Announcements Archive 2001

All archival announcements from 2001 listed below.


AMJ: L’Association Amis de la Musique Juive
L’Association AMJ: Les Amis de la Musique Juive –Friends of Jewish Music in Geneva, Switzerland sponsors exhibits, concerts, lectures, debates and music workshops. The first CD produced by AMJ has segments that can be listened online. It’s the digital “live” recording from the “Psalm” concert organized on March 11th 2001. To hear a presentation:

Voices: Continuity and Community

Gala opening concert of the Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture

Saturday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m., Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash Street (at 45th
Avenue), Vancouver

The Peretz Centre will celebrate the offical opening of its new
facilities with a concert featuring vocalists Claire Klein Osipov,
Grace Chan, Marcus Mosely and Stephen Aberle. Under the artistic
direction of, and with accompaniment by Wendy B. Stuart, the soloists
will perform favourite selections from their own diverse repertoire,
as well as ensemble pieces specially arranged for this concert.

Tickets: $25; call (604) 325-1812 or (604) 322-6077. (Also available
at Kaplan’s Star Deli at 41st Avenue and Oak Street)

Produced by WRS Productions
For further information: Ron or Wendy Stuart, (604) 321-7821

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European Day of Jewish Culture
Delegations of the ECJC ( European Council of Jewish Communities ), B’nai B’rith Europe, Red de Juderias de Espania and the Agence de Development Touristique du Bas-Rhin met with Mr. Michel Thomas-Penett and Mrs. Anne-Marie Simon, the representatives of the European Institute of Cultural Routes, an institute of the Council of Europe, located in Luxembourg. The purpose of the meeting was to present the European Day of Jewish Culture, which will take place on September 2, 2001 in about 20 countries in Europe. During this day, Jewish sites like synagogues cemeteries, ritual baths, museums, ancient Jewish quarters etc. will be widely open to the public.

For more information , contact:
Gady Gronich TEL. + 49 89 4800 2909 Email:
François Moyse TEL. + 352 21270666 Email :

The Northeast Music, Art and Dance Festival is scheduled this year for the
weekend of October, 26, 27 and 28th. NOMAD is held at Newtown High School in
Newtown, CT. It is located at exit 11 just off Route 84 and is very easy to
get to especially from NY, Mass. and most of CT.

Of Jewish music and dance interest:
Saturday, Oct. 27th- Klezmer Music jam with Margot Leverett NEFESH Klezmer performance
Klezmer Dance with Willa Horowitz and Margot Leverett and Friends
Sun., Oct. 28th- Classic Israeli Dance Workshop with Danny Pollock

NOMAD follows a format that is similar to NEFFA which encourages
participation and immersion in the music and dance offerings.
Check out the website for info re: schedule, lodging directions, etc. This
year’s grid should be posted soon.


Special U.S. Tour by Greece’s Celebrated Singer, Maria Farandouri.
September-October, 2001 with
Henning Schmiedt, Piano

Jens Naumilkat, Cello
Volker Schlott, flute, saxophone
Yiannis Zotos, bouzouki, guitar, oud
Thanassis Zotos, baglama, percussion

One appearance in New York City: October 6th, 8pm: Olympic Theater, 851
Prospect Ave, Bronx, NY.

Campus Concerts
September 28th, 8pm: Mendelssohn Theater, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
October 3rd, 8pm: Maliotis Cultural Center, Hellenic College, Boston
October 5th, 8pm: Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University, Princeton.

Her voice has been called “a gift from the Gods of Olympus” (The Guardian ,
London). The late President of the French Republic, François Mitterand, wrote: “For
me Greece is Maria Farandouri. This is how I imagined the Goddess Hera to be: strong,
pure and vigilant. I have never encountered any other artist able to give
me such a strong sense of the divine.” Maria Farandouri has been an
unofficial Greek ambassador in the service of peace and international human
rights, performing at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, and at the 50th
anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp of Mauthausen, as
well with Turkey’s leading singer/song-writer Zulfu Livanelli. A legend in
Greek music, Ms. Farandouri is an international star who has performed and
recorded with stars like Zubin Mehta, Mercedes Sosa, the Berliner Ensemble
and guitarist John Williams.

