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March 03, 2015

Itzhak Perlman: "In the Fiddler's House" Anniversary

Carnegie Hall
Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene [NYTF]
Performance Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Itzhak Perlman: "In the Fiddler's House"
Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage

Maestro and violinist Itzhak Perlman joins the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene (NYTF) for its centennial gala concert presentation of "In the Fiddler's House.” The performance features Klezmer musicians Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Kurt Bjorling, Judy Bressler, Frank London, Hankus Netzky, Lorin Skamberg, Andy Statman, and The Klezmer Conservatory Band, along with special guests. Performers

Itzhak Perlman, Violin
Michael Alpert, Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, and Violin
Alan Bern, Piano
Kurt Bjorling, Bass Clarinet and Tsimbl
Judy Bressler, Vocals and Percussion
Frank London, Trumpet
Hankus Netzky, Music Director, Saxophone, and Piano
Lorin Skamberg, Vocals and Accordion
Andy Statman, Clarinet and Mandolin
The Klezmer Conservatory Band

Posted by jmwc at 12:08 PM

Coming Out of Hibernation Purim Beach Party

Andy Statman Trio
Andy Statman, Jim Whitney and Larry Eagle
After lots of shivering and shoveling, we're back and busy - and celebrating with the perfect antidote to the weather:
a Purim Beach Party!
Tuesday 3 March at 8PM -
The Charles Street Synagogue
53 Charles St (@ West 4th) New York NY
Posted by jmwc at 12:04 PM

The Bluegrass Kabbalat Shabbat Experience

Featuring Naomi Less
Friday | March 6 | Service at 6:15pm

Join Matt Check and Naomi Less for a Kabbalat Shabbat experience featuring both traditional and newly composed melodies, infused with the vitality of bluegrass rhythms.
With musicians Jordan Shapiro, Sarah Alden, Jacob Tilove & Max Johnson.
Cost: $15 per person.
Jalopy Theatre and School of Music
315 Columbia St, Brooklyn, New York 11231
Posted by jmwc at 11:37 AM

In Honor of Purim... Happy Purim!

A montage of images of Jewish dancing, including a clip from the (Mad) Adventures of Rabbi Jacob, a French comedy film.

Posted by jmwc at 11:09 AM

In Honor of Purim ... Purim Songs Mizrachi style

Traditional Purim songs with a Mizrachi style twist.

Posted by jmwc at 11:01 AM

In Honor of Purim ... Shake Your Grogger Song

Michelle Citrin presents the Shake Your Grogger song.

Posted by jmwc at 10:52 AM

In Honor of Purim... the Vashti Song

Felicia Sloin has a video of her "Vashti's Song".

Posted by jmwc at 10:49 AM

Dance Workshops with Steve Weintraub, March 17-19 2015

Tuesday, March 17 - Thursday, March 19, 7:30pm, Steve Weintraub, Magician of Jewish Dance, presents three workshops:
Tuesday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Styles (Part 1). Dancing at a simkheh is not only a pleasure, it is also a mitzveh and a gift to those celebrating. Learn to show off with the Bottle Dance, and be part of a Human Roulette Wheel and the Crushing Walls!

Wednesday, Make 'Em Dance, for musicians and bands. Musicians will take turns dancing. Learn correct tempos and feeling for each dance style. Improved playing guaranteed!

Thursday, Raising the Roof: Jewish Stunts, Moves and Style (Part 2). It's Yiddish barn dancing! Including the Jewish square dance called the sher, and a variety of other fun and social dances with ballroom roots.

Presented in association with KlezCalifornia. Tickets: $15/workshop, $25 for two, $39.99 for all three. Box office: 800.838.3006. More info:
Posted by jmwc at 10:39 AM

30th Jewish Music Festival East Bay

Some of the Events in San Francisco at the Jewish Music Festival:
Thursday, March 5, 8:00pm, The Klezmatics. Mystical, provocative, reflective and ecstatically danceable! Opening night of 30th Jewish Music Festival. Tickets: $30 general / $26 seniors, students, JCCEB members.
At The New Parish, OAKLAND

Saturday, March 7, 8:00pm, Hazonos, with Cantor Jack Mendelson, Frank London, Anthony Coleman, and Friends. Classical Jewish liturgical music sung by a master. Tickets: $26 general / $22 seniors, students, JCCEB members.
At Temple Sinai, OAKLAND

Sunday, March 8, 8:00pm, Kitka. Yiddish songs with internationally renowned women's vocal ensemble. Tickets: $26 general / $22 seniors, students, JCCEB members.
At Freight and Salvage, BERKELEY.

