March 11, 2013

Winter Jewish Music Concert presents Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Winter Jewish Music Concert presents its first solo concert
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For five years the Winter Jewish Music Concert has presented large-scale concerts of Jewish music, with twenty or more singers at each concert.

On Sunday, June 9th, at 4:00 p.m., we will for the first time present a concert featuring only one singer. The performer at this very special event will be Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell, who over the past year has gained attention as the new voice of Yiddish song. He will be singing from the songbook of Sidor Belarsky, one of the 20th Century's greatest singers of Jewish song.

Mr. Russell's personal story is compelling. He is a classically-trained African-American singer who converted to Judaism and whose partner is a rabbi. But just as compelling is his talent. As one critic commented, "The first time I played a recording of Anthony Russell singing a Yiddish song, it was as if thunder rolled through the house. His rich bass voice wraps itself around a song and makes it rattle the windows.”

Mr. Russell has performed Yiddish song in New York, Boston, Toronto, and Northern California, where he makes his home. This will be his first performance in the Southeast United States.

Mr. Russell will be accompanied by Alan Mason
( , the Music Director of the Winter Jewish Music Concert.

Tickets on sale for solo concert

Tickets for the Winter Jewish Music Concert's presentation of Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell are now on sale. General admission is $18, and sponsor tickets are $36. Tickets may be purchased online ( or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

** Read about Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell:
Interview in the forward
. Profile on Huffington Post:
. Anthony Russell's web site .:
Who is Anthony Russell?:
Hailed as “The Paul Robeson of the Yiddish Song,” Anthony Russell has sung with various opera companies in the San Francisco Bay Area and the New York Metro area over the past ten years. He made his professional début with the San Francisco Opera Company in the world premiere of Philip Glass’s opera Appomattox. Recently, Anthony has devoted himself to performing the Yiddish art song repertoire of the Ukranian operatic bass Sidor Belarsky (1898-1975), most recently performing at the Ashkenaz Festival in Toronto, North America’s largest international Jewish music festival. He resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his partner of five years, Rabbi Michael Rothbaum. :


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November 26, 2012

Winter Jewish Music Concert 2013 in January

Don't miss Jewish music from around the world: Yiddish, Cantorial, Ladino, Israeli, folk, pop, classical, jazz, tango and beat box (and magic too) in Miami, Florida.

Performed in the glorious 1926 Bertha Abess Sanctuary at Temple Israel of Greater Miami, the oldest Jewish sanctuary in continuous use in Florida. Located at 7 N13.E. 19th Street, the Temple is in Miami's vibrant urban center, five blocks north from the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, and near the Wynwood Arts District, Midtown, and the Design District.

Tickets for the 2013 Winter Jewish Music Concert are now on sale.

The concert, with a huge cast of cantors and performers, will be Saturday evening, January 19th. Tickets are $18 per person (plus service charge), and can be purchased online ( or by calling 1-800-838-3006. More information on the concert and tickets can be found on the concert web site,

This year, for the first time, there will be a pre-concert food reception, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Reservations for the food reception may be made at the same time you purchase your concert ticket.

Concert to be broadcast live nationwide

The Winter Jewish Music Concert is one of the country's leading concerts of Jewish music. Far more people want to attend than can fit in the exquisite Bertha Abess Sanctuary.

This year, to accommodate those who cannot obtain tickets, and to share the concert with people across the country, the concert will be broadcast live nationwide on Jewish Life TV ( , a national Jewish TV network.

Check your cable system for information on JLTV. For those who do cannot receive JLTV, the broadcast of the concert will be streamed live on the JLTV web site.
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Tel Aviv-Based VEGA Launches Electronic Music Initiative

Art Basel to Host Launch of Tel Aviv EDM Label
12/06/2012, Thursday
Miami Beach, FL
Art Basel, 151 NE 41st Street
Show: 6:00 pm
F r e e Admission.

As Israel and Gaza (hopefully) conclude their most recent conflict, a new music project seeks to unite the region on the dancefloor. They believe music is the best weapon against rockets and air strikes.

