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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

Gerard Edery and His Virtuoso Musicians Hanukkah Concert

American Society for Jewish Music & American Jewish Historical Society presents :
The Hanukkah Concert
Featuring Gerard Edery and His Virtuoso Musicians
Dec 21 2014 3:00PM
Concert, Reading, Menorah Lighting, Singing, Refreshments
Price: $9.00 - $18.00
Seating: General Admission
Center for Jewish Historyv
15 West 16th Street New York, New York 10011 • Tel: 212.294.8301
To get tickets:

Widely regarded as a master singer and guitarist, Gerard Edery has a remarkable range of ethnic folk styles and traditions from around the world, including songs from Europe, the Middle East, South America and ancient Persia. Collaborating with virtuoso musicians, Edery energizes this repertoire for contemporary audiences. A special guest will open the program with a story from the pen of a great Jewish writer, plus menorah lighting, singing and refreshments.

Posted by jmwc at 10:07 AM

December 15, 2014

613 Chanukah Song

Mix of holiday songs and spoof... more 613.
Posted by jmwc at 09:18 PM

December 12, 2014

David Broza at 92nd St Y

David Broza
Date: Wed, Dec 24, 2014, 7:30 pm
Location: Lexington Avenue at 92nd St
Venue: Kaufmann Concert Hall
Price: from $55.00
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Posted by jmwc at 01:51 PM

December 10, 2014

Yiddish Song of the Week

Yiddish Song of the Week is a project of the Center for Traditional Music and Dance's An-sky Jewish Folklore Research Project. This project's goal is to help revitalize Yiddish folksong performance. Most of the materials come from field work, ethnomusicologists, folklorists and others interested in Yiddish music. According to the site, comments are welcomed. Yiddish words and translations are available. Maybe the song you're looking for is there! Check it out at
Posted by jmwc at 01:08 PM

December 07, 2014

Zamir Chorale and Zamir Noded

A concert featuring world premieres by David Burger and Benjie Ellen Schiller and a "Taste of Hanukkah" performed by the Zamir Chorale and Zamir Noded
Sunday, December 14, 2014
Conducted by Matthew Lazar
Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center
129 West 67th Street, NYC
All seats $40/$25 for students
Tickets at or by phone at 212-501-3330.
Posted by jmwc at 03:07 PM


Temple Beth Israel, Waltham presents
As part of its 100th year celebrations

Concert/Dance Party and Music Workshops
Featuring the dynamic duo of Sruli Dresdner and Lisa Mayer Joined by very special guest Yosl Kurland

Music, singing, dancing (with expert leading), high spirits, refreshments, fun for all!
Sunday, Dec. 14
Temple Beth Israel
25 Harvard Street, Waltham, MA 02453

2-5pm: Concert and Dance Party
$25, $20 TBI members, kids under 12 free
12-1pm: Simultaneous participatory workshops: Yiddish singing, instrumental klezmer music $18, $15 TBI members, kids under 12 free
Combined workshop and concert/dance ticket: $40, $32 members
Workshops begin promptly at 12
Lunch provided to workshop participants at 1
Participants will play a tune with the band at the concert
For information and ticketing:
Online ticket purchase

Posted by jmwc at 03:01 PM

December 05, 2014

Zion’s Muse: Three Generations of Israeli Composers --Ariel Quartet

Ariel Quartet
Zion’s Muse: Three Generations of Israeli Composers

Terrace Theater
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.
Sunday, December 14th, 2014, 7:30 PM
Ariel Quartet
Gershon Gerchikov, violin
Alexandra Kazovsky, violin
Jan Grüning, viola
Amit Even-Tov, cello


Individual tickets ($44 each) are available at The Kennedy Center’s website or by calling (800) 444-1324. Alternatively, you can save $20 by subscribing to both this concert and the May 7, 2015 performance. To subscribe, call the Kennedy Center Subscription Office at (202) 416-8500, Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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Posted by jmwc at 02:09 PM

December 03, 2014

Jewish State Theater of Warsaw performance in NYC

On November 18th the Jewish State Theater of Warsaw performed in NYC for the first time since the 1980's. Here is a link to a 2 minute video which is post-event synopsis of what transpired
The troupe hopes to return to NYC again in 2015. Continue reading "Jewish State Theater of Warsaw performance in NYC"
Posted by jmwc at 04:55 PM

Golden Oldie

Adam Sandler.... of course.
Posted by jmwc at 04:18 PM

Debbie Friedman's I Am a Latke

Debbie Friedman's social message through her Latke song.