More info on all Jewish Music Festival events: 510.848.0237 X126, Tickets: 800.838.3006 or via website.
Posted by jmwc at 10:35 AM

March 01, 2015

Handel's Israel in Egypt March 7 in Boston

Presented by the Metropolitan Chorale, Lisa Graham, Music Director
in collaboration with the Zamir Chorale of Boston
Joshua Jacobson, Artistic Director

Saturday, March 7, 2015, 8:00 pm
New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall,
30 Gainsborough St., Boston
$30 Adults
$25 Students, seniors, and WGBH & Coolidge Corner Theatre members
$20 Groups of 10 or more
Posted by jmwc at 11:07 PM

Zingeray: A Little Yiddish in NY

Yiddish Book Sale and Zingeray
Monday, March 9, 2015
Booksale (4-7 PM) Zingeray (7-8 PM) at CYCO Books
51-02 21st Street, #A-2 (7th floor).

Directions: Subway-Take the 7 train to the 2nd stop in Queens, Hunters-Point. Walk to 21st street. Turn left, cross the street, and walk over a small bridge. Car: Auto- Take Queens Mid-Town Tunnel. We are the first building you see as you exit the tunnel. Take the extreme right toll both to pay toll. Take an immediate Right at the Borden Avenue Exit. Left turn onto Borden Avenue, first left on to 21st street. Start to look for parking - 51-02 21st Street. An evening of Nahum Stutchkoff's works
Wednesday, March 18, 20157:00 PM(NYC - Location TBA)
With readings and songs by the great Yiddish linguist, radio personality and playwright
Featuring Shane Baker, Leyzer Burko, Miryem-Khaye Seigel, Steve Sterner and Suzanne Toren
Sponsored by the Congress for Jewish Culture
Posted by jmwc at 11:03 PM

From Paris to Peretz: A Musical Tour with JPPC

Tickets now on sale!
Sunday, May 31, 2015
4:30 PM
New York City
From Paris to Peretz: A Musical Tour Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus
Conductor Binyumen Schaechter
Featured soloists
Cantor Joel Caplan
Di Shekhter-tekhter (Reyna & Temma)
Description below
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Posted by jmwc at 10:57 PM

February 28, 2015

Two Life-Long Journeys Through Jewish Music

The Ken Maltz/Sy Kushner Klezmer Duo
Feb 28, 2015
49 Lawton Street
New Rochelle, NY 10801

Ken Maltz and Sy Kushner's combined experience in the field of Jewish music is over 80 years. From time to time, they have collaborated on each others' projects, Ken recording and performing as a guest artist with the Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble and assisting in the release of Sy's very popular klezmer music transcription fake books, while Sy has performed with Ken's bands including Kapelye, one of the first bands of the klezmer revival. They have come together as a duo to perform lesser known, but beautiful works within the klezmer repertoire as well as original works.

Posted by jmwc at 09:39 AM

February 27, 2015

Academic Conference on Jewish Liturgical Music in Leeds, UK

For the first time in Britain an International Academic Conference is being devoted to the music of Jewish prayer. Internationally acclaimed scholars in Jewish liturgical music will lead the programme presented jointly by the School of Music, University of Leeds and the Academic Wing of the European Cantors Association.

University of Leeds, UK
Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 June 2015

The conference is organised in association with the international research project Performing the Jewish Archive, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Supported by the Jewish Music Institute, SOAS University of London

More details email
or see

Professor Emeritus Eliyahu Schleifer, Professor of Sacred Music and Director of the School of Sacred Music at HUC-JIR/ Jerusalem, Israel
Professor Mark Kligman, Professor of Jewish Music University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Professor Rabbi Jeffrey Summit, Research Professor, Tufts University, Medford/Somerville, MA (near Boston)
Posted by jmwc at 09:19 PM

Cafe Crawl for the Boston Jewish Music Festival

As a part of the Boston Jewish Music Festival's Cafe Crawl, a duo formation of di bostoner klezmer is tickled to announce that they will be performing on Thursday, March 5 from 8:00-10:00 P.M. at Kolbo (437 Harvard St., Brookline/Coolidge Corner, Brookline, MA).