From the premier international modern and contemporary art show, Art Basel, a new music and art label will be born. The label, VEGA, will be based in Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel. The musical focus will be on EDM and will be as ethnically and spiritually diverse as Jaffa itself, one of the most consistently peaceful places for Jews, Christians, and Muslims to live and create together. So beneficial is this coexistence to the electronic music scene there that Jaffa is developing a reputation among djs as the Berlin of the Middle East.

Free Loops and Ecstatic Grooves: Tel Aviv-Based VEGA Launches Electronic Music Initiative at Art Basel Miami Beach with a Pop-Up Tent, Featuring Middle Eastern Sounds, Flavors and Feelings from the Region.

”Our goal is to dissolve the walls between people with music,” says the collective team behind VEGA, which includes Meir Kordevani and Adi Englman of the Tel Aviv based Picnic Magazine; and producer, Monica Haim. “We hope to unite music and art lovers across the Middle East, and beyond, via dynamic cultural exchanges.” This is the driving force behind VEGA, a new music and art label sparked in the often unsung, vibrant diversity of Israel, and born of a deep love of electronic music and its ability to open minds and melt boundaries.

To bring this energy to the world, VEGA will host its first major event—VEGA TEL AVIV MIAMI—with a pop-up Bedouin tent designed by hip Belgian firm Cnocspot ( in the middle of Miami’s Design District, at the heart of Art Basel Miami Beach.

Bass music and deep roots will mingle, as feelings and flavors from the region (including camels!) will mix with the edgy, compelling sounds of the Middle East (featuring high-intensity sets by charismatic Yemenite-Israeli singer Ravid Kahalani, Israeli dub/grime DJ Laroz, and by free-thinking, jazz-inspired Lebanese DJ Morphosis). The goal: to show how eclectic, ecstatic music can inspire togetherness, and to shine a light on the traditions of tolerance and coexistence that continue in the Middle East—despite uncertain times.

When: December 6, 2012; 6:00 pm – 12:00 am
Where: 151 NE 41ST ST (between North Miami Ave and NE 2nd Ave)
More info:
Free admission
In 2011, this team debuted in Miami with The Culture Club by Picnic Magazine Tel Aviv, a 4-day event that showcase the creative spirit of Tel Aviv.
From last year’s event in Miami:!
This year, the goal is to bring the sensual feelings of the whole region to Miami’s Design District.
Ravid Kahalani: “Your language is my language,” striking singer and incandescent performer Ravid Kahalani says. “It doesn’t matter to which god you pray, so long as the melody comes from heart. This is exactly what I want to sing all the time, what I want to give people when I sing.” Kahalani does just that, both when the vocalist channels both his Yemenite Jewish roots and his love of bluesmen like Leadbelly, and in riveting electronica-driven sets. For this Miami performance, Kahalani will move from his rootsy Middle Eastern essence (backed by a hard-hitting live band), to pieces drawing powerfully on bass culture and club sounds (with help from Tel Aviv’s DJ Laroz, who has co-operated with Israel's top artists, writing and co-producing some of the most significant Israeli albums)—all of it boosted by Kahalani’s soaring, evocative, multi-octave voice.

Morphosis: Born in Lebanon, DJ/producer/electronic musician Morphosis (Rabih Beaini) fled his native land’s war and turmoil for Venice, Italy, where he found his signature approach. Transforming the house and techno that made up the bulk of his first sets, Beaini turned to his love of live spontaneity, musique concrète, and avant jazz (think Sun Ra) into nuanced, spacious bass music. A darling of the intelligent dance music scene, Morphosis relishes his life at the musical crossroads (he recently returned fulltime to Lebanon), where Arabic classical music and ecstatic jazz riffs meet serious grooves.

“What I do is try to work with a loop in a way to free it,” Beaini reflected in a 2011 interview. “Maybe it won't get free, but that is the process of it and that is how I work making music. All the modulations, all the sounds, the shapes: It is a matter of freedom.”