Ms. Farandouri began her career interpreting the songs of
Greece’s leading composer, Mikis Theodorakis (Nobel Peace Prize nominee, 2000 and
internationally famous Greece for film scores -Zorba the Greek, Serpico ,
Z). She soon became his greatest interpreter, and many of his songs were
writen for her deep, thrilling voice. During the 1980’s and 1990’s Maria
Farandouri worked with an increasingly broad spectrum of international
composers and performers. For the last decade she has worked with an
outstanding group of young musicians from Germany. Earlier this year she
performed with them in a triumphant concert at the Sydney Opera House where
she was hailed by the press simply as a “Diva”. This summer Farandouri has
given packed concerts at Pamplona, Spain, and at the Herod Atticus Theater
in Athens

Ms. Farandouri and her musicians are visiting the United States
with the generous assistance of the Greek Ministry of Culture. Her first concert
will be at University of Michigan where she will be the guest of honor at
the inauguration of the new Cavafy Chair in Modern Greek Studies on
September 28th. On October 3rd she will perform at the Maliotis Cultural
Center in Boston which is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Princeton
University’s Program in Hellenic Studies will be her host for a concert in
the on October 5th, and on October 6th she will give her final concert at
the new Olympic Theater in the Bronx.

Ms. Farandouri will present songs by Greece’s leading composers –
Theodorakis, Hadjidakis, Loizos, and others – as well as traditional Greek
folk songs and rebetika.

For further information contact the individual concert centers:
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Laura Pavledes): 734-998-6255.
Maliotis Cultural Center, Boston (Tina Papadopoulos): 617-522-2800
Princeton University, Princeton (Hellenic Studies): 609-258-3339
Olympic Theater, Bronx (Vassilis Papaioannou): 718-378-1200

A press release…. in their own words….
Dear Sirs,

May I introduce myself my name is Arthur I. Chirgadze. I m husband and, at the same time, manager of Mrs. Maria Yacubovich. Maria Yacubovich is only one professional Yiddish performer in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

In the beginning of this year, she produced audio-album Back to origin . Representation of American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee JOINT in the Republic of Uzbekistan, Association of Jewish Community of Uzbekistan, some different organizations and persons were this audio-album’s initiators.

This audio-album was outlined and created as enlightening album which includes the main ways of Yiddish Songs. Next songs are in the audio-album Back to origin :
1. Nigun (Mihayish)
2. Sabbath song (Hamavdil beyn koydesh lekhol)
3. Nigun (Esn est zikh)
4. On the brae (Afn oykhn barg)
5. Little boots (Di sapojkelekh)
6. Yiddish tale (A mol iz geven a mayse)
7. Wedding song (Kale, kale)
8. Let us together… (Lomir ale ineynem)
9. You shouldn t go with any other girls (Do zolst nit geyn mit keyn andere meydelakh)
10. The rose (Royse)
11. A strings of pearls (Shnirele perele)
12. The luck (Mazl)
13. The little Gypsy (Dos kleyne tsigaynerl)
14. Raisins and almonds (Rojinkes mit mandlen)
15. The well (Di krenetse)
16. I stand beneath a carob tree (Ikh stey unter a bokserboym)
17. My God, why hast Thou forsaken me? (Eyli, eyli lomo azavtoni)

Audio-album is very harmonious in spite of various songs.

The audio-album CDs produced on the high professional level in every phase of production. Master-disk created at the best professional studio in Uzbekistan – Sound Record Studio IOSIS . The Studio IOSIS made duplication of CDs too. The biggest advertising firm in Uzbekistan – SK-Media – made cover design and printing. So, the audio-album Back to Origin has a high professional level of sound and cover design in spite of it produced in Uzbekistan.


Sincerely yours,

Arthur I. Chirgadze 4254, GlavPochtamt
Tashkent, 700000
Republic of Uzbekistan

e-mail – OR,

fax +99871 1332671
tel. +99871 1812805 (mobile)

Shem Tov Levy

Circle of Dreams

Shem Tov Levy combines his Balkan heritage with the Yemenite Sephardic sounds of his hometown neighborhood. Contact Magda music.

