Melodia’s spring concert Awakening the Spirit will feature the U.S. Premiere of John Rutter’s new work “Visions,” a powerful work that examines the spiritual, religious, and historic importance of Jerusalem as a symbol of “a utopian ideal of heavenly peace and seraphic bliss for redeemed humanity” in four movements.
The violin soloist performing this piece is the wonderful Areta Zhulla, an award-winning young artist who works and trains with Itzhak Perlman. I’ll enclose the details of the upcoming performances of this piece below, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you’d like this information in a different format. Thanks so much for considering adding this event to your calendar.
Melodia Women’s Choir led by Cynthia Powell, Areta Zhulla (violin), Rita Costanzi (harp), and an all-female string quintet: Rachell Wong, Robyn Quinnett, violins; Stephanie Griffin, viola; Kate Dillingham, cello; and Kathyrn Stewart, bass.… CONTINUE READING >
On Mon. Dec. 1 at 7pm The Bryant Library in Roslyn will present the
seventh and final concert in the series, “Jewish Opera Lives!”
featuring soprano Helene Williams and composer/conductor/pianist
Leonard Lehrman. This series, which began in Boca Raton last March
and has featured concerts in Teaneck, Morristown, Freeport, East
Hills, and Jericho, has been a lead-up to the US premiere of HANNAH, an anti-war feminist Chanukah opera with music by Leonard
Lehrman on a libretto by the composer and Orel Odinov Protopopescu.
The performances will take place Tues. Dec. 9, 8pm at Community
Presbyterian Church, 12 Nottingham Rd., Malverne, NY and Tues. Dec. 23
7pm at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, 1 W. 4th St.
This will be its New York City premiere, semi-staged, with soloists, chorus, piano, organ, violin, tambourine and 261 slide projections.… CONTINUE READING >
14 Misgav Ladach (upstairs, brown gate) Old City, JAHrusalem 057-314-4821
8:30 pm – AUDELIA ZAGOURY: An acclaimed vocalist from Morocco & Spain, will be singing a medley of styles, some of which we’ll know & can sing/play along.
9: 15 pm – SHOSHANA RIVKA: performs original chizuk songs & leads us in the music JAM & Drum Circle w/ many women helping to share an exciting variety of drumming styles. Ladies are invited to also sing/play your own songs &http://www.jmwc.org/mt/mt.cgi?__mode=view&_type=entry&blog_id=1# do improvisation together, which is a def a beautiful way to celebrate!
Klezmer Concert: The Philadelphia Folklore Project presents award-winning drummer Elaine Hoffman Watts and her daughter, acclaimed vocalist and trumpeter Susan Lankin
Watts in an evening of klezmer music devoted to saying good riddance to all the
mishegas (Yiddish for craziness or insanity ) in our world today. Klezmer is the
celebratory music of Eastern European Jews. Goodnight Mishegas is a line in the
Hoffman family s Goodnight Waltz, composed close to a century ago, with words
recently penned by Susan. The Folklore Project invites people to sing along at the
concert and, in celebration of family and community traditions, to reflect on
possibilities for turning our woes into joy. Visit www.folkloreproject.org for music
Presenter: Philadelphia Folklore Project (PFP)
Date: December 11, 2011
Location: Calvary United Methodist Church, 801 S.… CONTINUE READING >
Monday, June 20, 2011
Legendary Greek Jewish Singers of the ’20s. ’30s, & ’40s
Songs and Personal Histories of
Roza Eskenazi, Amalia Baka, Stella Haskil, and Victoria Hazan
Carol Freeman – Vocals
Beth Bahia Cohen – Violin
Haig Manoukian – Oud
Israel Composers League member, Jerusalem-based Gila (Gillian) Carcas, has a new website biography and a listing of compositions. There is an mp3 for her work “Beside the Lake” for Violin, Cello and Piano. Her works are available for puchase through the website. Gila has written over 50 pieces for small chamber ensembles, solo works, a chamber opera and some orchestra compositions. http://www.israelcomposers.org/Members.aspx?lang=English&letter=Chttp://www.israelcomposers.org/Members.aspx?lang=English&letter=C
Come for a day, or come for the week! July 5-10
At Circle Lodge, Workmen’s Circle’s famed adult lodge adjacent to
historic Camp Kinder Ring in Hopewell Junction, Dutchess County NY.