Posted by jmwc at 04:12 PM

Boogie Woogie Chanukkah

Original music and lyrics by Yoseph and Leah Urso. A little boogie woogie for Hannukah. You just never know what you'll find...

Posted by jmwc at 04:09 PM

Barenaked Ladies- "Hanukkah, O Hanukkah"

Posted by jmwc at 04:01 PM

On Top of Old Dreidel... or Dreidl Dreidl Dreidl

Here we see a combo medley of the Gelbart song "Dreidl, Dreidl, Dreidl" mixed with the tune of "On Top of Old Smokey". With text. (And a bit of "On top of Spaghetti, mixed in for,... well, fun,... and selling stuff to kids).

Posted by jmwc at 03:56 PM

The Maccabeats - Miracle - Matisyahu - Hanukkah

Posted by jmwc at 03:51 PM

Hanukkah 2013 Maoz Tzur Technion Students Israel -חנוכה מעוז צור טכניון

Posted by jmwc at 03:29 PM

Hannukah in the East Bay

Saturday, December 20, 7:00pm, 6th annual Hannukah Community Celebration presented by Nigunim Community Chorus. Candle lighting, food for sale, performances by Nigunim Community Chorus directed by Achi Ben Shalom (including Romania Romania plus a Yiddish medley); Yiddish singer Diane Wirtschafter, Ladino singer Rivka Amado, and soprano Eliana Kissner. Dancing led by Allen King with music by Adama (Michael Gill, Jan Padover, Jeremy Cohen). Co-sponsored by KlezCalifornia.

Advance ticket purchase is recommended, as this event has sold out in previous years.Tickets: general $15 / children free. More info and tickets: HERE.

At JCC East Bay, BERKELEY, 1414 Walnut St. Berkeley
Posted by jmwc at 03:21 PM

JMWC Annual YouTube Hanukkah Marathon

To start off this year's new finds of new (to us) Hannukkah videos on youtube.... we begin with the FountainHeads video.

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Posted by jmwc at 03:11 PM

December 01, 2014

Zalman Mlotek's Magical World of Yiddish Song

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3pm
On Stage at Kingsborough Community College
All performances take place at the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center on the campus of Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, Brooklyn, New York 11235.
For ticket information click here
Presented in Association with The National Yiddish Theatre - Folksbiene
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Posted by jmwc at 11:42 PM


Special Presentation
In observance of World AIDS Day
Bruno Walter Auditorium
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
111 Amsterdam Ave (between 64th and 65th Sts.)

Directed by Rohan Spong
(2011, 70 minutes)

Every year, exuberant “70-something” East Village concert pianist Mimi Stern-Wolfe performs a breathtaking concert of works by her friends, all composers, who were lost to the silent killer of New York City.

The award-winning musical documentary ALL THE WAY THROUGH EVENING chronicles the era when the HIV/AIDS pandemic swept through a downtown arts community and ravaged it. Accompanied by the moving music written by those departed, the film recalls this tragedy with candid interviews from friends, family, and the lovers that survived it.

Directed by Australian Rohan Spong, this engaging and poignant documentary charts Mimi's struggle as she prepares for the concert, and is a true testament to the strength of friendship and the power of music.

