemporary art show, Art Basel, a new music and art label will be born. The label, VEGA, will be based in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. The musical focus will be on EDM and will be as ethnically and spiritually diverse as Jaffa itself, one of the most consistently peaceful places for Jews, Christians, and Muslims to live and create together.…

Metropolitan Klezmer on the first day of Hanukah

Sunday, December 9
City Winery Klezmer Brunch
Metropolitan Klezmer octet plays the first day of Hanukah
11AM til 2PM live music (seating 10AM on)
New tunes a-lighting!
Full octet onstage, fresh back from tours upstate, down south & beyond:
$10 ticket (kids under 13 enter FREE)
City Winery
55 Varick Street
New York , NY 10013
Great venue & full menu; fine wines & sight-lines. No minimum order.

Cassatt Quartet to Play Gerald Cohen’s “Playing for our lives”

From a Vanished World, a program of the In the Salon series.
The superb Cassatt Quartet will be playing Gerald Cohen‘s “Playing for ourLives,” a tribute to the extraordinary story of the musicians and music of the Terezin concentration camp near Prague. The concert, at Symphony Space in Manhattan, will also include music by Viktor Ullmann and Dmitri Shostakovich.

Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7:30pm
Tickets: $30; Members $25 / 30 & Under (with I.D.) $15
Symphony Space | 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025-6990

This program of In the Salon features Terezin concentration camp composer Viktor Ullmann’s Quartet No. 3, and Shostakovich’s towering Quartet No. 8, dedicated to the victims of fascism and war, as well as a new work by Gerald Cohen, “Playing for Our Lives,” a contemporary tribute to the musical life of the camp.…

Chanukah in Song by Kol Rinah

Celebrating Chanukah in Song by Kol Rinah, Westchester’s Jewish Chorale,
in Pleasantville,NY

On Sunday December 16th at 3:00 pm, be part of a lively celebration of
Chanukah with Kol Rinah at the Rosenthal JCC of Northern Westchester,
located at 600 Bear Ridge Road, Pleasantville, New York;

Refreshments will be served. GA $22;
Students/Seniors/JCC Members, $17. ($2 Discount for Advance Sales). For
Tickets, Group Rates and other Information visit: or call (914) 243-9059

Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music

Job Opening:
Mickey Katz Endowed Chair in Jewish Music
Position Description

The UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture and the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music are pleased to invite applications from distinguished figures in composition, performance, ethnomusicology, musicology, or other scholarly disciplines for a tenured, professorial position as inaugural holder of the Mickey Katz Chair in Jewish Music. The Chair supports the study and practice of Jewish music broadly defined in terms of geographical area, historical period, and genre or style. Candidates are welcome to apply from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including interdisciplinary ones. The eventual occupant of the Chair will hold an appointment in at least one department of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music (Ethnomusicology, Music, Musicology), with the possibility of cross-appointments in other departments, as appropriate.…

Chanukah –And All that Jazz! with Anat Cohen

WHEN: Sunday, December 9th at 3 PM, promises to be one of the most exciting in recent memory as it features the Anat Cohen Quartet.
WHAT: Israeli clarinet and saxophonist Anat Cohen and group last appeared in New York, to rave reviews, at the Village Vanguard! The Chanukah Concert is always a sell-out. Get your tickets now.
For tickets:
$18 General Public
$12 AJHS, ASJM and CJH Members
$9 Students and Seniors
WHERE:Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011
Presented by The American Society for Jewish Music & The American Jewish Historical Society
For more info:

Jubilant Inter-generational Celebration at Congregation Rodelph Sholom

Congregation Rodeph Sholom will celebrate Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, with a jubilant, inter-generational Shabbat service on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 6 P.M. This year’s extravaganza will include a medley of musical performances and songful prayers led by Rodeph Sholom’s Senior Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Associate Cantor Shayna De Lowe, and Cantorial-Intern Ben Ellerin. The first night of Chanukah this year is Saturday, December 8, 2012.

This event will be a Chanukah celebration of miracles and the power of perseverance in the face of adversity. The synagogue?s volunteer adult choir will offer beloved selections such as Peter Yarrow‘s, Light One Candle, and Danny Maseng‘s, Bring on the Light, a Chanukah favorite ever since it was specially commissioned by Congregation Rodeph Sholom in 2001.…

The Hugo Weisgall Centennial Concert

The Hugo Weisgall Centennial Concert
Featuring Renowned
Opera Star, Soprano Lauren Flanigan, and New York Philharmonic cellist, Eric Barltett.
Sunday, November 18 at 3 PM
Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street, NYC

‘The Golden Peacock”
An homage to the Yiddish speakers lost in the Holocaust

“The Stronger” (1952)
A one-act opera for soprano based on a play by Strindberg.