Featuring leaders of the klezmer and new Yiddish song revivals:
violinist Alicia Svigals, vocalist Adrienne Cooper, trumpeter Susan
Watts, drummer/film historian Eve Sicular, vocalist Shauna Kanter,
To reserve call 845.221-2771 ext. 110, check out the link at
www.circle.org or email email@example.com
Each day begins with a voice workshop conducted by Shauna Kanter of
the famed Voice Theater Workshop. Catch daily lectures, panels,
concerts, and hands-on workshops and coaching on klezmer history and
making new Yiddish music personal – from Eve’s J. Edgar Klezmer and
her famed Yiddish Celluloid Closet lec/dem on the gay subtext in
Yiddish film to Alicia’s Klezmer Unfettered, amazing collaborations
and road stories, to Susan Watt’s wild tales of klezmer family life,
and Adrienne’s legendary Memoir of Gluckl of Hameln and her Every
Mother’s Son antiwar song concert.… CONTINUE READING >
The Women in Music Festival being held at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester has several concerts of interest to our readers. On Monday, March 23 will be a concert that includes the new composition of Eva Wasserman-Margolis, “The Generation of Hope”. On Wednesday, March 25 will be an all Judith L. Zaimont concert, featuring her “Four Seasons”. Ms. Zaimont will be present at the concert. For further information, visit: http://www.esm.rochester.edu/wmf/schedule.php.
Nomi Teplow launches her CD “Like a Rushing Spring” . This is the premier show for Nomi’s new concert series featuring songs from the new CD “Like A Rushing Spring” as well as some of her popular hits.
After the show — A pull-out-the-stops dance!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 8:30pm
Matnas Karnei Shomron מתנ”ס קרני שומרון
Rechav’am Zeevi St., Karnei Shomron רח’ רחבעם זאבי, קרני שומרון
Keyboards: Odeliya Berlin
Drums: Michal Rahat
Guitars: Daniella Boss
Flute: Keren Golan,
Violin: Avital Nir
Featuring the Shir E-l and Or Y-a Choirs
**This show is by women for women only**
Tickets: 30 shekels
girls: 15 shekels
Advance ticket sales: 09-7920201/3 (recommended!)
Several times in the last year (or so) there have been concerts for women based on the album by Talia ApplebaumFlashes in the Darkness. It deserves another look for the humour, fun, a bit of blues, a little jazz, a bit of funk, but mostly American folk. Talia is writing about the stuff of her chosen life with the Breslov Hassidmi, and the way religious devotion permeates her life, blended into ‘the everyday.’ The music gives a window into that world –that Talia obviously relishes– for the rest of us. All music and lyrics are by Talia, including blending English and Hebrew with an all female accompaniment. Occasionally the melody and words don’t quite make it, but most often they do, and music cleverly wraps into the lyric.The best piece, (or maybe better to say, the one more universally related to all Jews’ experience), is “Perservere” with arrangement and piano by Shana Friedman, which could fit into any Jewish denomination’s repertoire.… CONTINUE READING >
Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi, for solo piano, will be
performed by noted pianist Jose Lopez at the Bass Museum in
Miami on 8/17/08 at 3:00 p.m. The address is 2121 Park Ave.,
Miami Beach. For more information, visit www.bassmuseum.org.
A new version of Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi, for string
quartet, has been commissioned by the Cassatt Quartet. It will
be premiered by them on 10/2/08 at 8:00 p.m. at the Thalia
Theatre of Symphony Space (Broadway and 9th St), in New York
City. For more information visit www.cassattquartet.com.
And for more information on the composer, who frequently
composes on Jewish topics, visit www.judithshatin.com.
Everyone knows YouTube. Occasionally you find real gems. Here is Dinah Shore and Peggy Lee singing a medley as swinging jazz.