For this Miami launch, VEGA also celebrates its first musical release with a limited edition vinyl pressing of Sonne, written and produced by Morphosis (Rabih Beaini and performed live at the Rote Sonne, Munich), and was specially released for the launch of VEGA.

The Jerusalem based musician and artist, Daniel Kiczales will open the event with his audio-visual video piece called The Messenger (2011; please see still image from the video above). This piece, shot in Jerusalem, introduces a staged conversation between two sonic interlocutors: a traditional Muezzin call, inviting the Muslim prayers to come and pray in the mosque, and the artist himself, playing an electric guitar from an opposite hill. The video introduces a sequence of five acts in which the artist flirts with the Muezzin throughout one single day. The physical space that hosts this sequence of sonic flirtation is a beautiful yet complex one, a space that holds great potential for rich and diverse cultural dialogues and exchanges.

The event will also feature a debut presentation of the music-inspired, wood and marble sculpture, Meshuggah Gate Hold That Pyramid For Me, by the up and coming Jerusalem-based plastic artist and musician, Alma Ben Yossef. The piece will be embedded within Cnocspot’s pop-up scenography. On-site live video projections, lush graphic design, and Middle-Eastern style drinks and snacks will also be a part of this multi-sensory offering.

VEGA is an initiative launched by the same cosmopolitan, Tel Aviv-based and inspired crew behind the savvy, image-based Picnic Magazine (, who with this new effort, shift their focus from visual art to music.

Producer and VEGA collaborator, Monica Haim, is also the creator of the independent documentary film, Awake Zion (, which, through music, explores the link between Judaism and Rasta, in a conscious attempt to celebrate the unexpected (but ever-present) connections between cultures.

Restless in the fine art world, the Picnic team longed to break visual art out of the confines of galleries, museums, and commercialism, with music as a mere backdrop, a supplement to the magazine’s populist approach to the image. Yet they realized, when they saw the electronic music scene in Tel Aviv expand rapidly and draw together fans from diverse backgrounds, that they had the order reversed. As a group, they joined forces and decided to launch VEGA, which puts music front and center, in hopes of uniting the disparate and shifting the cultural—and perhaps the political—landscape.

“Because we are situated in an area that is often associated–unfortunately with reason–with war and terror, VEGA exists to whole-heartedly convey a positive and constructive energy of unification through the arts,” the VEGA team notes. “Music, and especially electronic music, brings people together effortlessly, we’ve found.”

What is VEGA?

A star. A compass. A messenger of light.

VEGA is also a new music and art label coming from the Middle East, from Tel Aviv Jaffa, one of the few cities where Muslims, Christians and Jews peacefully co-exist.

Harnessing the thriving momentum of music in this part of the world, VEGA aims to access the prospect of peace via a carefully planned public program driven mostly by the genre of electronic music. At its heart, VEGA aims to bring a modern approach to an ancient dilemma.

To accomplish this, VEGA connects artists and audiences from different communities and backgrounds. It seeks to give birth to music and art productions that are constantly fueled towards the spirit of coming together. It is essentially a new kind of creative hub where music and art featured and nurtured as a cross-cultural bridge-building tool.

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August 29, 2012

Winter Jewish Music Concert 2013 in Miami

The Winter Jewish Music Concert is a concert like no other.
700 people gather in a historic 1926 sanctuary in downtown Miami to hear the best of Jewish music from around the world: Yiddish, cantorial, Ladino, Israeli, folk, pop, classical, jazz, and rap. The Winter Jewish Music concert was first presented in 2009, and each year has been sold out.

To make your plans, see:
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March 19, 2012

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.

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October 19, 2009

World Premiere Performances of Meira Warshauer Music

World Premiere Performances of Meira Warshauer’s Concerto for Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra in Wilmington and Brevard, NC, and Columbia, SC

Tekeeyah (a call) - Concerto for Shofar/Trombone and Orchestra, will be given its World Premiere performances with shofar/trombone virtuoso Haim Avitsur on the following dates.

Tekeeyah (a call) is the first concerto ever written for shofar/trombone soloist and orchestra and was commissioned by a consortium of orchestras that also includes the Western Piedmont Symphony (Hickory, NC), John Gordon Ross, Music Director and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Neal Gittleman, Music Director.

