March 28, 2012

Seder Songs 2 CD set by URJ

URJ has a special 2 CD set for Passover. You can learn the tunes... some songs for very young children are included, so there's something for everyone, including modern and 'traditional' songs. Seder Songs features 22 fantastic tunes for the Passover seder. The collection includes some of the most tried-and-true traditional melodies from both Ashkenazi and Sephardi traditions, as well as the newest contemporary settings from artists like Peter and Ellen Allard, Noah Budin, Max Chaiken, Eric Komar, Steven Sher and Peri Smilow. The collection includes a variety of songs tailored to children as well as offerings for adults of all ages. A variety of singers and voices break up the album for more enjoyable listening and learning.

Seder Songs includes an innovative approach for its use in a contemporary home or modern seder setting. It includes two CDs--one featuring complete recordings of each tune with vocals, and another with each song in a "music minus one" format ("Karaoke" style, instrumental tracks with no vocals) for a musical backdrop to your own spirited seder singing. So, once you know the words, you can offer the background music to your family and guests.

For more information or, to listen to clips or buy a CD
Posted by jmwc at 06:28 PM

March 26, 2012

Evening of Yiddish Song: The Sidor Belarsky Songbook

The Congress for Jewish Culture and the New Yiddish Rep present
"An Evening of Yiddish Song-- The Sidor Belarsky Songbook"
Date: Sunday, April 1
Time: 5pm
Location: Temple Beth Emeth, 83 Marlborough Rd., Ditmas Park, Brooklyn. (B or Q train to Church Ave.)

Anthony (Mordechai Tzvi) Russell, an African-American classical singer of opera and lieder, has embarked on a project of personal anecdote, engagement and expression through Yiddish art song with his performance of selections from *The Sidor Belarsky Songbook*.

"Being an operatic bass (as Sidor Belarsky was) an African-American by birth and a Jew by choice, the recital repertoire of Sidor Belarsky provides a unique potential for me as an artist to actively embody the aspirations, desires and struggles of one diaspora culture enriched with the colors and experiences of another."

Learn more about this performer at his website:
Posted by jmwc at 08:39 AM

March 19, 2012

Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble

Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at the Sixth Street Community Synagogue in NYC
events from 6:00pm until 11:00pm
Wednesday, Mar 21 at 08:00 PM - The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble East Village Klezmer Series
.6 - 7:30PM Klezmer Workshop led by special guest, Bassist Brian Glassman!! $25
8 – 9:15PM The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble $15 (includes a drink)
9:30 – 11PM Klezmer Jam Session, led by Aaron Alexander and guests

Full evening pass $35 (includes Workshop or Yiddish Class, Concert, Jam Session & one drink!)

The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble
featuring Sy Kushner (accordion), Aaron Kushner (alto sax), Jeremy Brown (violin,) and Marty Confurius (bass) and special guest Ken Maltz on clarinet

On a mild July evening, seven years ago [1960], on a semi-lit stage in Camp Hi-Li, three musicians (who were to become known as The Mark 3) met and played their first note together. To all present, it was obvious that they were witnessing the birth of a sound-a sound that was to bring to Israeli and Chassidic music a depth which it had never before known. - Excerpt from the liner notes of the original 1966 Mark 3 recording which was re-released in 2009. That album was to become the seminal opus: an album that was to influence the course of Jewish music for years to come. And Sy Kushner was one of its founders and musical director. It was the beginning of a long and varied career for Sy, taking him through Chassidic, Israeli folk, klezmer, and most recently newly composed Jewish music. His CDs of original works have received rave reviews.

This disc[Arise!] embodies the idea that klezmer is a living and viable genre…. Kushner’s klezmer music integrates non-klezmer sounds, but so smoothly that the result is more like stirred paint, in which each new added element changes the color of the whole. – Paul Wieder, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation.

Sy Kushner is a klezmer lifer, a leading figure on accordion as well as a composer since his Mark 3 days in the ’60s…… highly refined musical gold. - George Robinson…..Jewish Week 2009

What a wonderful day you gave us. Your music brings me warm memories of a time long ago. Thanks. - Joan Levine and Jonah Berman commenting on a 2009 City Winery performance.