“Will You Marry Me?” (1989)
A one-act opera for soprano and baritone, written as a companion piece to “The Stonger,” with a libretto by Chalres Kondek, the libretist of Weisgall’s opera “Esther”

“Arioso and Burlesca” (1984)
An exciting work for cello and piano, played by Eric Bartlett, who commissioned the work from Weisgalll for his NYC recital debut.

General Admission $18
Members of ASJM, AJHS & CJH $12
Seniors and Students $9
Tickets by phone: 212.868.4444
Or, Click at Below to Purchase Tickets on the Web:

From Psalm to Lamentation: A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces

Pro Musica Hebraica presents
From Psalm to Lamentation:
A Concert of Cantorial Masterpieces
Cantor Netanel Hershtik,
The Hampton Synagogue Choir
& The Amernet String Quartet

A concert honoring a rich tradition of cantorial masterpieces capturing their fundamental duality: joy and despair, longing and redemption, the deeply haunting and the wildly celebratory.

Sunday, December 2 at 3 pm
Co-presented with the Eldridge Street Museum
Eldridge Street Synagogue
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

Purchase online
or call (212) 219-0888, ext. 205.
Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students and seniors. A limited number of VIP premier seats are available for $100.

Journal of Synagogue Music Online

Many readers ask where to read articles on Jewish synagogue music. One place to start is the archive of the Journal of Synagogue Music, the publication of the Cantors Assembly. The archives of this journal is now online full text from 1967 to the present. The articles cover a wide range of topics within Jewish music, including biographical and historical materials as well as about specific pieces of music. You can keyword search the entire run, and then do a “find” in Adobe Acrobat for the location of your keyword inside a particular journal issue. The journal is located at: and is available to the public.

Zamir’s Seventh Annual Open Sing

Sunday, December 2, 4:00-6:00 pm, Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, MA. Zamir’s Seventh Annual Open Sing. Again this year, the Open Sing will be held in conjunction with LimmudBoston, an annual celebration of Jewish learning. Singers from throughout the Greater Boston area are invited to join Zamir in singing excerpts from Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus and choral songs from Israel.

Tickets are available at the door only: $10; $8 for students, seniors, or GBCC members. Free admission for LimmudBoston registrants, choral conductors, or conducting students. Funding provided by Phyllis Hammer. Join us as a singer or listener!

Cantor Jack Mendelson joins Afro-Semitic Experience Thursday

The Afro-Semitic Experience is coming to Manhattan next Thursday,
November 8, 2012 for a concert with Cantor Jack Mendelson and his son, Danny.
Concert starts at 7:00 p.m.
Address: Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street
New York, NY

The group will be playing some new arrangements along with music from the CD “Further Definitions” (including “Adoshem, Adoshem, Parts I & II”).

The museum web site, in referring to the concer writes: you should “expect a spiritual tribal
jam.” They’re right!! Afro-Semitic with Jack and Dan Mendelson are going to reinterpret some
classic works of hazzonos with the wow factor!

Bring your drums, your shakers and your dancin’ shoes. …gonna groove away those hurricane blues.

Amernet Quartet in Cincinnati

FREE Concert!
November 11 — Cincinnati, Ohio
Sheuer Chapel
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
3101 Clifton Avenue, Cincinnati

The Amernet String Quartet will perform “Music of the Jewish Diaspora” including four of Joseph Achron’s string quartets: “Scher”, “Mi Chomocho”, “Lullaby”, and “Stimmung”. These works were never published until recently — the Amernet will use advance copies of the Achron Society’s forthcoming edition of Achron’s music. The program will also include works of Shostakovich, Zhitomirski, Weinberg, Grunfeld and Haas.

Members of the String Quartet include:
Misha Viteson, violin; Marcia Littley, violin; Michael Klotz, viola and Jason Calloway, cello.