Two Songs of Robert Chesley sung by Marshall Coid
Whatever You Say He Sings by Chris deBlasio sung by Darcy Dunn.
Two songs by baritone, Gilles Denizot. (TBA)
Piano Solo of Kevin Oldham by Mimi Stern- Wolfe
Presented in association with Downtown Music Productions
Bruno Walter Auditorium
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center
111 Amsterdam Ave (between 64th and 65th Sts.)
Posted by jmwc at 01:02 PM

Claire Barry Singer of Yiddish Hits Dead at 94

Claire Barry, of the famous duo "The Barry Sisters" died Nov.22, 2014 at the age of 94. For over four decades, she and her sister Merna made Yiddish songs into mid-century contemporary hits such as "Bei Mir Bistu Shein" and "Mein Shtetle Belz". They outlasted the radio age and went onto TV and stage. Ever elegant, the Barry Sisters sang in tight harmonies in "swing" and the styles of the day. They often sang even American pop songs in Yiddish. There is an obituary in the NYTimes that appeared on Nov. 30
and the Forward

Posted by jmwc at 10:40 AM

November 29, 2014

Hannah, a new Chanukah Opera

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. in Manhattan.

This will be its New York City premiere, semi-staged, with soloists, chorus, piano, organ, violin, tambourine and 261 slide projections.

The 21-member cast features 9 soloists and The Metropolitan Philharmonic Chorus, including one rabbi and 8 cantors*, accompanied by organist Pedro D'Aquino and the composer conducting from the piano. Admission is by donation. A copy of the libretto will be given to anyone contributing $25 or more. No one will be turned away. (*Cantors Meredith Greenberg, Raphael Frieder, David Katz, Galit Dadoun Cohen, Fredda Mendelson, Janet Leuchter, Moshe Bear, and Erik Contzius; also Jonathan Kline, Helene Williams, Rabbi Joshua Minkin, and others)

For more information, see: Continue reading "Hannah, a new Chanukah Opera "
Posted by jmwc at 01:24 PM

Dave Levitt Trio at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue

NY Klezmer Series Presents: Dave Levitt Trio, w/Mike Cohen & Christina Crowder Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York, New York
The Dave Levitt Trio
Dec. 2, 2014 at 7:30pm
Stephen Wise Free Synagogue
30 W. 68th St. NY NY 10023

Klezmer Instrumental Workshop w/Dave Levitt 5:30-7pm $25 per class Concert begins at 7:30pm; $15. Jam sessions follow Full night pass – $35 (includes class, Tantshoyz & jam sesson)
Dave Levitt – Trombone
Mike Cohen – Clarinet
Christina Crowder – Accordion

Dave Levitt is a fourth generation Klezmer musician and is known as a leading authority on this music as well as its history. Mr. Levitt has performed and lectured at the National Yiddish Book Center, Eldridge St. Museum and Synagogue, Center for Jewish History among many others. He wrote the text for the Levitt family exhibit which is on permanent display at the Yiddish Book Center in S. Amherst, Massachusetts.

Three veteran klezmorim, The Dave Levitt Klezmer Trio present to audiences authentic interpretations of Eastern European Klezmer music. They perform dance, popular and concert music stemming from Poland, Russia, Hungary, Roumania, as well as Yiddish Theater favorites. Tying in history and language, the trio consists of accordion, clarinet, and trombone and invites audiences to sing and move with the group’s dialogues and conversations in music.

Posted by jmwc at 12:09 AM

November 28, 2014

Andy Statman Trio at Club Passim

Andy Statman Trio
November 30, 2014 8PM and Monday Dec 1, 2014 at 8pm
Club Passim
47 Palmer Street in the basement of an historic brick delivery and carriage house. It is on the corner of Church and Palmer Streets.
Cambridge, MA
$30 / 28

Andy Statman, one of his generation’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, thinks of his compositions and performances as “spontaneous American-roots music and personal, prayerful hasidic music, by way of avant-garde jazz.” This modest man takes for granted that a performer might embody several world in his art, and seems humbled by the fact that his music, like his story, is extraordinary.

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Posted by jmwc at 12:54 PM

November 26, 2014

Jon Madof Residency at The Stone

Jon Madof will be in residency at from December 2-7, 2014 with performances by Rashanim, Zion80, and a brand new project called Blivet. 10 sets in all!

The Stone is located at the corner of Ave. C and 2nd St. in NYC. Admission is $15 per set, payable at the door. The full schedule is below.