Kushner’s authority, clarity, and grace on the accordion makes this album very special.….The way Kushner plays, you feel as though you can tell what is really happening. - Ari Davidow’s review of KlezSqueeze(CD)

The CD (KlezSqueeze) impresses with its simplicity and virtuosity. In many respects, I wondered, how is it possible to play like that? ….For myself, it is one of the best records ever. - Andreas, from Virtual Klezmer(Germany)

The Kushners are the great biblical begots of klezmer music. - Jonathan Mark, Associate Editor, Jewish Week

Accordionist Kushner has been making excellent klezmer since his hits with the Mark 3 Orchestra back in the 1960s. He has only gotten better and deeper. - Ari Davidow-Klezmer Shack

Posted by jmwc at 11:45 AM

Judith Shatin

Judith Shatin's Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi
will be performed
by pianist Mary Kathleen Ernst
on 4/29/12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Roberts Music Center
4200 54th Ave S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33711
on the Eckerd College Recital Series
on 5/06/12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Crocker Art Museum
216 O Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
in conjunction with the Judy Chicago Exhibition in Sacramento, CA.

Mary Kathleen Ernst website:
My website:

Program notes:

Chai Variations on Eliahu HaNavi was inspired by the folk song Eliahu HaNavi (Elijah the Prophet), often sung during the closing service of the Jewish Sabbath. The letters of Chai, which means life or living in Hebrew, symbolically stand for the number 18; hence, 18 variations. I decided to give the performer a choice regarding the ordering of the variations as a reflection of my sense of performance as a collaboration between performer and composer (and, for that matter, listener). It also reflects a dynamic conception of musical form. This means that there are 18! Or 6,402,373,705,728,000 possible orderings. In other words, there are six quadrillion, four-hundred-two trillion, three-hundred-seventy-three billion, seven-hundred-five million and seven-hundred-twenty-eight thousand possible versions! I composed this work while in residence at Brahmshaus in Baden-Baden during the summer of 1995. It is dedicated to the Abel family. Their warm welcome will not soon be forgotten.

Posted by jmwc at 11:37 AM

March 13, 2012

Veretski Pass and Choral Music in CA

San Francisco: Sat, Mar 17, 8 PM
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1111 O'Farrell St.
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Oakland: Sun, Mar 18, 4 PM
Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit St.
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The concerts showcase a variety of new and standard Klezmer music, and a wealth of choral music by Jewish composers, including richly scored six-part Shir Hama'alot by 17th century Italian composer Salamone Rossi, beloved works by Darius Milhaud and Felix Mendelssohn, a lush piece by 19th century composer David Nowakowsky called Hashkivenu #2, Sylke Zimpel's arrangement of the familiar folk tune Tumbalalaika, and compelling psalm settings by contemporary composers George Rochberg, Malcolm Singer, and Karen Tarlow.

For this program local composer Tina Harrington and Composer-Not-in-Residence Matt Van Brink each created new works that feature the two ensembles. Using energetic rhythms, Harrington's Vest Oysforn draws on the tradition of Eastern European folk music. The unique characters of two Romanian dances, the Doina and the Hora, are featured Matt Van Brink's work They Disappear.

Tickets are on sale now!
Advanced Purchase: $12 Student/$22 Senior/$25 General
At the Door: $15 Student/$28 Senior/$30 General
About Veretski Pass

Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West. In a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Romanian and Ottoman styles, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Romania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw concert hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10- best recording lists of journalists. For biographies of individual members of Veretski Pass, please visit:

About the Choral Artists

Nationally-recognized San Francisco Choral Artists has achieved renown through innovative programs and stunning performances presenting new works and masterworks of the last 600 years. Specializing in the music of living composers, SFCA has premiered over 175 works and collaborated with The Alexander String Quartet, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Composers Inc, The Whole Noyse, and others. Magen Solomon, Artistic Director since since 1995, avidly cultivates engagements with living composers to bridge the gulf between audience, composer, and performer. Active as a guest conductor, adjudicator and clinician, she has worked with many noted conductors.