Come hear some rare, tasty, flashy, meditative, authentic klezmer and Hasidic music from clarinetist Dena Ressler and Digital and Acoustic Accordion World Champion Cory Pesaturo.
The festival has a wonderful selection of artists - see for the complete offerings. Transportation: Kolbo is on the #66 bus from Harvard and Dudley Squares & within walking distance of the Coolidge Corner stop of the "C" Green Line. On-street and municipal lot parking is available (assuming that we don?t get another 2-4? of snow by then :-(
Posted by jmwc at 09:14 PM

Sacred Bridge Program in Cambridge, MA

Sunday, March 29 2015
Longy School of Music
Edward M. Pickman Concert Hall, 3:00 pm 27 Garden Street, Cambridge MA

Discover the common musical roots of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity, and the astonishing and beautiful interactions among these traditions. The program includes elements of Jewish liturgy, Gregorian and Koranic chant, songs and texts of Jewish minstrels, Sephardic folksong, medieval Spanish Cantigas, and Judaeo-Islamic music from the ancient Andalusian tradition. The Boston Camerata is joined by Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble.
Below is a link to the Artistic Director’s Program Notes.
For tickets, see the boston camerata website:
Posted by jmwc at 09:07 PM

Shalshelet 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music

We want to be sure you know about the March 15 2015 deadline for submissions of music to Shalshelet's 6th International Festival of New Jewish Liturgical Music which wlll take place in Philadelphia on December 13-15, 2015. Shalshelet Festival is interested in music of any style, composed by people of any age and background, that is a new setting of traditional/liturgical Jewish text.
There is more information at
. ​For questions about the ​submissions process or the Festival, contact:
Please share this with anyone who might be interested.

Sarah Hyams
Executive Director
Shalshelet: The Foundation for New Jewish Liturgical Music
Posted by jmwc at 08:59 PM

BOSTON Jewish Music Festival is NOW!

It's major! The Boston jewish Music Festival February 27 - March 15 2015 has plenty of events around the region. If you haven't gone yet, this is your chance to get tickets to major or any events you want to attend. There's plenty for adults, children, teens and families.

To get the online brochure of the festival, just click here!
Get on board! The Boston Jewish Music Festival just keeps getting better and better. This year has some spectacular events planned with a theme of "musical bridges" .
Posted by jmwc at 08:43 PM

Jewish Music Forum features Ezro Malakov

The Jewish Music Forum is offering a program being given at the Center for Jewish History
on Monday, March 2nd at 7 PM.
Celebrating the release of an important new book by Dr. Evan Rapport, Greeted with Smiles: Bukharian Jewish Music and Musicians in New York (Oxford University Press), with live music examples by some of New York's most respected Bukharian musicians led by master singer Ezro Malakov, this promises to be a wonderfully informative and entertaining evening. Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY
Please RSVP at:
Reception to follow. Additional information about the program, Dr. Rapport and the performers is below. I hope you will be able to join us on Monday, March 2nd. Admission is free. Please RSVP to Continue reading " Jewish Music Forum features Ezro Malakov"
Posted by jmwc at 08:28 PM

North American Jewish Choral Festival 2015

The 26th annual North American Jewish Choral Festival has something for everyone: amateur singers, professional soloists, cantors, conductors and lovers of Jewish music of all ages. Whether you're a novice or a pro, you'll leave revived and renewed with new skills, new music and new friends to cherish. Be there at the start of our second quarter-century!

The Zamir Choral Foundation is proud to announce that registration for this year's Festival is now open.
Join NAJCF in the Catskills this Summer, July 12 - 16, 2015 for a fun and inspirational week of the very best of Jewish Choral Music.
Posted by jmwc at 08:24 PM

Morris Hollender: A Musical Tribute

Morris Hollender: A Musical Tribute with Hankus Netsky With Henry Carrey, Jessica Kate Meyer, Miryem-Khaye Seigel and the NEC Jewish music ensemble

An afternoon devoted to this unforgettable man, a Holocaust survivor from Czechoslovakia, who shared so many amazing songs and melodies
Sunday, March 29, 2015 2:00 PM
Temple Beth Israel25 Harvard Street Waltham, MA
(781) 894-5146
Posted by jmwc at 08:21 PM