Dinah Shore, born Frances Rose, who grew up in Winchester, Tennessee (and later, Nashville) was a daughter of Jewish immigrants. Her mother was a contralto and her father a merchant. She suffered from polio, but was not hampered in her educational pursuits to go on to Vanderbilt University. From there she went to New York to be a singer. She cut her first recording in 1940, and from there went into radio and later television.Her first live engagement was with Ed Wynn on NBC. She remained with that network for most of her tv career.
Force of Nature: Celebrating the Earth performed by Melodia Women’s Choir
Melodia Women s Choir/Cynthia Powell, Artistic Director, now celebrating their fifth
season and acclaimed by WNYC for their elegance and ringing tones, has scheduled
several spring performances: on Saturday and Sunday, May 3 and 4, 2008, they will
present Force of Nature: Celebrating the Earth, music about the natural world, at
St. Luke in the Fields Church in New York City.
487 Hudson Street
New York, NY
Saturday May 3 at 8 PM
Sunday May 4 at 4 PM.
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, discounts for students
and seniors: $20 in advance, $15 at the door.
Call 212-252-4135, or visit www.melodiawomenschoir.org.
The program will feature Samuel
Barber‘s Sure On This Shining Night; Hungarian composer Zoltán Kodály s Mountain Nights Songs Without Words For Women s Voices; Ronald Perera‘s Earthsongs; Zhou
Long‘s Four Seasons, a setting of ancient Chinese poetry; A Goodly Heritage by
British composer Gordon Jacob; Spring Song by Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun; Hotaru Koi (Firefly) by Japanese composer Ro Ogura; and Wellsprings (New York
Premiere) and Contemplations (U.S.… CONTINUE READING >
The Philadelphia Folklore Project Presents: Elaine Hoffman Watts &
Susan Watts PLAY KLEZMER!
Sunday May 11, 2008, doors open at 6 pm
World Cafe Live (www.worldcafelive), 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Tickets $20, or special price of $16 for PFP members through PFP www.folkloreproject.org; 215-726-1106.
This special concert promises an unforgettable Mother’s Day
celebration, featuring the outstanding Elaine Hoffman Watts & Susan
Watts mother-daughter team, and their band of klezmer stars from the
east coast and Canada. The concert will feature never before heard
songs from a book compiled in 1927 by Susan’s great-grandfather, Joseph
Hoffman, including his compositions, songs by his son Jake Hoffman, and
other rarely performed Philly tunes in brand-new arrangements by Susan
Watts. The concert will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the
artists.… CONTINUE READING >
With Ya’ale, her first solo recording, Shaina Ettel expresses her love of Torah and song. She brings a fresh approach to traditional Jewish music. She captures the heart and soul of Chabad niggunim. The songs are powerful . The CD comes with
an 8 page insert with text in English and Hebrew. Shaina Ettel’s voice has an “ethereal” quality and has been compared to Judy Collins, or Sarah Brightman. This CD, consists of 13 selections with
Shaina Ettel accompanied by both piano and full orchestration.
Shaina Ettel grew up in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is a professionally trained
vocalist, and has performed in many concerts and shows. She made Aliyah 2½ years
ago and presently lives in the picturesque Nachlaot neighborhood.… CONTINUE READING >
SHIDDUCHIM AND SURVIVAL-A BA’ALAS TESHUVA’S TALE-REPEAT PERFORMANCE!
Partners in Torah will present once again SHIDDUCHIM AND SURVIVAL (A
BA’ALAS TESHUVA’S TALE) a One-Person Musical Play featuring Chana
Rochel Eller (nee Sommerstein) on
Sunday Evening, October 21st, 8:30 P.M.,
at the Rockland County Community College Theatre,
145 College Rd.,
Suffern (Monsey), New York.