Posted by jmwc at 03:55 PM

March 08, 2012

Dudu Fisher in Minneapolis

Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, One Night Only -- Israel's Foremost Singer and Broadway Star Dudu Fisher in a special celebration!
When: Monday, March 12, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m.
Where: Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

To watch the short promotional video click:

To order tickets call 612.371.5656 or visit for more information.
For groups of 10 or more, use coupon code GROUP to receive 50% off
Posted by jmwc at 03:45 PM

Michael Winograd Klezmer trio en Concert Exceptionnel

Thursday, March 15, 2012
8:30pm until 10:30pm

L'UEJF Art et Culture t'invite en exclusivité au premier Concert à Paris du Michael Winograd Trio tout droit venu de NYC pour Toi!

Musique Klezmer d'exception, ambiance de folie et prix cassé pour ce Concert mémorable!

Le Michael Winograd trio (Michael Winograd - Clarinette ; Patrick Farrell - Accordéon ; Benjy Fox-Rosen - Contrebasse) réunit trois des meilleurs musiciens Klezmer de la scène New Yorkaise. Mêlant des mélodies traditionnelles puissantes à de nouvelles compositions, de somptueux arrangements de musique de chambre à des improvisations à couper le souffle, ce nouveau trio montant est en passe de redéfinir le son de la musique Klezmer contemporaine. A écouter d'urgence!

Réservation au : 01 43 31 93 60 ou en nous envoyant un mail facebook avec tes nom, prénom et nombre de places.
Espace rachi, Rue Brocha, (Off Boulevard de Port-Royal)
Paris, France
Artistiquement vôtre
Posted by jmwc at 03:13 PM

Yiddish Break at UPenn

Friday, March 23, 2012 at 5:00pm until Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 1:00pm
קומט און פֿאַרברענגט אױף אונדזער הײַיאָריקער ייִדיש־ברײק אין אין דער אוניװערסיטעט פֿון פּענסילװאַניע!
Come recharge your Yiddish battery with our sixth annual Yiddish Break at UPenn March 23-25th.
Register at
University of Pennsylvania
3600 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

פֿאַרשרײַבט זיך!
צום זעקסטן יאָר שטעלט יוגנטרופֿס ייִדיש־ברײק צו יונגע ייִדיש־רעדערס און אָנהענגערס אַ געלעגנהײט אױפֿן קאַמפּוס צו פֿאַרברענגען אױף אַ סוף־װאָך פֿון ייִדישער שפּראַך און קולטור װאָס איר װעט נישט פֿאַרגעסן! אױף ייִדיש־ברײק, קומען היגע קאַלעדזש־סטודענטן און יונגעלײַט צו הערן סעמינאַרן, עסן, שמועסן, שפּילן זיך, זיך באַטײליקן אין װאַרשטאַטן, זינגען לידער, טאַנצן, און קוקן אױף פֿילמען—אַלץ אױף ייִדיש און אױף ענגליש. כּשרע מאָלצײַטן שטעלן מיר צו, נאָר דאָס אײַנשטײַן איז אײַער אַחריות.

Now in its sixth year, Yiddish Break is an annual event at which young Yiddish speakers and enthusiasts meet for a weekend to experience Yiddish language and culture. Yiddish Breaks have previously been held at Brandeis University, the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, the University of Chicago, Harvard and the University of Maryland. At Yiddish Break, area college students and young people from a wide variety of backgrounds and denominations come together to eat, chat, play games, participate in workshops, attend seminars, and sing songs in Yiddish and English. Kosher meals are provided; local housing is arranged by visiting attendees.

Posted by jmwc at 03:10 PM

Old World/New World Klezmer with Hot Pastromi

Sunday, March 18, 2012
3:00pm until 5:00pm

As part of our 125th Anniversary celebrations, Yale Strom and his band Hot Pstromi will put a new spin on traditional klezmer music, updating Lower East Side sounds that were all the rage when the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue first opened.