Tantshoyz! Dancing, Singing, ‘Hasidic Tish’ and more

Tantshoyz! Yiddish Dance Party/Workshop
This Sunday, October 28th, 2:00PM – 4:00PM at the Ukrainian East Village Restaurant

This Sunday, The Center for Traditional Music and Dance in collaboration with The Wandering Muse are organizing an All-Star Tantzhoyz, with a wonderful array of dancers, featuring Michael Alpert, Zev Feldman, and Steve Weintraub. The klezmer band will feature Margot Leverett, Jake Shulman-Ment, Jeff Warschauer and Pete Rushefsky.

Lace up your dancing shoes for an afternoon of fun!
This special event will be filmed for the documentary project “The Wandering Muse.” Learn more online or connect with the Muse on Facebook.
Ukrainian East Village Restaurant: 140 Second Avenue (between 8th & 9th Streets in Manhattan’s East Village
Admission $5 at the door.
For more information, contact Pete Rushefsky at , 212-571-1555 x36 (office), 917-326-9659 (cell).…

“A Prayer for Modernity: Cantor Abraham Baer (1834-1894) and the Jewish Reform Movement”

Monday, Oct. 29, 2012
1:45 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Hebrew Union College, Chapel
1 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10003
*Photo ID required for entry. Please RSVP to:
Associate Professor Anders Hammarlund, Center for Swedish Folk Music and Jazz Research

In 1877 Abraham Baer published his “Baal t’fillah oder der practische Vorbeter,” an epoch-making work in the history of Jewish liturgical music. Baer’s publication is considered the most comprehensive documentation of traditional, 19th-century European hazzanut. While his work is well known, astonishingly little has been published about Baer’s biography. My work sheds new light on the cantor’s early years in the German/Polish province Posen, and on his cultural environment in Gothenburg, Sweden, where he worked as cantor, shochet and mohel since 1857. I demonstrate that the very peculiar and specific cultural climate of the Swedish city considerably encouraged Baer in his strivings.…

“The Vienna Rite” at the Roulette in NYC . The Vienna Rite is a new chamber opera by Judith Berkson that will be premiering for two nights in November at the Roulette. There are only two performances, November 2nd and 3rd 2012. “The Vienna Rite” is the story of a new service composed in 1828 by Viennese Cantor Salomon Sulzer in collaboration with Franz Schubert and other Viennese composers which sought to merge European music with synagogue chant.

It is being performed by the new music ensemble Yarn/Wire along with guests Brian Chase and Chi-Chi Glass and features the amazing baritone Ian Greenlaw as Salomon Sulzer along with singers Lana Cencic, Allyssa Lamb, Bo Chang, Judith Berkson, Aram Tchobanian and Gavriel Savit. It is set in the historic Stadttempel with costumes and set design by Audrey Robinson.…

Grand Community Simchas Bais Hashoeva

Family Sukkot Festival & Concert
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
6:00pm until 9:00pm in PDT
Burbank Blvd cnr Whitsett
Family Succos Festival & Concert (Free Admission)

L.A.’s own Yanky Lunger
Kosher Food Vendors
Street Performers
Face Painting
L.A.’s Largest Sukkah
Arts & Crafts
& much much more!

World Premiere of Meira Warshauer’s Ocean Calling for Piano Duo

World Premiere of Meira Warshauer’s Ocean Calling I for Piano Duo
on October 7
Ocean Calling I: Waves and Currents will be given its World Premiere performance on Sunday, October 7 – 3:00 PM at the University of South Carolina Recital Hall as part of the Cornelia Freeman Concert Series.

Performers will be the Lomazov/Rackers Duo
(Marina Lomazov and Joseph Rackers). Other composers on the program will include Verdi, Mozart, Kevin McKee, John Fitz Rogers and Tayloe Harding. Visit the duo at

More about the October 7 performance at

Perlman/Helfgot CD in panel at CJH

The Center for Jewish History and the American Society of Jewish Music, along with Sony Masterwords, sponsored a panel discussion about the new CD, “Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul.” between two world-renowned musicians, violinist Yitzchak Perlman and Cantor Meir Helfgot. Hankus Netsky, spoke of his role as arranger and producer The Forward carried a story about the event:


September 30, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Tune in to WHYY-TV (channel 12), Philadelphia, for two Philadelphia Folklore Project documentaries. Eatala is a loving portrait of a ground-breaking indomitable woman, Elaine
Hoffman Watts, and the place of klezmer music in her family over five
generations. Elaine and Susan Sing Goodnight to Mishegas playfully
explores a song written and performed by Elaine’s daughter, Susan
Lankin Watts.

