Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival 2008 presents
ISRAEL@60 May 21-June 1
“ESTA in Concert“
Wednesday, May 21 7:30pm
Byham Theater, 101 6th St.
ESTA is a unique band from Israel with an innovative and original
sound. ESTA’s music combines the aromas of world music, the power of rock, and the spirit
of jazz into a powerful, energetic new force that crosses genres, styles and
borders. Proclaimed as “Israel’s most original instrumental band”, ESTA has
toured prestigious festivals and venues throughout Europe, Israel and the
U.S., including a special performance for President Clinton at a White House
reception in honor of Israel’s 50th Anniversary.
“Jerusalem of Gold“
Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Orchestra
Children’s Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh
Gila Goldstein, piano
Nurit Pacht, violin
Re’ut Ben-Ze’ev, soprano
Lucas Richman, conductor
Wednesday, May 28 7:30pm
Katz Theatre, JCC of Greater Pittsburgh 5738 Forbes Ave.
Three gifted Israeli soloists take center stage in our popular orchestral
concert. Pianist Gila Goldstein, violinist Nurit Pacht, and soprano Re’ut
Ben-Ze’ev join the Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival Orchestra to perform
works by prominent Israeli composers Paul Ben-Haim, Julius Chajes, and Noam
Sheriff. And don’t miss the Children’s Festival Chorus perform a stirring
rendition of Naomi Shemer‘s “Yerushalayim Shel Zahav”. Lucas Richman
“Israeli Songs and Dances“
featuring Nurit Pacht, violin
Gilad Harel, clarinet
with Dennis O’Boyle, violin
*Marylene Gingras-Roy, viola
Aron Zelkowicz, cello
Luz Manriquez, piano
Sunday, June 1 7:30pm
Levy Hall, Rodef Shalom Congregation 4905 Fifth Ave.
From the early settlers of Palestine to the rising generation of young
composers, Israel has produced an abundance of vital music over the past
sixty years. Our celebration continues as violinist Nurit Pacht and
clarinetist Gilad Harel join local artists in music by Jan Radzynski, Nizan
Leibovich, Oded Zehavi, Jonathan Keren, and others, who evoke the folk
traditions of their homeland by combining Arabic, Yemenite, Hebraic and
The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival is co-sponsored by the
United Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh,
The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and Rodef Shalom Congregation.
The Pittsburgh Jewish Music Festival is made possible in part by
Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts,
and the Heinz Endowments Small Arts Initiative.