Tekeeyah (a call) during a residency at the MacDowell Colony in Spring of 2008, has written this about the piece, "I believe our time calls for an awakening to our true essence as human beings. The shofar (ram’s horn), with its natural power and centuries of service in calling Jews to awaken, can be an important instrument in this collective renewal of purpose. The trombone's breadth of range and dynamics complements and extends the expressive capacity of the shofar.”

Like Streams in the Desert video is on YouTube at The piece is featured on her critically acclaimed Albany Records Streams in the Desert disk of Torah-based choral/orchestral works.

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February 01, 2009

Kultur Festival 2009: Keynote Tradition & Transformation

Jack Mendelson panel
Kultur Festival 2009: Keynote Tradition & Transformation, 1 Mar 2009
FAU Libraries & Klezmer Company Orchestra Present
Kultur Festival 2009
A Celebration of Jewish Music & Arts
February 25-March 1, 2009 @ Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL

Keynote Address
"Tradition and Transformation" Rabbi Irwin Kula
Sunday March 1, 2009 @ 1 p.m.
Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center (FAU)
Tickets $5 Rabbi Irwin Kula, noted radio and TV personality, author, international speaker and co-president of CLAL (National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership), shares his progressive philosophy on Jewish wisdom and its relationship to the past, present and future. One of the festival's highlights, Rabbi Kula's keynote address examines the role of Jewish arts and culture in the 21st century.

For tickets, call 800-564-9539 or visit For more information on KCO, visit A limited number of festival passes are available and must be purchased by phone or in person at the FAU Box Office

Kultur Festival 2009 is the first festival of its kind in South Florida. This five-day celebration of Jewish culture includes concerts, presentations and lectures that feature a diverse selection of music, song, dance, film and book arts. Klezmer Company Orchestra (KCO), led by conductor and festival director Aaron Kula, presents the festival's grand finale concert Tantz, Samba & Soul together with the renowned Ebony Chorale of the Palm Beaches. Other guest artists and speakers include distinguished New York City Cantor Jacob Mendelson, filmmaker David Weintraub and authors Rabbi Irwin Kula and Heidi Smith Hyde.

Kultur Festival takes place on FAU's Boca Raton campus at four different venues: the Wimberly Library (fifth floor), the Barry and Florence Friedberg Lifelong Learning Center, the Live Oak Pavilion in the Student Union and the Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium.

Kultur Festival 2009 has been made possible in part through a grant from American Express. Additional support provided by the Nathan and Marion Crosby Holocaust and Judaic Library Collections Endowment Fund, Jewish Cultural Society at FAU, South Florida Association of Jewish Libraries, FAU's Lifelong Learning Society and FAU's Student Union.

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January 28, 2008

Klezmer in Charlottesville, VA

internationally acclaimed clarinetist Joel Rubin and tsimbalist Pete Rushefsky will be offering a rare evening of klezmer and hasidic duets Tues., Jan. 29, 2008, 7:00 pm, at the Gravity Lounge in Charlottesville.

The duo will perform Eastern European Jewish instrumental klezmer music and hasidic nigunim (religious melodies of spiritual elevation), including material from Midnight Prayer, recorded in Budapest with the 8-piece international Joel Rubin Jewish Music Ensemble for the New York label, Traditional Crossroads (2007), the forthcoming Nign of Reb Mendel Futterfass, and other projects.

For more information, see
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January 27, 2008

Ocala Cantorial Concert: Israel at 60 Melodies of Milk & Honey

The Fourth Annual Cantorial Concert is being held in Ocala, Florida. This year's exciting theme, "Israel at 60: Melodies of Milk & Honey," is part of a world-wide, year long celebration of Israel's 60th birthday. Presented by Temple Beth Shalom and starring Cantor/Rabbi Samuel Dov Berman, this community wide concert will be held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, March 9, 2008, at the Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 NE Silver Springs Blvd. in Ocala.
,br /> This unforgettable musical event to benefit the programs and activities of Temple Beth Shalom, will highlight 60 years of Israel's musical gems. Featured performers include guest cantors & cantorial vocalists, Cantor Harold Orbach of Detroit, Cantor Deborah Jacobson and Joy Katzen-Guthrie, both of Palm Harbor, Dale Berman of Ocala and Steve Berman of Los Vegas and more special guests.