Exclusive performance for ladies and
mature girls. Tickets $18.00. Proceeds for Partners In Torah, a
division of Torah Umesorah. Purchase tickets at the door, or for
reservations call 973-473-3575
The Journal of Synagogue Music Fall 2007 issue features articles celebrating 25 years of women as Conservative cantors. There are articles about, by, and for women and Jewish music in this issue (vol. 32) and will be of interest to many who may want to know more women and Jewish music. There are many excellent articles of interest, including a biographical sketch of Barbara Ostfeld by Bruce Ruben (readers are also invited to take a look at my article on Barbara in Encyclopedia Judaica), histories of women in the cantorate, a history of the Khazntes, (women who sang cantorial music albeit not in synagogue), issues of Kol Isha, and an especially interesting piece by Victor Tunkel on the music of the first women composer, Leonora Duarte (1610-1678).… CONTINUE READING >
The Melodia Women’s Choir will present an all female performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria in D Major and contemporary works, including the world premiere of Becca Schack‘s new commissioned piece “In My end is My Beginning” based on a text by T. S. Eliot.
The concert is being held
Saturday November 17 at 8 PM, and
Sunday, November 18 at 3 PM at
St. Peter’s Church,
346 West 20th Street, New York City, New York.
Melodia will be joined by an all-women
instrumental chamber ensemble.
Elaine Hoffman Watts wins National Endowment for the Arts, National Heritage Fellowship
The Jewish Music WebCenter already knew how great Elaine is, having conducted an extensive interview with her at KlezKanada a few years ago, not to mention hearing all those concerts with her. Now she’s getting a national honor… nice! http://www.nea.gov/honors/heritage/fellows/NHFIntro.php?year=2007
The NEA writes about Elaine:
“Elaine Hoffman Watts’ family came to the United States from a town near Odessa in the former Soviet Union. Her father, Jacob Hoffman, was a prominent member of a klezmer band that was recorded in the 1920s. Elaine received training from her father and uncles in the family’s repertoire of polkas, freilachs, mazurkas, shers, and other tunes of Eastern European Jewish musical tradition. She became the first woman graduate in percussion from the Curtis Institute of Music.… CONTINUE READING >
The League for Yiddish and the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research are pleased to Invite you to
An Evening In Honor of Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman
Poet, songwriter, singer
Featuring the NEW YORK PREMIERE of the second film in the series
Worlds within a World: Conversations with Yiddish Writers
SONG OF AUTUMN
Yiddish (with English subtitles)
A film by Josh Waletzky produced by the League for Yiddish
Musical Program: Janet Leuchter, Esther Gottesman
and Binyumen Schaechter,
Admission $10.00, Wednesday, July 11th 2007, 6:30 P.M.
at the Center for JewishHistory, 15 West 16 St, NYC.
Please reserve your tickets 917-606-8200
SUNDAY, February 25, 2007
SHIR LA MA’ALOTE: Elevating the World Through Music and Dance
A concert for women only to benefit Professional Women’s Theater,
an organization which seeks to promote all-female performance opportunities,
featuring known and rising stars in the Jewish women’s performing world!
Singer-songwriters, dancers, vocalists….
Chanale! ~ Debra Landau ~ Rachel Kohl Finegold ~ Emilia Cataldo ~ Gabrielle Orcha ~
The Light Peddler’s Band ~ Rena Needle ~ Tziporah Miriam Halperin…And MORE!
Show I: 4:00 pm
Show II: 7:30 pm
Reception & CD Fair: 6:15 – 7:15 pm
Yeshiva University’s Schottenstein Cultural Center
239 East 34th St. between 2nd & 3rd Aves. NY, NY 10016
$30 in advance, $36 at door / $15 students / all proceeds considered charity
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 646-234-1542.… CONTINUE READING >
Metropolitan Klezmer and Isle of Klezbos
perform together at Nuyorican Poets Cafe,
an East Village cultural landmark for 30 years!
Tuesday, November 21st
8pm double bill, $8 cover charge
as part of the club’s monthly Women Take the Bandstand series
236 East 3rd Street (between Avenues B & C), NYC
The world premiere of A Journey of Spirit, the award-winning independent
documentary on wsinger/songwriter Debbie Friedman, will air on two
consecutive Sundays, October 15th and 22nd at 7 a.m. ET/PT (6 a.m. CT)
on Hallmark Channel. A Journey of Spirit which won the best film award
from the National Council for Jewish Women, and the Detroit Jewish Film
Festival award for best new Jewish film , among others, chronicles the
inspirational story of Ms. Friedman and how she has affected
contemporary Jewish music. Check your local times and listings.