February 12, 2015

Call for Papers Conference in Budapest

Call for Papers
Exoticism, Orientalism and National Identity in Musical Theatre
International Musicological Conference on the Centenary of the Death of Karl Goldmark
Budapest, 11-12 December, 2015
Institute of Musicology
(Research Centre for the Humanities, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

Karl Goldmark was a key figure of the musical culture of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy. He was born in a Hungarian city as a son of a Jewish chazzan, but his activity concentrated mostly to Vienna. He considered himself Hungarian, but all of his operas were composed in German and, except Gatz von Berlichingen, premiered in Vienna. Thus, his life and oeuvre represents not only the problematic questions of citizenship, religion and national identity in Central Europe at the turn of the century, but also their impact on a variety of musical genres (operas, symphonic works, chamber music, choral music, works for piano and songs). On the centenary of Goldmark s death, the Archives and Research Group for 20th and 21st Century Hungarian Music ( launches an international conference which will discuss not only the life and oeuvre of Goldmark, but also several topics in connection to him. As an initiative, this conference intends to discuss these topics in international context and for the period of 1867 to present (also contemporary music), furthermore, musical theatre will not be restricted to opera but papers concerning further genres of musical theatre (operetta, ballet, incidental music, musical, dance, show, revue, cabaret etc.) are also invited.

Abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute individual papers are invited to be sent in English or in German. Themes that papers may address include, but are not limited to:

- The oeuvre and life of Karl Goldmark (compositions, writings, biography, discography, iconography, bibliography, gender, interpretation, reception, influence, etc.).
- Music and National identity in Central Europe between 1867 and 1945
- Jewish topics in musical theatre (not only opera, but also ballet, dance, operetta, musical plays etc., from 1867 to present)
- orientalism and exoticism in musical theatre (from 1867 to present)

All proposals should be submitted by email no later than 30 April 2015 to With your proposal please include your CV, contact details and, if applicable, your affiliation. The committee will make its final decision on the abstracts by the end of May 2015, and contributors will be informed immediately thereafter. Further information about the programme, registration, travel and accommodation will be announced after that date. For any additional information, please contact both of the organizers of the conference:

Adam Ignacz (
Ferenc Janos Szabo (
Posted by jmwc at 11:10 AM

February 10, 2015

Swing Dance with the Seth Kibel Quintet

Saturday, February 14 -- Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC)
Swing Dance with the Seth Kibel Quintet
800 South Rolling Road
Catonsville, MD 21228-5317
8:30 to 11:30 pm
In the "Barn." A joint production of CCBC (Catonsville) and ChileSwing.
$10 for undergraduate students with a valid school ID card.
$12 for CCBC employees with valid CCBC ID card and those over 64 years.
$15 for the public. Beginner lesson included at 7:30 pm.
Sean Lane on piano, Ed Hrybyk on double bass, Wes Crawford on drums, and special guest vocalist Renee Tannenbaum!
Here's the FB event page:

Posted by jmwc at 12:48 PM

February 02, 2015

Basya Schechter & Pharoah's Daughter

Saturday, Feb. 8 PM

Highland Park Conservative Temple-Conregation Anshe Emeth

201 South 3rd Ave.

Highland Park, NJ

More info here:

Advance ticket at reduced price available through (and including) Feb. 1.

Posted by jmwc at 12:04 AM

January 21, 2015

Paul Cohen Recital in NYC

Faculty Recital: Dr. Paul Cohen. Included will be Dr. Steve Cohen's Sonata for Soprano Saxophone (2002) accompanied by Dr. Allison Brewster Franzetti at the piano.
Sunday, January 25, 2015, at 7:30 PM
Greenfield Recital Hall
Manhattan School of Music
120 Claremont Avenue (enter at Broadway and West 122nd Street, NW corner)
New York, NY 10025
for more info: (212) 749-2802
Posted by jmwc at 10:46 AM

December 22, 2014

Toyznt tamen = A thousand flavors CD Release

CD Release Party for Miryem-Khaye Seigel
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7 PM
Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge Street, NYC

With special guests: Michael Winograd (Producer, Arranger, Clarinet), Patrick Farrell (Accordion), Alicia Svigals (Violin), Rémy Yulzari (Bass)
$20 general admission $15 students, seniors and YIVO members

Co-sponsored by Eldridge Street Shul, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, CYCO Books, Center for Traditional Music and Dance, Sholem Aleichem Cultural Center, Congress for Jewish Culture.

