MARCH 4-26, 2006!
Tickets and Info: 415-276-1511 or
Concerts throughout the San Francisco Bay Area
Group, Senior and Student Discounts available

Opening Night March 4th for a rare Bay Area appearance of the heroically nutty,
genre-bending NEW ORLEANS KLEZMER ALLSTARS, New Orleans’ top world music band.
Of Special Interest:

FROM ISTANBUL TO JERUSALEM: 3/19 – Direct from Turkey- Yahudice: Sephardic
music from an ensemble of Turkey’s finest musicians with Israeli Ladino
singer Hadass Pal-Yarden. Thrust Stage/ Berkeley Repertory Theatre

Other Highlights:

I-TAL-YA: 3/5 – Italian Jewish music and song with Francesco Spagnolo,
Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of Brave Old World

BAGELS AND BONGOS: 3/11- Septeto Rodriguez and special guest Irving Fields
in a riotous fusion of Havana, Harlem and the Catskills

TRADITIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS: 3/12 – Cantors Alberto Mizrahi and Jack
, with pianists Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others

JEWISH FRINGES: 3/16 – World premieres of New Music by top Bay Area
composers: Paul Dresher, Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott

BEYLE SCHAECHTER-GOTTESMAN 3/23 – America’s leading Yiddish poet and
songwriter, honored this year by the NEA as a national treasure

THREE YIDDISH DIVAS 3/25 – Joanne Borts, Theresa Tova and Adrienne Cooper
pour passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz, cabaret and theater songs.

COMMUNITY MUSIC DAY 3/26 – hosted by the hilarious Josh Kornbluth,
featuring an exotic Instrument Petting Zoo, workshops and performances all
day for all ages.

A program of the Berkeley Richmond Jewish Community Center.

The complete Festival program follows:
OPENING NIGHT: New Orleans Klezmer Allstars, a “genre-crossing, heroically
nutty ensemble [with] a raucous, wild spin on the popular Eastern European
revival.” (Billboard) Saturday, March 4, 8:00 pm, 1st Congregational
Church, 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland $26 General Admission / $22
Students/Seniors/BRJCC members.

I-Tal-Ya A taste of Passover from the 2000 year old Jewish community of
Italy, with Francesco Spagnolo, leading authority on Italian Jewish music,
Cantor Sharon Bernstein and Michael Alpert of the internationally
acclaimed group Brave Old World. Includes brunch. Limited Seating. Get
your tickets early! Sunday, March 5, 11:30 am, Caffe Venezia, 1799
University Ave., Berkeley. $36 one price for all.

Bagels & Bongos: Septeto Rodriguez brings the influences of Havana, Miami
and New York together in a brilliant alchemy of Cuban sounds and klezmer.
Special Guest: Irving Fields, 90-year-old creator of the now classic,
recently re-released Jewish-Latino fusion record, Bagels and Bongos,
(1959). (He still has a weekly piano gig in NY) MC: Chuy Varela: Music
Director, KCSM. Sat., March 11, 8:00 pm, 1st Congregational Church,
Oakland $26 / $22 2501 Harrison Street, Oakland

Traditions and Transformations Cantors Alberto Mizrahi (of the PBS special
“The Three Cantors” and Jack Mendelson (of the film “The Cantor’s Tale)
take liturgical singing of Ashkenazi and Sephardic traditions to new
heights. With NY jazz pianist Anthony Coleman, Tova Morcos and others.
Presented in association with Temple Sinai. Sunday, March 12, 7:30 pm,
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland $26 / $22, including Temple
Sinai members.

Jewish Fringes Celebrated Bay Area composers of New Music: Paul Dresher,
Daniel David Feinsmith, Amy X Neuburg and John Schott premiere original
works for a post-modern world.Thursday, March 16, 7:30 pm, Berkeley
Repertory Theatre. 2025 Addison St., Berkeley $26 / $22

>From Istanbul to Jerusalem: Yahudice Sephardic music from an ensemble of
Turkey’s finest musicians with Israeli Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer
Hadass Pal Yarden. Sunday, March 19, 7:30 pm, Berkeley Repertory Theatre
2025 Addison St., Berkeley $26 / $22.

Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman : an intimate afternoon of original Yiddish
songs with Beyle Schaechter- Gottesman: Yiddish songwriter, singer, poet
and recipient of the 2005 NEA National Heritage Fellowship Award. She will
appear with international Yiddish singer Theresa Tova. Thursday afternoon,
March 23, 2:00 pm, BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street at Rose, Berkeley $15/ $12

Three Yiddish Divas with Joanne Borts, Adrienne Cooper and Theresa Tova. A
new generation of stars pours passion and artistry into Yiddish jazz,
cabaret and theater songs, including the timeless repertoire of the
Yiddish theater greats who inspired modern Broadway. Saturday, March 25,
8:00 pm, JCCSF $25/ $23, including JCCSF members JCCSF, California and
Presidio Sts., SF

Community Music Day
Hosted by irrepressible comedian and TV personality Josh Kornbluth.
Instrument Petting Zoo, interactive workshops, and performances throughout
the day showcase Bay Area artists including a Family Concert with Ira
Levin, Charming Hostess, the Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra, members
of Kitka, Gary Lapow & Songs from Coney Island, and Klezmer/Roma Dance
Extravaganza. Guaranteed to bring out your inner musician. For all ages!
Sunday, March 26, 11-5 pm, BRJCC, 1414 Walnut Street at Rose, Berkeley $24
Family pass (up to two adults and two children) / $10 General Admission /
$7 students, seniors, BRJCC members, and children under 5

Related Events:
~ Sunday February 26, 4:00 pm Protest Songs in Yiddish and Italian
Sharon Jan Bernstein and Michael Alpert, of the band Brave Old World, The
Dance Palace Pt. Reyes Station Tickets: 415-663-1075

~ Monday, February 27, 7:30 pm Dan Cantrell: A Klezmer / Roma Mix
Ristorante Raphael
2132 Center St, Berkeley 510-644-9500

~ Thursday, March 2, 6:30 pm John Schott on New Jewish Music
Judah L. Magnes Museum 2911 Russell Street, Berkeley 510-549-6950

~ Tuesday March 7, 6:00 pm Daniel Feinsmith and John Schott On Composing
New Music.
San Francisco Public Library Civic Center, SF 415-557-4400

~ Friday, March 10, 8:00 pm A Taste of Cuban Klezmer With Roberto Rodriguez
Temple Beth Sholom 642 Dolores Avenue San Leandro 510-357-8505

~ Friday, March 10, 7:30 pm Shir HaShirim Ashkenazi, Sephardi & Mizrahi
musical liturgy BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street Berkeley 510-848-0237

~ Tuesday March 14, 2006 The Hub @ JCCSF presents Golem A nouveau
klezmer-rock band At 12 Galaxies, 2565 Mission Street, SF Tix:
415.292.1233 or

~ Monday, March 20, 7:30 pm. Lehrhaus Workshop: Urban Ladino Music of Turkey
Hadass Pal Yarden, of Yahudice.
$15/ $12, BRJCC 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley 510-848-0237

~ April 29 and 30 KlezCalifornia Albert L. Schultz JCC
Contact (415) 789-7679

~ April 30 Zimriya: The Bay Area Jewish Choral Festival
Temple Emanu-El. Info: 415-751-2535