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Posted by jmwc at 03:28 PM

November 20, 2014

Songs of the Heart with Raymond Goldstein

Please join us 7:30 for concert, 5:30 for dinner.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
for a memorable concert of cantorial and Hanukkah music by Israeli composer Raymond Goldstein who will be joined by Cantors Chaim Dovid Berson, Sanford Cohen, Brian Mayer and Gideon Zelermyer (formerly of West Hartford), Adrian Durlester, pianist and instrumentalists. Additionally, The Beth El Adult and Children's Choirs, Children's Choirs from The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford and Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford will raise their voices under the direction of Cantor Joseph Ness.

Admission is $20. $15 for seniors and students. Children under 12 free. Tickets available at temple office or at the door.

Beth El Temple
2626 West Albany Ave
West Hartford, CT
call for information: 860-233-9696

Enjoy fresh falafel and Israeli salads for sale by Yosi Kosher Catering before the concert. Israeli dinner ($10 per person) begins at 5:30pm (no rsvps required) and Concert @7:30 pm. Concert tickets available for purchase at the door or in advance in the Temple office.
Posted by jmwc at 09:02 PM

November 19, 2014

Duo Brikcius & Year of Czech Music

Duo Brikcius & Year of Czech Music
[2 Cellists & 2 Siblings]
You are invited to the November concert "Festival Brikcius" - DUO BRIKCIUS & YEAR OF CZECH MUSIC (2 Cellists - 2 Siblings), that will take place on Thursday 20th November 2014
at 7.30pm
Location: in the representative concert hall from the 13th century of the Stone Bell House in Prague
GHMP, 3rd floor, Old Town Square 605/13,
Prague 1,
Czech Republic.

The two cellists, brother and sister Anna Brikciusová and František Brikcius (Duo Brikcius), will introduce a new programme for two cellos. It includes: Suite for Two Cellos by composer and cellist from Prague David Popper (1843 - 1913); Chassidic Dances by "Terezín" Jewish composer Zikmund Schul (1916 - 1944); Composition for Two Cellos by Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů (1890 - 1959; Duo by "Terezín" Jewish composer Gideon Klein (1919 - 1945), written shortly before World War II. The Duo and other pieces by Gideon Klein were promoted and revised by composer Vojtěch Saudek (1951 - 2003), grandnephew of Franz Kafka; and Arrangement of the Presto by Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854 - 1928). As a special encore Duo Brikcius will play the composition Bridges for two cellos by Czech composer and organist Irena Kosíková who lives in France. The music is dedicated to Swiss bridge builder Toni Rüttimann.

Tickets for the concerts at the Stone Bell House can be obtained either from Prague Ticket Office - Via Musica, or at the door from about 90 minutes before every concert ( ). Given the limited number of seats we strongly recommend early booking!
Posted by jmwc at 02:02 PM

November 17, 2014

Klezmer Influences in American Jewish Music

Admission: General $12 | YIVO Members $8
Box Office: | (212) 868-4444
Venue: YIVO Institute at the Center for Jewish History | 15 West 16th Street - NYC

For years, American Jewish composers have been integrating klezmer and Yiddish folk songs into new classical music, inventing a new form of artistic and cultural Jewish expression. In this unique lecture-demonstration, we present three of these outstanding and rarely performed pieces—Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind by Osvaldo Golijov, Six Yiddish Scenes by Paul Alan Levi, and Café Music by Paul Schoenfield—and delve into the intricacies and challenges of performing American Jewish music today. Special guests include internationally-acclaimed clarinetist Todd Palmer, who will discuss the klezmer and mystical elements of Dreams and Prayers; pianist and composer Paul Alan Levi, who will speak with Michael Leavitt, President of the American Society for Jewish Music about interpreting Yiddish Art Songs today; and Yuval Waldman, artistic director of the Sidney Krum Concert Series, who will introduce the hybrid klezmer-jazz elements in the closing piano trio Café Music

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Posted by jmwc at 06:07 PM

Carolyn Enger to Perform at National Gallery of Art

Carolyn Enger, pianist, will perform a program of by Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein and Ned Rorem.
Sunday November 30, 2014 at 3:30 PM
The National Gallery of Art
West Building, West Garden Court
National Mall
Washington DC
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Posted by jmwc at 05:51 PM

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