John Zorn: ABRAXAS: Concert at the Stone, NYC

John Zorn: ABRAXAS: Concert at the Stone, NYC
Concert description:
Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz: Abraxas: The Book Of Angels Volume 19 [#8302] – Stone Concert. October 9th, at 10 PMrd at The Stone, NYC

Producer and bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz has been a mainstay of the downtown scene for over a decade now, working with and producing CDs by Daniel Zamir, Cyro Baptista, Eyal Maoz, Jon Madof, Yoshie Fruchter and more. Here he steps out on his own to make one of the most tribal and primal installments in the Book of Angels series. Drawing on his Sephardic roots, Shanir plays gimbri throughout, giving the music a primeval Moroccan edge. Featuring the intense guitar pyrotechnics of Eyal Maoz (Edom, 9 Volt with Time Berne, Hypercolor) and Aram Bajakian (who recently has been tearing it up in Lou Reed’s new band) and the atavistic drumming of Kenny Grohowski, this is Ritualistic Jewish Rock for the 21st century from a brilliant young lion from the East Village via Brooklyn/Israel!…

Enjoy the Music Die Pianistin Edith Kraus vom Wunderkind durch Theresienstadt nach Israel

Enjoy the Music: Die Pianistin Edith Kraus vom Wunderkind durch Theresienstadt nach Israel
A Film from
Wilhelm Rösing and Marita Barthel-Rösing

You are invited to the Israel Premiere in Jerusalem
on 11th October 2012 at 5:00 p.m. in the Cinemateque.
Edith Kraus is hoping with us that she can be present at the screening.
So you may have the possibility to meet her there. Some other participants of the film will be present too. We shall have the honour to introduce them to you. We look forward to this event. In the Film Edith Kraus speaks German, other participants speak English, Hebrew or Russian. There is music played by Edith Kraus in the film!



The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene brings back the beloved musical, “The Golden Land,” for five weeks, from Sunday October 28 to December 2, with an opening on Sunday November 4 at 6pm. Created by Zalmen Mlotek and Moishe Rosenfeld, and directed by Bryna Wasserman, this new production of “The Golden Land” (which premiered Off-Broadway in 1985) reimagines the show’s scenic design and staging to heighten the theatrical experience for contemporary audiences. The innovative book and score uses period music and other source material to create a richly textured evocation of Jewish immigrant life in New York from the 1880’s into the 1910s, and again, in a second starkly different phase immediately before and after World War II.…

Menachem Wiesenberg at Hebrew College in Newton, MA

The School of Jewish Music at Hebrew College is pleased to present a Master Class led by Menachem Wiesenberg, one of Israel’s most acclaimed musicians. Composer, musician, pianist, and music educator, Mr. Wiesenberg will be on campus Wednesday, October 3 from 1:30-2:45pm to lead a master class featuring his vocal compositions as performed by students of the School of Jewish Music. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Barbara Cassidy, Administrative Director at For information about Mr. Wiesenberg:

Hebrew College
160 Herrick Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459

Eternal Echoes features Itzhak Perlman and Yitzchak Helfgot

Itzhak Perlman’s new album, Eternal Echoes: Songs and Dances for the Soul,, featuring Cantor Yitzchak Meir Helfgot, is now available for sale. The album is a collection of beloved liturgical and traditional Jewish works in new arrangements backed by chamber orchestra and klezmer musicians. It’s in stores just in time for the high holidays and online. Perlman’s website has a description of the album:

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express

Alicia Svigals’ Klezmer Fiddle Express, with Patrick Farrell and
Marty Confurius
TODAY!! On Sunday, September 9, the National Yiddish Book Center presents
internationally renowned klezmer violinist Alicia Svigals, with
klezmer luminaries Patrick Farrell on accordion and Marty Confurius
on bass.
The National Yiddish Book Center
Applebaum Driker Theater
Amherst, MA
For directions, mapquest Hampshire College, and then look for signs
for the Book Center.
Sunday, September 9, 2 PM
Tickets and info:

London Klezmer Quartet

Upcoming Performances of The London Klezmer Quartet

Sunday 9 September, Klezmer in the Park, 2pm
Regents Park Bandstand, Regents Park, London NW1 4NR.
The event runs 1-5pm.
Event info ( )