Tickets donations are $25 general admission, $22 seniors and may be purchased by calling Gary Green 352.347-2481. Preferred seating options include: "soprano" benefactor $310, 4 tickets; "tenor" patron $160, 2 tickets; "baritone" supporter" $85, 1 ticket. Donor, Greetings & ads opportunites are available by calling Steve Lande at 352.854-2747.
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May 06, 2007

John Zorn and the Future of Jewish Music Lecture

The Judaica Sound Archives at Florida Atlantic University's S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus, invites you to join librarian Daniel Scheide, who will present a lecture titled "John Zorn and the Future of Jewish Music," on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 from 7 to 8 p.m.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 29, 2007, from 7 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: Paul C. Wimbish Wing of the S.E. Wimberly Library
Mildred & Abner Levine and Ruth & Saul Weinberger Jewish Life Center
Hillel Golden Pavilion
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431

COST:*Free and open to the public
CONTACT: Judaica Sound Archives at FAU Libraries at 561-297-0080

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March 18, 2007

World Premiere of Symphony 1 by Meira Warshauer in South Carolina

World Premiere Performance of Meira Warshauer Symphony No. 1 Living, Breathing Earth by South Carolina Philharmonic on March 24

The World Premiere performance of Meira Warshauer’s Symphony No. 1 – “Living, Breathing Earth” will be given by the South Carolina Philharmonic, Nicholas Smith, Music Director, at 7 PM on Saturday, March 24, 2007 as part of their Master Series 7 concert at the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene Street in Columbia, South Carolina.

Tickets for the March 24 concert are $40, $32, $23, $16 and $13. For tickets and more concert information, please call the South Carolina Philharmonic box office at 803-254-7445 or visit them online at

This new work, commissioned by the South Carolina Philharmonic, Western Piedmont Symphony of North Carolina, and the Dayton Philharmonic of Ohio (their Premiere performances will be given on April 26 and 28), has been described by the composer: “the title, Living, Breathing Earth, came to me in contemplating the image of the rainforests as lungs of the earth. I felt our planet, alive with all variety of creatures and plants living in symbiosis with each other, breathing in and out, and the planet as a whole, pulsing with breath.” You can read Carson Cooman’s Music & Vision Daily interview with the composer about the new work at

Other works on the program include William Walton’s Façade, Sally Smith, Narrator and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, Marina Lomazov, pianist.

Founded 42 years ago, the South Carolina Philharmonic has become one of the leading orchestras in the southeast. The South Carolina Philharmonic's mission is to continue providing quality symphonic music for their audiences, broaden public awareness and enjoyment of symphonic music, expand educational music programs for elementary, middle and high school students, support their Youth Orchestra program that serves more than 200 young instrumentalists and collaborate with other local arts groups to reach a more diverse audience. Maestro Nicholas Smith has been in charge of orchestras and opera companies for more than thirty years on both sides of the Atlantic. He has conducted orchestras in a dozen countries, making him adept at communicating with few words. Many concerts have been broadcast on radio and television and he has recorded CDs with Finnish, British and Czech orchestras. Much more about him and the orchestra at For a list of season sponsors, visit

Meira Warshauer’s compositions have been performed and recorded to critical acclaim throughout the United States and in Israel, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Warshauer studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and Gordon Goodwin. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP as well as the America Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. In 2000, she received the first Art and Cultural Achievement Award from the Jewish Historical Society of S. Carolina.