$20 adults; $15 students and seniors
Co-sponsored by The Workmen's Circle - In Memory of George Schein
Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002
Posted by jmwc at 03:04 PM

March 07, 2012

Ad Lo Yaday'ah Films from early 20th Century

Interesting Footage of early films from Purim pre-State in Israel.

Posted by jmwc at 09:51 AM

March 06, 2012

2 Choruses in Boston

Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 3:00 PM Two of Boston's finest choruses presenting 400 years of the most beautiful music from the Christian and Jewish traditions.
The Zamir Chorale of Boston
The Trinity Choirs
together in concert
120 voices
in historic Trinity Church, Copley Square, one of the America's architectural Jewels
with cantors Scott Sokol and Elias Rosemberg
To Order Tix: The Zamir Chorale of Boston and the Trinity Choirs join together at Trinity in an unusual one-time concert featuring works of Lewandowski, Rossi, Lampl, Joshua Jacobson (Director of Zamir), Avni, Bernstein, Milhaud, Mendelssohn and Sulzer.

Tickets are available in three sections:
Blue section: $25 (best views)
Green section: $15
Yellow section: $5 (obstructed views)
Posted by jmwc at 11:12 AM

Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble at The Sixth Street Synagogue

The Sixth Street Synagogue East Village Klezmer Series
Wed. March 21, 2012
8:00 pm
The Sy Kushner Jewish Music Ensemble
Sy Kushner, Accordion
Aaron Kushner, Alto Sax
Jeremy Brown, Violin
Marty Confurius, Bass
with Special Guest, Ken Maltz, Clarinet

Sixth Street Synagogue
325 East Sixth Street
New York, N.Y.
(212) 478-3665
For more info on the Klezmer Series, click HERE
For more info on Sy Kushner, click HERE
Posted by jmwc at 11:06 AM

The Leo Kraft 90th Birthday Concert at the Center for Jewish History

On Sunday, March 11th at 3 PM the Society will present The Leo Kraft 90th Birthday Concert at the Center for Jewish History. This performance will feature some of New York's finest chamber music players, including flutist Patricia Spencer, clarinetists Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima, violinist Renne Jolles, violist Mark Halloway, and cellist Marcy Rosen, as well pianist Morey Ritt, who will premiere Testimonium, a new work Kraft has written for her.

Among other works on the program are New Songs from Old, a fantasy for solo clarinet based on traditional Jewish motifs and Seven Hebrew Songs to poems by medieval Hebrew poets, sung by the American baritone Thomas Meglioranza, with David Jolley, horn and Konstantza Chernov, piano. Hailed by The Boston Globe for his “vocal distinction and expressive warmth,” Meglioranza is one of this country’s most sought-after and unique young singers. The program will conclude with Omaggio, in memory of Primo Levi.

This concert is also scheduled to be video taped for archiving on the American Society for Jewish Music website. If you are in the New York Metropolitan area you will also find ticket information there.

The program is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Historical Society and Centro Primo Levi

Posted by jmwc at 10:06 AM

March 02, 2012

Girls in Trouble at JCC in Manhattan

Thu, Mar 15, 2012
Brooklyn poet and multi-instrumentalist Alicia Jo Rabins’ “hauntingly lovely melodies” explore dark stories of biblical women and the hidden places where their complicated lives overlap with her own. In this one-time-only event, the JCC curates live performance of real bat mitzvah speeches, performed in musical conversation with Girls in Trouble’s songs. Hosted by stand-up comic JUDY GOLD With: New York Times best-selling author of Unorthodox, DEBORAH FELDMAN Glittery downtown performance artist GLENN MARLA 16-year-old actress SAM MOZES This performance event is presented in conjunction with The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery exhibit, Bat Mitzvah Comes of Age, and will be followed by a gallery wine reception.

tickets: $15/$20
334 amsterdam ave at 76th st, new york, ny 10023 | 646.505.4444
For ticket info:
Posted by jmwc at 11:34 AM