A group called Klezska has produced an album. They are part of yet another new wave
in Jewish music. MP3 files are available online at:

Album, “London Unplugged” has been released, and the group has a website: Music by Yisroel Lamm and songs composed by Yoel Calek. Other members are Dovid-Zvi Calek, and Motti and Shloimie Richman. The website provides information for purchasing their CD, but not much information about the group. There is a guest book and visitors can leave questions for group members.

Jonathan Cahr: La Yeladim
Jonathan Cahar has a new CD of children songs. In Hebrew and English. Some holiday songs.
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–Birmingham, UK–
Saturday June 23rd Roots and Harmony with Oi-Va-Voi and MoMo, As part of Celebrating Sanctuary in Refuge Week, Centenary Square, Birmingham. 2 pm. Free. For more information contact:

Judy Frankel, a singer of Sephardic music will have a concert:
Thursday June 21, 2001 7:30pm
Temple Emanu-El Beth Sholom, Montreal
4100 Sherbrooke Street, West
Westmount, QC H23 1AI, Canada
tel 514-937-3575
fax 514-937-7058

The Peretz Centre for Secular Jewish Culture presents the Vancouver
Jewish Folk Choir in its Annual Spring Concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday,
June 3 at the Ben Chud Auditorium in the Peretz Centre, 6184 Ash
Street in Vancouver.

Featured is the cantata “Oifn Fidl” (“The Fiddle”), based on
a story
by Sholem Aleichem, with soloist Stephen Aberle and narrator Alex

Guest performers are Claire Klein Osipov (vocalist), Wendy Bross
Stuart (piano) and Michael Braverman (clarinet).

The Vancouver Jewish Folk Choir is conducted by David Millard.
Elliott Dainow is the piano accompanist and David Skulski will be on
oboe. The choir was founded by the late Searle Friedman.

Tickets ($12) are available at the Peretz Centre or from chior
members. For information, reservations or tickets, phone (604) 325-
1812 or (604) 327-6799.

The Annual Spring Concert is co-sponsored by the Shaya Kirman
Memorial Foundation for Yiddish Culture.

–Washington, D.C.–
Zemer Chai, Washington’s Jewish Community Chorus, founded and conducted by Eleanor Epstein, will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a gala concert on Thursday, June 7, 2001. 7:30 p.m. Held at Congregation B’nai Tzedek, 10621 South Glen Road, Potomac, Maryland. The concert will feature the Washington Premiere of “An American Kedusha”, a new work by world renowned composer and arranger, Alice Parker, as well as appearances by David Burger and Cantor Benjie Ellen Schiller, who will join the choir in performing their original compositions. A reception will follow the performance. Patron tickets are $36 each. Regular tickets are $15 in adnvance and $18 at the door. For further information or to order tickets, please contact maran Beth Gluckstein at Bethesda Jewish Congregation, 301-469-8636, or
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Betty Silberman
Betty Silberman, a dynamic Yiddish and cabaret singer has a new website listing her recent CD’s and contact information for performances. Based in Boston.
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Leonid Portnoy, Copyist
A music copyist based in Israel welcomes inquires from abroad. Uses Finale on a PC.
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–Brooklyn, NY–
Isle of Klezbos performs Saturday, January 6, 2001, 6pm-8:30pm t the Brooklyn Museum of Art’s “First Saturday” series. Free Admission. 200 Eastern Pkwy, Brooklyn, NY… Hall of the Americas, ground floor, INFO: 718-638-5000. subways 2,3,4,5 to Eastern Parkway station. All female instrumentals and vocals.
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–London, UK–
KlezFest London, July 1-4, 2001: A Festival of Klezmer Music and Yiddish Culture will have a four-day course of masterclasses, workshops and performances. The program will be held at SOAS, University of London. Scholarships are available for your musicians to attend. Contact: Geraldine Auerbach, MBE, Director, Jewish Music Institute. The School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London Wc1H OXg. Tel +44 (0)20-7898-4308. FAX +44 (0)20 7898-4309. Visit their website at: or email
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–Kiev, Ukraine–
The Second KlezFest in Ukraine will take place in Crimea, Evapotoria City on August 28-September 1, 2001. This event will include lectures of Ukrainian and American tutors as for the history and present day of klezmer music over the world. Master classes with Zalmen Mlotek, Adrienne Cooper and Frank London. For more information, contact: the Center of Jewish Education in the Ukraine. Kurskaya Str. 6. Kieve 03049 Ukraine. Or Email:

–Cincinnati, OH–
Mifgash Musicale, A Summer Institute for Synagogue Musicians will take place on the campus of HUC-JIR July 15-19, 2001. The program is offering studies in High Holiday liturgy, repertoire for High Holidays, and working with composers, musicians, cantors and master teachers.The program is designed as intensive 5 day workshop for singers, organists, conductors, and music directors.

Isle of Klezbos is proud to participate in a program presented by Jews for
Racial & Economic Justice honoring W o m e n ‘s H i s t o r y M o n t h:
“JEWISH WOMEN ROAR! An Evening of Jewish Women’s Words and Music”
Thursday, March 29th, 7pm-9pm. Brotherhood Synagogue (a haven of sisterhood, too).
28 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan. With spoken words from esteemed writers Blanche Wiesen Cook (emcee & activist reflections), Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz, Enid Dame, Gerry Gomez Pearlberg and
Jessica Stein … followed by our fun-loving, leonine mystique-filled klezmer music set …
Tkts $25/$10, proceeds to benefit Jews for Racial & Economic Justice: no one
is turned away by this worthy progressive organization; see their website for more details! tel: 212-647-8966
For more on Isle of Klezbos, powerhouse all-female klezmer sextet, see, tel: 212-475-4544

DIRECTIONS to this event:
Gramercy Park South is at East 20th St between Irving Place & 3rd Avenue in
Take the N/R subway (uptown: if still running express due to construction) to
Union Square or the N/R (downtown), F,1/9, or 6 train to 23rd St. M23 bus
runs crosstown on 23rd.

92nd Street Y: Music of the Jewish Spirit. The Jazzy ’20s. “Jazz influence in the Music of Gershwin and Schulhoff.” Sunday, April 1, 3:00pm tickets $25. Flutist Carol Wincenc and pianist Margaret Kampmeier perform Schulhoff’s Sonata for Flute and Piano followed by Ted Nash, alto saxophone, in Hot Sonata. Kampmeier also performs Gershwin’s Three Preludes and accompanies baritone Keith Phares and soprano Raquela Sheeran in a medley of Gershwin’s popular songs.Contact the Y for full details: tickets or catalog, call 212-415-5500 or visit the 92nd Street Box Office (Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street.)

–Brooklyn, NY–
Metropolitcan Klezmer headlines. Sunday, March 4. 8 piece band. Triple bill starting at 2pm. Yale Klezmer Band and Hester Street Klezmer Trio open the show. For reservations 718-951-4500. For more information about directions, see for subway directions in NY. Metropolitan Klezmer features Ismail Butera, accordion, bendir; rick Faulkner, trombone; Pam fleming, trumpet and flugelhorn; Michael Hess, violin, ney and kanun; Dave Hofstra, bass and tuba; Deborah Karpel, vocals; Debra Kresiberg, clarinet and alto sax; and Eve Sicular, drums. A photo of the group is available online at

Klezmer and Yiddish Song at the Village Temple. Sunday, March 4 at 6-8pm. Part of the World Care Concert Series. Designed for families. The Strauss/Warschauer Duo, The Village Temple, 33 East 12th Street, NYC, Cost: $18 per adult per concert. $5 for ages 10-17. Younger children free. Snacks and beverages included in ticket price. Call 212-674-2340 ext. 300 for information or email at