Dr. Warshauer is a Visiting Lecturer at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina . Her CDs include the soundtrack to the documentary Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina and Spirals of Light, chamber music and poetry (by Ani Tuzman) on themes of enlightenment, on the Kol Meira label and "Revelation" for orchestra, included on the MMC CD Robert Black Conducts. Her music is published by Oxford University Press, MMB Music, World Music Press and Kol Meira Publications. Her latest Bracha Newsletter, containing full program notes for Symphony No. 1, is online at You can find much more about her at
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February 26, 2007

Meira Warshauer Symphony No. 1 World Premiere

World Premiere Performance of Meira Warshauer Symphony No. 1 Living, Breathing Earth by Western Piedmont Symphony of North Carolina was a great success. The two other orchestras who helped commission the work will have first performances in March and April.
The Symphony was commissioned by the Western Piedmont Symphony, the South Carolina Philharmonic (their Premiere performance will be on March 24 - and the Dayton Philharmonic (their Premiere performances will be given on April 26 and 28 -

You can find much more about Meira Warshauer at
The greatly successful World Premiere performance of Meira Warshauer’s Symphony No. 1 – “Living, Breathing Earth” was given by the Western Piedmont Symphony, John Gordon Ross, Conductor, on Saturday, February 3, 2007 as part of their Masterworks III concert at the First Baptist Church in Hickory, North Carolina.

Classical Voice North Carolina’s review of the premiere performance included this paragraph, “In the first movement, nature could not provide better sound effects of the cicadas, the orchestra buzzing and chirping throughout. The second movement recalls a nighttime canoe ride in the Peruvian rainforest, with the sparkling reflections of stars and fireflies in the dark, still water. This section is so gorgeous and emotional that it could bring tears to one's eyes. The third depicts the playful dance of the butterflies and sunlight at the river's edge. The fourth movement takes us into space, where we look onto the living, breathing, pulsating earth and its many changing colors.” The review also praised the Western Piedmont Symphony’s performance and concluded with, “"Living, Breathing Earth" deserves to be heard many, many more times, not only for its message that life on earth is in danger, and that we must be good stewards of the environment, but because it is such beautiful music.” Read the complete review at

Her latest Bracha Newsletter, containing full program notes for Symphony No. 1, is online at You can also read Carson Cooman’s marvelous Three Questions Before the First Night interview in England’s Music & Vision daily at

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February 08, 2006

Inaugural New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival

April 1 and April 2. Mark those dates on your calendars. Maybe even book a flight to New Orleans to attend the event! Out of towner tickets are only $50 for the entire two days. The first ever New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival is happening in only a few short weeks. And it's going to be a great line up: Neshama Carlebach, Rebbe Soul, Moshav Band, Sam Glasser, The New Orlenas Klezmer All Stars and much more. To learn all about it, read this flyer: Come support the Jewish community of New Orleans and at the same time bring some great music back to the city.
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December 26, 2005

Varshavsky-Shapiro Piano Duo win Second Place in Miami

Israelis Stanislava Varshavsky and Diana Shapiro won Second place in Dec, 2005, at the 10th Dranoff International Two Piano Competition, held in Miami, Florida. Competing against the top piano duos in the world, the Israelis finished second with the pianists from Japan, Kuni Seo and Shin-ichiro Kato finishing first place Gold Medal. The Murray Dranoff Foundation was created in 1987 by Loretta Dranoff as a tribute to her late husband with whom she performed as an internationally recognized two piano team. The second prize, the Silver Medal comes with a $15,000 award. Another Israeli, Michael Tsalka from Tel Aviv finished 9th place with partner Katarzyna Marzec-Salwinski from Krakow, Poland.

Varshavski and Shapiro started playing together as a duo in 1998. In 2004 they won The Grand Prize at the 15th Piano Competition in Rome for duo piano and 1st prize for piano four hands. In 2004 they also won the first prize at the “Kol HaMusica” Young Artists Competition in Jerusalem. Between 1999 and 2003 they have won prizes in the Czech Republic, Miami, Jerusalem, Munich and Poland. The duo currently live in Cambridge, MA and study at the Longy School of Music in the class of American pianist Victor Rosenbaum. They maintain a website at

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November 18, 2005

Miriam Sandler Sings for Girls in Boca

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 where you can sample some of her music.
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September 19, 2005

