Monthly Archives: March 2012

Seder Songs 2 CD set by URJ

URJ has a special 2 CD set for Passover. You can learn the tunes… some songs for very young children are included, so there’s something for everyone, including modern and ‘traditional’ songs. Seder Songs features 22 fantastic tunes for the Passover seder. The collection includes some of the most tried-and-true traditional melodies from both Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions, as well as the newest contemporary settings from artists like Peter and Ellen Allard, Noah Budin, Max Chaiken, Eric Komar, Steven Sher and Peri Smilow. The collection includes a variety of songs tailored to children as well as offerings for adults of all ages. A variety of singers and voices break up the album for more enjoyable listening and learning.

Seder Songs includes an innovative approach for its use in a contemporary home or modern seder setting.…

Evening of Yiddish Song: The Sidor Belarsky Songbook

The Congress for Jewish Culture and the New Yiddish Rep present
“An Evening of Yiddish Song–
The Sidor Belarsky Songbook”
Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: 5pm
Location: Temple Beth Emeth, 83 Marlborough Rd., Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. (B
or Q train to Church Ave.)

Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell, an African-American classical singer of
opera and lieder, has embarked on a project of personal anecdote,
engagement and expression through Yiddish art song with his performance of
selections from *The Sidor Belarsky Songbook*.

“Being an operatic bass (as Sidor Belarsky was) an African-American by
birth and a Jew by choice, the recital repertoire of Sidor Belarsky
provides a unique potential for me as an artist to actively embody the
aspirations, desires and struggles of one diaspora culture enriched with
the colors and experiences of another.”

Learn more about this performer at his website:

Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue in NYC
events from 6:00pm until 11:00pm
Wednesday, Mar 21 at 08:00 PM – The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble East Village Klezmer Series
.6 – 7:30PM Klezmer Workshop led by special guest, Bassist Brian Glassman!! $25
8 – 9:15PM The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble $15 (includes a drink)
9:30 – 11PM Klezmer Jam Session, led by Aaron Alexander and guests

Full evening pass $35 (includes Workshop or Yiddish Class, Concert, Jam Session & one drink!)

The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble
featuring Sy Kushner (accordion), Aaron Kushner (alto sax), Jeremy Brown (violin,) and Marty Confurius (bass) and special guest Ken Maltz on clarinet

Judith Shatin

Judith Shatin’s Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi
will be performed
by pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst
on 4/29/12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Roberts Music Center
4200 54th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
on the Eckerd College Recital Series
on 5/06/12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
in conjunction with the Judy Chicago Exhibition in Sacramento, CA.

Mary Kathleen Ernst website:
My website:

Program notes:

Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi was inspired by the folk song
Eliahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet), often sung during the closing
service of the Jewish Sabbath. The letters of Chai, which means
life or living in Hebrew, symbolically stand for the number 18;
hence, 18 variations. I decided to give the performer a choice
regarding the ordering of the variations as a reflection of my
sense of performance as a collaboration between performer and
composer (and, for that matter, listener).…

Veretski Pass and Choral Music in CA

San Francisco: Sat, Mar 17, 8 PM
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1111 O’Farrell St.
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Oakland: Sun, Mar 18, 4 PM
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St.
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The concerts showcase a variety of new and standard Klezmer music,
and a wealth of choral music by Jewish composers, including richly
scored six-part Shir Hama’alot by 17th century Italian composer
Salamone Rossi, beloved works by Darius Milhaud and Felix
Mendelssohn, a lush piece by 19th century composer David Nowakowsky called
Hashkivenu #2, Sylke Zimpel’s arrangement of the familiar
folk tune Tumbalalaika, and compelling psalm settings by contemporary
composers George Rochberg, Malcolm Singer, and Karen Tarlow.

For this program local composer Tina Harrington and
Composer-Not-in-Residence Matt Van Brink each created new works that
feature the two ensembles.…

Dudu Fisher in Minneapolis

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, One Night Only — Israel’s Foremost Singer and Broadway Star Dudu Fisher in a special celebration!
When: Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

To watch the short promotional video click:

To order tickets call 612.371.5656 or visit for more information.
For groups of 10 or more, use coupon code GROUP to receive 50% off

Michael Winograd Klezmer trio en Concert Exceptionnel

Thursday, March 15, 2012
8:30pm until 10:30pm

L’UEJF Art et Culture t’invite en exclusivité au premier Concert à Paris du Michael Winograd Trio tout droit venu de NYC pour Toi!