Sunday, October 8th @ 8:30pm
Performance for Women
5 Women, 1 Truth Opera Singer, Ballerina, Rock Star, Broadway Dancer, an Academic
Sharing their Stories about their Journeys to Torah
Benefit for the Bnos Miriam, Performing Arts Center for Women
@ Heichal Shlomo, 58 King George St. Jerusalem
Tix: 60-500 NIS
Call 02-622-3810 for info & to purchase tickets or see www.bnosmiriam. org
Mikveh, Philadelphia, PA,
Saturday, October 28,2006, Mikveh at the Tin Angel in Philadelphia www.tinangel.com
One reader of JMWC says: ‘You’re not goin’ to get klezmer better’n this.’
‘Supergroup’ Mikveh features the top women in Klezmer, including renowned Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper, Klezmatics founder Alicia Svigals on fiddle, charismatic trumpeter Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, ethnic accordion wizard Lauren Brody and jazz bass phenomenon Nicki Parrott. Together, they rock out with sizzling dance music and riveting Yiddish/English songs, both ancestral and brand new.
Yoheved Friedland, (email@example.com), a Jewish woman songwriter in N. Miami Beach, Florida would like to create a Jewish women’s musical group with other singers and songwriters. Please contact her if you would like to join this sort of women’s music ensemble. Please contact her directly at the email address.
Toronto, Ontario: The high-energy female sextet Sisters of Sheynville
will be performing their upbeat Yiddish, English and original material
at the Al Green Theatre located in the Miles Nadal Jewish Community
Centre, Thursday May 25, 2006, at 8:30pm. The Sisters are: Lenka Lichtenberg and Isabel Fryszberg (vocals), Fern Lindzon (vocals and piano), Kinneret Sagee (clarinet, Lorie Wolf (drums), and Rachel Melas (double bass).
Tickets are available $12 in advance and $15 at the door, Sun – Fri
(8:30am until evening hours) -from the Front Desk at the MNjcc, (Bloor & Spadina)
or at the door one hour before the performance.
FOR MORE TICKET INFORMATION CONTACT the Al Green Theatre
Info Line at 416 924-6277 ext. 143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Devora Gila presents a benefit concert for Midreshet B’erot Bat Ayin
Saturday night, April 8 at 8:15pm
Bat Ayin, Gush Etzion
Also featuring Guest Choreographer/Dancer Yocheved Polanski from Cli Institute of Dance, A Judaic Dance and Arts Program for Women and Girls (Ohio, USA)
Donation requested: 15 NIS
A new CD, Miriam’s Drum has been released with all original new songs by Tziona Achishena Zilbershtein. This recording, intended for women, features a diverse group of musicians performing on everything from traditional oud to Indian tablas, tampura, bendir, bowls, flutes, harmonium and drums. A children’s choir also appears as well as women’s vocals. Most of the texts come from Psalms, or prayerbook liturgy, yet the settings are new and spirited. Tziona is a ‘mulit-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano, riq (a Middle Eastern tambourine), harmonium, and the Persian santur.’ Recordings can be purchased directly through the artist at: Tziona Zilbershtein Ohr HaGanuz, D.N. Merom HaGalil, ISRAEL 13909. For more information, visit: http://www.koltziona.com/
Shoshana Damari, with a completely distinctive voice, and a career as one of Israel’s favorite singers, died on Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at a hospital in Israel from pneumonia. She was 83. Damari was called by Haaretz newspaper as the “Queen of Israeli Song” , others the “diva of popular song”. Damari was born in Yemen, in the city of Damar, migrating with her family to Israel in 1924. She was a child prodigy and sang at many functions in her community. As a young teenager, she went to seek her career in Tel Aviv, landing a job at the Li-La-Lo Theater and becoming a permanent cast member. One of her solo numbers was by Shlomo Wilenski, called “Kalaniot” (Anemones) and it became her signature song.… CONTINUE READING >
Wednesday, February 15 at 8PM Women’s Hachnoses Calla Event, featuring Anita Tucker from GK speaking, and musical entertainment by Ayelet Hashachar, visiting from Baltimore.