Shalom South Florida on Radio

Shalom South Florida - Since 1986, Jewish radio host, RONI, has been playing today's Jewish music with a taste of the past. "Shalom South Florida" is heard live every Sunday morning, from 9:00-10:00 AM, throughout South Florida on WLVJ (1040-AM).
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February 23, 2005

Southern Jewish Composers

On Monday, March 7th at 7 p.m., Meira Warshauers "Spirals of Light" for flute, cello and piano, will be presented in concert Jewish Museum of Florida, 301 Washington Avenue, in Miami Beach. This concert will feature music by Southern Jewish composers and will be performed by an ensemble including pianist Harold Lewin, flutist Elissa Lakofsky and cellist Javier Arias. Also featured in the program will be Judith Shatin's "Janus Quartet", Stephen Dankner's "Trio for clarinet, cello and piano"; and Fredrick Kaufman's "Catalan Concertante for String Quartet." Audiences will be able to meet the composers and have a conversation after the concert. For contact information call 305-672-5044 or visit the Jewish Museum website at jewish museum Meira Warshauer is an Associate Music faculty at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina. Her music has been performed and recorded throughout the US, Israel, Europe and Asia. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP, the America Music Center, Meet the Composer and the South Carolina Arts Commission. Stephen Dankner has composed over sixty works, including seven sympoinies, seven string quartets, five concerti, three major song cycles, sonatas, trios and a host of film scores and solo piano music. Dankner has been commissioned by major symphonys and is on the faculty of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts.
Fredrick Kaufman is a composer of over 100 published compositions that have been performed in Europe, Israel and the US. His ballets have been danced by many international groups. He is former Director of the School of Music at Florida International University where he is currently Artist-in-Residence.
Judith Shatin is a composer whose music combines digital and acoustic media. She has composed for numerous acoustic ensembles, and dance pieces. She has received four National Endowment of the Arts fellowships, as well as numerous awards from US and foreign cities. She has been commissioned from many groups, including chamber and symphonies and has many recordings out. She is Professor and Director of the Viginia Center for Computer Music at the University of Virginia.
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February 08, 2005

Duo 46 at Florida State University

Guitarist Matt Gould and violinist Beth Ilana Schneider, Duo 46 will be part of the annual Festival "7 Days of Opening Nights" at Florida State University Feb. 21-24. Highlights for this concert include the U.S. premieres of Jorge Liderman's Aires de Sefarad, a work comprised of 46 variations for violina nd guitar based on Sephardic music Spain, and Makam, a work influenced by traditional Turkish music by Karl Korte. The concert will take place at the Opperman Music Hall at Florida State University, Feb. 23 at 8pm. For information call 850-644-4774 or visit FSU at For information about the artists and composers, vist Duo46
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May 11, 2004

Meira Warshauers We Are Dreamers

Music by Meira Warshauer Featured in South Carolina Symphonic Chorale Concert on May 16 Meira Warshauers We Are Dreamers will be featured in a special concert, Home Sweet Carolina, presented by the South Carolina Symphonic Chorale, Timothy Koch, Music Director and Conductor, on Sunday, May 16, 2004, 3 PM at Washington Street Methodist Church, 1401 Washington Street, Columbia South Carolina. Tickets for the May 16 concert are $10, $8(seniors) and $6(children). For reservations and more concert information, please call the CCS at (803) 933-9060.