Monday 8 October, Bookmarks Bookshop, 6.30pm
Sholem Aleykhem Comrade! Music and words portraying Jewish life in
revolutionary times presented by LKQ with David Rosenberg and Julia
Bard of Jewish Socialist Magazine.
Bookmarks Bookshop, 1 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1B 3QE

Wednesday 31 October, The Red Hedgehog, 7.30pm
An evening of Yiddish song and music, with LKQ and Yuri Vedenyapin. In
association with the Spiro Ark ( ).
The Red Hedgehog, 255 – 257 Archway Road, Highgate, London N6 5BS
Event info ( )
Book tickets at

Nechama Lifshitz to be Honored in Tel Aviv

An event in honor of the 85-th birthday of Nechama Lifshitz, a legend of Yiddish singing and a founder of the Artistic Yiddish Singing Workshop in Israel, will take place on 9/10/2012 7 PM at Beit Shalom Aleichem in Tel-Aviv. The new and old students of the master class directed by Nechama will sing in honor of her.

We invite you all to greet Nechama and wish her a freylekhn geburts-tog in every way you wish. All of your greetings will be read before Nechama and her family.
For any questions
concerning the event, please contact Diana Shapiro (

Jewish Music Festival 2012 in Amsterdam

October 10-14, 2012 in Amsterdam
Tickets now on sale!

In six weeks time the International Jewish Music Festival 2012 will
start. Mames Babegenush and Gerard Edery will kick off the event on
Wednesday 10th October with an opening concert in the Portugese
Synagoge. On Thursday and Friday in the Compagnietheater,
more than 100 musicians from 14 countries will try and secure their
place in the finals on Saturday. On Sunday it’s your turn! Take
your pick from six workshops on offer or visit the Jewish cultural
market. A winners’ concert and jam session concludes the

IJMF 2012: Who? What? Where? When?
Opening concert:
Wednesday October 10, 7:30 pm

Preliminary competition rounds:
Thursday October 11 & Friday October 12, from 10 am till 10 pm

Finale and Prize Ceremony:
Saturday October 13, 7:45 pm

Workshops, Open Podium, Cultural Marketplace & Winners’ Concert:
Sunday October 14, from 10 am till 6 pm

The opening concert will be in the Portuguese Synagogue.…

Reflections of a Lost Poet

Avi Hoffman and Binyumen Schaechter
reunite with performances in
Manhattan, the Bronx and Queens this coming week!
The National Yiddish Theatre – Folksbiene
and the
City University of New York
Reflections of a Lost Poet:
The Life and Works of Itzik Manger

written by
Miriam Hoffman
Avi Hoffman
Musical Director / Arranger / Pianist
Binyumen Schaechter

This funny and moving performance follows the life
of the great Yiddish poet Itzik Manger.
Through his songs and poems, including
Afn veg shteyt a boym, Yidl mitn fidl and
excerpts from Di Megile-lider,
we discover his joy and anguish
as he lived through the best and worst of times.
In Yiddish, with English and Russian supertitles.
Hoffman and Schaechter were the creative team
behind the hit revue, Too Jewish!

Music for Deep Movement

Music for Deep Movement, Vol. 1
A new album release of original music composed by Yuval Ron

Experimental ambient slow evolving, trance inducing and all around great music for
movers, dancers, meditators and contemplators who search the deeper levels of
reality and beyond. Using organic and some electronic sounds compose,r Yuval Ron,
creates music beyond borders. Music from the Kalpa – a site specific performance at
the Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA on January 20, 2012, commissioned by Hirokazu
Kosaka and the soundtrack of the film Em Moves by director Hanna Heiting.

Purchase this CD
Phone Orders: 818-505-1355

Click to see the Yuval Ensemble perform a stunning Qawwali version of “Allah Hou”

European Cantors Association Report

Against the backdrop of the distinct possibility that chazanut and Jewish
liturgical music will become a fading remnant of a once traditional world
within Anglo Jewry, European and UK cantors assembled in Manchester for the
7th Annual European Cantors Convention. This took place from 2 – 5 July
2012, and hosted the launch of the European Cantors Association (ECA).

This new platform gave young cantors fresh resolve to engage with the
challenges they face. Working ECA Groups are being established in the North,
in London and in Europe to deal with local issues. A study day on the High
Holidays has been held in Manchester. The 2013 Convention is being planned
for London possibly with Dudu Fisher as guest. There is a growing group of
rabbinic supporters.…