At the Matnas in Ramat Bet Shemesh. Bring a gift or cash donation. More info, call: Yehudis Schamroth at 0545-91-6673 or Shoshana Schillet at 999-2805
February 28, at 7:30pm Women’s Performance for Rosh Chodesh Adar: “THE SWITCHBOARD OPERATOR” an original funny musical set in the 1920’s, written, produced and directed by Rebbitzen Devorah Green. At Beit Ha’Am “Gerard Bechar Theater” 11 Bezalel St. Tickets: 45, 50, 60 nis (Proceeds to support Yeshivas Bircas HaTorah). Info: call 054-808-4746
Three major works by American Jewish composer Meira Warshauer, Ahavah (Love), Shacharit (Morning Service) and Like Streams in the Desert, will be
performed in “Music of the Jewish Heart,” a concert by the Slovak Radio
Symphony Orchestra, the Slovak Philharmonic Choir, soprano Jennifer
Hines, mezzo soprano Stephanie Gregory and tenor Michael Hendrick, all
under the direction of Maestro Kirk Trevor on Thursday, February 2 –
7:00 PM at The Concert Hall of Slovak Radio in Bratislava, Slovakia.
For more about these works, visit http://home.sc.rr.com/meirawarshauer/#Compositions.
Miriam Sandler will be performing at the Boca Raton Synagogue on Sunday,
January 8, 2006 at 1pm. Concert is for women and girls only.
Boca Raton Synagogue address is: 7900 Montoya
Circle, Boca Raton, FL 33433. Miriam Sandler is an orthodox
singer. She has a website at miriamsandler.com where you can sample some of her music.
The New Center for Arts and Culture in Boston is bringing to the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College the exhibit “The Power of Conversation: Jewish Women and Their Salons”. As part of the season of interest in this subject a series of events in Music, Lectures, The creative Process and Films, and Jewish Identity will take place throughout the Fall in Boston. On Sunday September 25, 2005 at 3pm at the Boston College, Gasson 100 building will be a FREE concert of the music of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert features’s Felix Mendelssohn‘s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream for two pianos, and Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel‘s Piano Trio in d minor, which is her masterpiece. For more information, call the music department at Boston College, 617-552-6004.… CONTINUE READING >
A New CD was released by The Jewish Music Research Centre in Jerusalem on the music of the Jewish women of Cochin, India. For centuries, the Jewish women of Cochin have been singing Jewish songs in the Malayalam language of Kerala, their ancient homeland on the tropical southwest coast of India.
Here’s the info to buy it and more descriptions below:
Title: Oh, Lovely Parrot! – Jewish Women’s Songs from Kerala
Editor(s): Barbara C. Johnson
Publisher: The Jewish Music Research Centre, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
First Edition Year: 2004
Category: Folk Songs
Price: NIS 60 / $ 20 for more info….
Melodia Women’s Choir of NYC,/bwill delight New York audiences with three exciting and rarely-performed works by Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun in its upcoming concert, November Song. The three works by the highly-regarded composer from Tel Aviv are written to songs and ballads by H.N.Bialik, Israel�s first national poet and one of the country�s most revered and influential writers.
The concert will be presented on November 20, 2004 at 7:30PM, at St. Peter�s Church in Chelsea (346 W. 20th St., between 8th and 9th Avenues) in New York City.
Israeli. Singer/Songwriter. Devora Gila, a frum vocalist, whose recordings are marked for “women only”, has one of the hippest religious recordings around, Hodu Lashem (2003). Devora has a wonderful, sweet voice. Her co-producer, Naor Carmi also worked on the arrangements which utilize not only contemporary settings, but a variety of styles from Israel– from modern, to Arab, to classical guitar and Spanish influenced, to contemporary-easy. Particularly nice is the original song “Beloved”, based on Song of Songs. Devora’s CD is accessible music for anyone and is available at CD Baby http://www.cdbaby.com/devoragila. She can be contacted at email@example.com