Musique Klezmer d’exception, ambiance de folie et prix cassé pour ce Concert mémorable!

Le Michael Winograd trio (Michael Winograd – Clarinette ; Patrick Farrell – Accordéon ; Benjy Fox-Rosen – Contrebasse) réunit trois des meilleurs musiciens Klezmer de la scène New Yorkaise. Mêlant des mélodies traditionnelles puissantes à de nouvelles compositions, de somptueux arrangements de musique de chambre à des improvisations à couper le souffle, ce nouveau trio montant est en passe de redéfinir le son de la musique Klezmer contemporaine.
A écouter d’urgence!

Réservation au : 01 43 31 93 60 ou en nous envoyant un mail facebook avec tes nom, prénom et nombre de places.…

Yiddish Break at UPenn

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5:00pm until Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:00pm
קומט און פֿאַרברענגט אױף אונדזער הײַיאָריקער ייִדיש־ברײק אין אין דער אוניװערסיטעט פֿון פּענסילװאַניע!

Come recharge your Yiddish battery with our sixth annual Yiddish Break at UPenn March 23-25th.

Register at
University of Pennsylvania
3600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Old World/New World Klezmer with Hot Pastromi

Sunday, March 18, 2012
3:00pm until 5:00pm

As part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations, Yale Strom and his band Hot Pstromi will put a new spin on traditional klezmer music, updating Lower East Side sounds that were all the rage when the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue first opened.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors
Co-sponsored by The Workmen’s Circle – In Memory of George Schein
Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002

2 Choruses in Boston

Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Two of Boston’s finest choruses
presenting 400 years of the most beautiful music
from the Christian and Jewish traditions.
The Zamir Chorale of Boston
The Trinity Choirs
together in concert
120 voices
in historic Trinity Church, Copley Square,
one of the America’s architectural Jewels
with cantors Scott Sokol and Elias Rosemberg
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Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble at The Sixth Street Synagogue

The Sixth Street Synagogue East Village Klezmer Series
Wed. March 21, 2012
8:00 pm
The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble
Sy Kushner, Accordion
Aaron Kushner, Alto Sax
Jeremy Brown, Violin
Marty Confurius, Bass
with Special Guest, Ken Maltz, Clarinet

Sixth Street Synagogue
325 East Sixth Street
New York, N.Y.
(212) 478-3665
For more info on the Klezmer Series, click

For more info on Sy Kushner, click

The Leo Kraft 90th Birthday Concert at the Center for Jewish History

On Sunday, March 11th at 3 PM the Society will present The Leo Kraft 90th
Birthday Concert at the Center for Jewish History. This performance will
feature some of New York’s finest chamber music players, including flutist
Patricia Spencer, clarinetists Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, violinist
Renne Jolles, violist Mark Halloway, and cellist Marcy Rosen, as well pianist
Morey Ritt, who will premiere Testimonium, a new work Kraft has written
for her.

Among other works on the program are New Songs from Old, a fantasy for
solo clarinet based on traditional Jewish motifs and Seven Hebrew Songs to
poems by medieval Hebrew poets, sung by the American baritone Thomas
Meglioranza, with David Jolley, horn and Konstantza Chernov, piano. Hailed by The
Boston Globe
for his “vocal distinction and expressive warmth,” Meglioranza
is one of this country’s most sought-after and unique young singers.…

Girls in Trouble at JCC in Manhattan

Thu, Mar 15, 2012
Brooklyn poet and multi-instrumentalist Alicia Jo Rabins’ “hauntingly lovely melodies” explore dark stories of biblical women and the hidden places where their complicated lives overlap with her own. In this one-time-only event, the JCC curates live performance of real bat mitzvah speeches, performed in musical conversation with Girls in Trouble’s songs. Hosted by stand-up comic JUDY GOLD With: New York Times best-selling author of Unorthodox, DEBORAH FELDMAN Glittery downtown performance artist GLENN MARLA 16-year-old actress SAM MOZES This performance event is presented in conjunction with The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery exhibit, Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age, and will be followed by a gallery wine reception.

tickets: $15/$20
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