–Brooklyn, NY–
The legendary Moroccan singer, Samy Elmaghribi will have a concert at the Sephardic Lebanese Congregation, 805 Avenue T, Brooklyn, NY on March 10, 2001. at 9pm. Admission is $65. There will be Glatt Kosher hors d’oeurves, soft drinks and liquor. Tickets can be purchased by calling 718-531-6092. Credit cards accepted.
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YaD meets Cafe Oran at CARGO. Kingsland Viaduct. 83 Rivington Street, EC2. 020-7739-3440. Wednesday, March 14. 8pm-1am. 5 pounds on the door. Live bands start at 9:30pm. Abdelkader Saadoun, the UK’s finest and funkiest Rai band, meets Oi-va-voi with their old-world klezmer and contemporary club culture. with the DJ posse orannaise Rita Ray, Max Reinhardt, Hamid ZagZoule and Nikki Lucas from Care Oran and visuals. For more information contact Josephine at or check out the website at
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–Montreal, Canada and elsewhere–
Hesperion XXI led by Jordi Saval performs “Diaspora Sephardi” with some selections from its CD. March 4 at Centre Pierre Peladeau, Montreal.
March 5 Temple Judea, Coral Gables, Florida
March 6 Alice Tully Hall, New York
March 7 Grand Theatre du Quebec, Quebec City
March 10 Town Hall, Seattle
March 11 Chan Center, Vancouver
March 12 Temple Israel, Minneapolis, MN
March 14 Houston Fine Arts Center, Denver, CO
March 15 Orange County Performing Arts Center, Costa Mesa
March 16 Unitarian Church, Berkeley, CA
March 18 Royce Hall, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
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–Manchester, England–
Celebrate Klezmer music on Sunday, March 25 in Manchester. Klezmik, at 1pm at Stall Care Bar, Bridgewater Hall. Klezmer Workshop with Merlin Shepherd 2-5pm Barbirolli Room, Bridgewater Hall, Locst 5 pounds. Booking essential. Box Office 0161-907-9000. Klezmer en Buenos Aires. 7:30pm, Chetham’s School of Music, Long Millgate, Manchester 3. tickets 10 pounds, 8.5 pounds for workshop participants. North Chesire WIZO in association with the Jewish Music Institute and Mancester Balfour Trust. For Further information from the Jewish Music Education: POBox 184 Manchester M156JB. Tel 0161-232-1584, 01663 746621.
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–Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, New York–
Center for Traditional Music and Dance, in collaboration with the Nashi Traditsii Organizing Committee, presents: NASHI TRADITSII, “Our Traditions”, Music for the Jewish Wedding, celebrating old-world klezmer musician German Goldenshteyn. Sunday April 1, 2001. Workshops 12:30-3:30. Concerts and Party at 4:00pm. Shorefront YM-YWHA,3300 Coney Island Ave. Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. The program begins at 12:30 with three FREE workshops on different aspects of the Jewish Wedding: the traditional Jewish wedding banquest at 12:30. Klezmer music and dance aat 1:30 and wedding vocal traditions at 2:30. At 4:00pm there will be a gala performance and dance party. Designed to recapture the spirit of an old world Jewish wedding, this festivity will spotlight di Molever Kompanye, a traditonal klezmer ensemble featuring Mr. Goldenshteyn. Ensemble Tereza and Ensemble Shashmaqam will also perform wedding music and dance of the Mountain Jewish (Caucasian) Bukharan (Central Asian) Jewish communities. All performers will play music for audience participatory dancing and delicious kosher food will be on sale. tickets to the concert at $10 ($5 Seniors and students) and may be purchased by calling 212-528-1201 (English) or 718-646-1444 (Russian) or at the shorefront YM-YWHA, Monday-Friday, 9am-9p,. Sunday 9am-5pm.
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–Los Angeles–
MIKVEH, the all star women’s klezmer band will have their LA debut on Saturday, February 24 at 8pm at Temple Isaiah, 10345 W. Pico Blvd. West LA. Stars Adrienne Cooper, Lauren Brody. Tickets, $20 and $15 for students are available at the door. Phone for advance tickets from Yiddishkayt Los Angeles 323-692-8151.

–Geneva, Switzerland–
Musique Traditionnelle Sans Frontieres (D’Europe de L’est et D’ailleurs…) Lisa Chnaider, violon, et Marc Chnaider, accordeon. Mercredi 24 janvier 2001 a 20h30. A l’Ecole Rudolf Steiner, 2 Chemin de Narly. 1232 Confignon/GE (Suisse). TPG: ligne2/Parking P+R de Bernex. Entree libre/collecte.. Informations: Hilda Longchamp, tel 079-611-79-78. Geneva klezmer page:
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