Posted by jmwc at 10:23 AM

LABAmusic: Alicia Svigals, Yoav Gal, Nadav Lev

Friday January 9 and Sunday January 11 (with brunch included!)
LABA, A Laboratory of Jewish Culture,
presents award-winning opera and contemporary music,
featuring LABA fellowship alumni Alicia Svigals, Klezmer Violinist, Yoav Gal, and Nadav Lev.

From world music to indie opera, their diverse voices are united by the common thread of Jewish culture - a mesmerizing tapestry of some of the best original music made in downtown NYC.

Where: 14th Street Y, 344 E 14th St, New York, New York 10003
When: Friday 1/9 at 8 pm, Sunday 1/11 at 11:30, including brunch!
Tickets: $15, free with APAP badge.

Get Tickets here:

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Posted by jmwc at 10:16 AM

December 18, 2014

Max Stern: Profile of a Composer

MAX STERN, a composer living in Israel, has many materials that can be found through online sites. For those interested in finding some interesting music, you can follow the links below:

First, A composer's biography about Max is available through the Israel Music Institute:

Works List at IMI
Max Stern Works

Works Availablefor performance through IMI.

CD recordings at CD Baby (16 CDs):

Books (published by KTAV and available through
Bible & Music: Influences of the Old Testament on Western Music. This book lists works based on Biblical themes and verses.
Bible & Music

Psalms & Music: Influences of the Psalms on Western Music. This book lists musical settings based on the Psalms. "Psalms have been set to music more than any other biblical texts. Their embodiment in music is the veritable bedrock upon which was erected the edifice of Western music."
A reviewer on wrote: "is a comprehensive and spiritual examination of the influence of the book of Psalms on Western music. After an introduction which explains the types, styles and categorizations of the psalms, the various musical styles are enumerated chronologically with examples from each historical era. Finally, and most impressively, there is a catalog of the psalms in numerical order with a listing of all known psalm settings for each one. Anyone involved in music in general and church music in particular will recognize the incredible scholarship that this represents. This volume contains a wealth of information for students and musicians alike. Throughout this book, Stern manages to impart a sense of the humanity of the psalm texts, with emotions ranging from despair to exultation, and the music that illuminates them. One senses a deep spirituality and affection for these beautiful texts and for the God who inspired them. This is a thoughtful and beautiful book, at once a valuable reference and a challenge to a deeper understanding of scriptural texts." Psalms & Music

Posted by jmwc at 11:04 AM

David Lowy releases "Ata Imadi" CD and Download

With the release of his debut album Ata Imadi, Dovid Lowy has made his very first entry into the world of Jewish music. Lowy's rich vocals are smooth, grabbing the listener's attention from the album's opening notes. A guitar player who often sings at weddings and kumzitzes, Lowy is also a rebbe at Aish Hatorah in Jerusalem, who grew up surrounded by Jewish music. His lifelong love of the genre is evident in the varied mix of songs on his all new album featuring seven original compositions as well contributions from Eli Klein and the Abie Rotenberg. With arrangements by Jeff Horvich, Eli Klein, Yitz Berry and Eli Woznika, choirs and backup vocals by Ari Goldwag and duets with both Abie Rotenberg and Yosef Karduner, Ata Imadi features the talent of some of the biggest names in the orthodox Jewish music industry.

The album is a potpourri of musical styles with ten all new songs, ranging from funky upbeat compositions to Carlebach type tracks, all of which are meant to uplift the listener. “The common denominator among the songs is that they are all meaningful,” said Lowy. “I like to spread inspiration and I hope to be able to do that through music.”

Ata Imadi is now available in stores and distributed by Aderet Music and available online at
Posted by jmwc at 10:50 AM

Shimon & Nehama REUBEN in Hebrew Harp and Jazz Piano Concert

Shimon and Nehama Reuben sommes invités à donner un Concert pour le Festival de Harpe d'Israel
le Lundi 22 decembre 2014 à 19h
Stadion Blumfield Music Center
11 Rehov Sheerit
Tel Aviv Yafo, Israel.
programme "Harpe Hebraique & Piano Jazz": musiques juives en jazz.
Posted by jmwc at 10:31 AM

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