This concert will present sacred and secular choral music of four of the Carolinas finest composers, including Dan Locklair of Winston-Salem, N.C., Ms. Warshauer of Columbia, S.C., Trevor Weston of Charleston, S.C. and Larry Shackley of Columbia. The South Carolina Symphonic Chorale, formerly the Columbia Choral Society, is a nonprofit organization that performs a variety of concert material, from Broadway Favorites to the Brahms Requiem and their "Messiah" sing-a-long. Learn more about them at their website - Meira Warshauers We Are Dreamers, for SATB chorus, clarinet, percussion and piano, was commissioned in honor of the 50th anniversary of the state of Israel. The text is Psalm 126, whose theme is the return of exiles to Zion. This psalm, sung after festive meals on Sabbath and holidays, has sustained generations of Jews in exile. The work was commissioned by a consortium of Jewish choral ensembles led by Zamir Chorale of Boston, along with the Rottenberg Chorale of New York; Gratz College Choir of Pennsylvania; Zemer Chai of Washington, DC; and Kol Dodi of New Jersey. The melodies, from Yemen, Morocco, and Greece/Salonika were found at the National Sound Archives of the Jewish National and University Library, Jerusalem, Israel. Ms. Warshauers compositions have been performed and recorded to critical acclaim throughout the United States and in Israel, Europe, and Asia. A graduate of Harvard, New England Conservatory of Music, and the University of South Carolina, Dr. Warshauer studied composition with Mario Davidovsky, Jacob Druckman, William Thomas McKinley, and Gordon Goodwin. She has received numerous awards from ASCAP as well as the America Music Center, Meet the Composer, and the South Carolina Arts Commission. In 2000, she received the first Art and Cultural Achievement Award from the Jewish Historical Society of S. Carolina. Ms. Warshauer is an Associate Music Faculty member at Columbia College, Columbia, South Carolina. Her CDs include the soundtrack to the documentary Land of Promise: The Jews of South Carolina and "Spirals of Light", chamber music and poetry (by Ani Tuzman) on themes of enlightenment, on the Kol Meira label and "Revelation" for orchestra, included on the MMC CD Robert Black Conducts. Her music is published by Oxford University Press, MMB Music and Transcontinental. Her latest Bracha Newsletter is online at You can find much more about her at - For more information about Meira Warshauer, please contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-797-9166 or

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May 01, 2004

The Chassidic Jazz Project

The Chassidic Jazz Project will be having their season finale. Performance features Carlos Averhoff, Tom Lippincott, Debbie Spring, Barbara Corcillo, Dave Wertman and Reuben Hoch.
Sunday May 2, 2004, 2-4pm
Live at Greynolds Park
Mosaic Music Series
17530 W. Dixie Hwy.
North Miami Beach
305 480-1717/ 305 755-5455
Admission is Free
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April 30, 2004

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys

Margot Leverett and the Klezmer Mountain Boys
Sunday, May 2 3pm Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, 37-06 77th St. Jackson Heights, NY 718-429-1150

Thursday, May 6 Benefit concert for The Dwelling Place, Homeless shelter in Norfolk VA with Tim O'Brien.

Friday, May 7 The Prism Coffehouse, 214 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903, (434) 97-PRISM

Saturday, May 15 8 pm The Arden Club, 2126 The Highway, Arden, DE. Tickets and information: (302) 475-3126

Sunday, May 30 6 & 7:30pm Satalla, 37 West 26th St. (6th/Broadway)NYC, 212.576.1155
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February 26, 2004

"Ketubah" at the Houston Ballet

The San Francisco-based choreographer, Julia Adam, has created a ballet entitled "Ketubah" for the Houston Ballet which will have its world premiere tonight, February 26th at the Wortham Center in Houston. For more info...

Included are a mikvah scene and a joyous wedding celebration. The music is performed by "The Best Little Klezmer Band in Texas", led by violinist/vocalist Marcia Sterling. Isabelle Ganz is featured vocalist for a Russian song during the Mikvah scene. Performances are February 26, 28, 29 and March 5,6, & 7.

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December 30, 2003

Boca Raton Jewish Music Festival

The Boca Raton Jewish Music Festival will take place on January 31, 2004 at the FAU University Center Auditorium at 7:30pm

Tickets for the Boca Raton Jewish Music Festival are on sale at the FAU box office, 561-297-3737. For information about the show contact Irv Rosenthal 561-347-2242 (not for the general public, please)
There will be three bands, Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, Golem and Soulfarm performing during a three hour show. This program is being present to the community by Congregation Beth Tikvah of West Boca Raton, 561-852-6555. Ticket prices range from $18 - $50 with a limited number of VIP tickets which include an after show desert reception with the artists.

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