JCC MusicFest West Bloomfield

June 20-27
D. Dan & Betty Kahn Building on the Eugene & Marcia Applebaum Jewish Community Campus in West Bloomfield.
Tickets on sale May 10, 2004
Highlighting the musical heritage of the Jewish people through a variety of programs that educate and entertain our community, while encouraging affiliation with the Jewish Community Center.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Katie Marcus at

Shira Klein
Sunday, June 20, 1 p.m.
Sponsored by Alan & Jackie Menuck,
Jill & Craig Menuck and Dr. Phoebe & Dr. Harris Mainster

Hey Kids! Get ready for the opening night of MusicFest with a special Father’s Day Treat just for families! Get up and dance with the Jewish-Bop sing-along music of Shira Kline from New York. Organizational support by Temple Kol Ami and Federation’s Alliance for Jewish Education.
Check out more at www.shirlala.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $8 for adults, $4 for kids under 12
JCC Member Advance Price: $5 for adults, $2 for kids under 12
All children under the age of 3: Free
Yale Strom: The Last Klezmer- Feld Un Shtrom
Sunday, June 20, 3 p.m.

Presented by the Workman’s Circle/Arbeter Ring – The Circle of Jewish Culture
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of his renowned film “The Last Klezmer,” internationally renowned artist Yale Strom will present a hand-clapping, foot-stomping musical performance interwoven with excerpts from the film and discussion about the revival of klezmer and other Jewish culture in Europe today.

“Yale Strom is a commanding bandleader and composer.” – Pulse! Magazine

Check out more at http://members.aol.com/yitztyco.
Tickets: General Admission: $10, JCC and Workmen’s Circle Members Advance Price: $8
Open Night Performance
Sunday, June 20, 7:30 p.m.
This unique women’s a cappella group from California incorporates folk and world beat to the once traditional Jewish cantorial sound. Vocolot’s 1997 album “Behold” was nominated for the best World/Folk album by the Contemporary A Capella Society of America. Organizational support by Seeds of Peace and Congregation Shir Tikvah.

“Vocolot has soared like their harmonies to prominence in the contemporary a cappella world.” – San Francisco Bay Guardian
Check out more at www.vocolot.com
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12

Yiddishkayt with Elaine Serling
Monday, June 21, 1 p.m.
Location: Oak Park JCC
Local musician Elaine Serling will perform traditional Yiddish favorites and original composition.
Check out more at www.elaineserling.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $2, JCC Member Advance Price: $1
Rockin’ the Shtetl
with Seth Rogovoy
Tuesday, June 22, 2 p.m.
Nationally known Jewish music authority and critic Seth Rogovoy will present a self-contained, multi-media journey through the entire history and evolution of klezmer music, from Old World shtetls to New World nightclubs and concert halls. His highly acclaimed book, The Essential Klezmer: A Music Lover’s Guide to Jewish Roots and Soul Music, will be on sale following the program. Organizational support by the Institute for Retired Professionals and JCC Annual Jewish Book Fair.

“Fascinating, Comprehensive.” – DC City Paper
“A lot more than essential!” – Folk legend Arlo Guthrie
Check out more at www.berkshire.com/rogovoy.
Tickets: General Admission: $5, JCC Member Advance Price: $3
“Side By Side By Sondheim”
Tuesday, June 22, 7 p.m.
Location: Temple Israel
Presented by Temple Israel
“Side By Side By Sondheim” features the voices of Cantor Lori Corrsin, cantorial soloist, Neil Michaels, and soprano Stephanie Michaels, in a program of music by the talented Stephen Sondheim. Relive all your Broadway favorites in this musical extravaganza.
Tickets: Free of charge, but tickets are required.
Peter Himmelman
Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m.
Second show! 9:30 p.m.
Location: Oak Park JCC
Emmy-nominated Peter Himmelman performs classic folk rock. His fans are drawn to the singer/songwriter’s unique blend of personal insight and elements of mystical Judaism. In addition to his ten highly-acclaimed albums, he has written scores for many movies and television shows, including CBS’s Judging Amy. Organizational support by Yeshivat Akiva, Young Israel Council of Metro Detroit and Aish HaTorah.
“One of rock’s most wildly imaginative performers.” – USA Today
Check out more at www.peterhimmelman.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12
Sarah Aroeste Band
Thursday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
Vocalist Sarah Aroeste and her band of some of New York’s hottest musicians combine traditional Ladino Mediterranean music with contemporary rock, blues and jazz. Using traditional instruments, such as oud, qanun, and darbuka alongside electric guitar, bass and drums, the band (Yoel Ben-Simhon, musical director, oud, piano, vocals; Alan Cohen, electric guitar; Emmanuel Mann, electric bass; Liron Peled, percussion) brings a fresh new face to Ladino and Sephardic music. Aroeste was recently featured on NPR as a new up-and-coming artist in the Sephardi music world.
Sponsored by Melba Winer & Family, in memory of Sidney J. Winer.
Organizational support by Keter Torah Sisterhood & SAJE (Seminars for Adult Jewish Enrichment)
“Drawing from her cool, funky background, Aroeste is determined to preserve and promote the Sephardic sound,” – The Jewish Week
Check out more at www.saraharoeste.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12
Afro-Semitic Experience
Featuring David Chevan and Warren Byrd
Sunday, June 27
12 noon – Workshop
2 p.m. – Concert
12 noon: Listen to a sound check as the Afro-Semitic Experience gears up for their 2 p.m. concert. In an informal setting, band members will discuss their music and answer questions.

Followed by…
2 p.m.: Many are quick to pigeon-hole the genre of jazz. The Afro-Semitic Experience is a perfect exponent of the joyous culture clash big bang theory. Co-led by bassist David Chevan, and pianist Warren Byrd, this East Coast quintet celebrates the fusion of elements from the African-American and Jewish-American experiences.

“This sound, the common experience of two peoples, has a message – and beauty – for all people.” John Barnett, Short Takes, JazzUSA.com
Workshop Tickets: Free of charge, but tickets are required.
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12
Conversation with the Chair: Frank London
Sunday, June 27, 4:30 p.m.
Extra! Extra! Arthur Horwitz, publisher of the Detroit Jewish News, will speak with noted composer, musician and Honorary MusicFest Chair Frank London on the current state of Jewish music in America. Find out how new trends and traditional elements are redefining Jewish identity. Organizational support by the Detroit Jewish News.

“An avatar of Klezmer music, Frank London is unsurpassed in his profound depth and understanding of the roots of Jewish music…while at the same time being one of the most forward-looking of its practitioners. – Seth Rogovoy, author of The Essential Klezmer
Tickets: Free of charge, but tickets are required.
Golem featuring Frank London
Sunday, June 27, 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Francee & Benson Ford
Frank will perform with Golem, a Klezmer band that describes its style as “Shtetl Punk.” Filled with edgy Greenwich Village Eastern European influences, their sound is a rollicking stomp trhough Jewish culture. Organizational Support by Congregation Beth Ahm, Sholem Aleichem Institute and the Charles & Frances Driker Yiddish Culture Fund.

“One of the finest bands of the younger generation of klezmorim.” – Tonic Magazine
Check out more at www.franklondon.com or www.golemrocks.com.
Tickets: General Admission: $15, JCC Member Advance Price: $12