Kurz Family Foundation WALTER & ELISE HAAS FUND A fiscally sponsored project of the JCC East Bay 30 Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, Gaia Fund, Guzik Foundation, Koret Foundation, Kurz Family Foundation, Milton and Sophie Meyer Fund, Claire Sherman and Ed Anisman, Walter and Elise Haas Fund and Ilene Weinreb Kitka Veretski Pass The Klezmatics Steve Weintraub Sway Machinery Diwan Saz w/ Yair Dalal Paul Hanson Ensemble Cantor Jack Mendelson Di Megileh of Itzik Manger and more! 30 BERKELEY • OAKLAND • SAN FRANCISCO WWW.JEWISHMUSICFESTIVAL.ORG Box Office: 800-838-3006 15% discount for groups of ten or more For more info, call 510-848-0237 x126 1414 Walnut Street Berkeley, CA 94709 510-848-0237 Feb 26-Mar 22, 2015 Fe b . Oa 26 k la - M n d ar | B ch 2 e rk 2, e l 20 e 1 y 5 | S F SWAY MACHINERY: CD RELEASE PARTY TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 8:00 pm LEO’S MUSIC CLUB 5447 TELEGRAPH AVE., OAKLAND $20 IN ADVANCE | $25 AT DOOR $15/class or $25 for two classes Tuesday, March 17, 7:30 pm A horn-driven sextet from New York, draws on a mélange of influences —from Afropop to Ashkenazi cantorial tropes. Fronted by Jeremiah Lockwood, formerly of Balkan Beatbox. In association with the Jewish Community Library. Festival Forshpeis (“appetizer”) DI MEGILEH of ITZIK MANGER with New Yiddish Theater THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 28, 8:00 pm MARCH 1 and 3, 8:00 pm, MARCH 2 (MON. *1:30 pm) JCC EAST BAY, 1414 WALNUT STREET, BERKELEY $30 GENERAL | $25 SENIOR, STUDENT, JCCEB MEMBER (*$15 GENERAL | $12 SENIOR, STUDENT, JCCEB MEMBER FOR DISCOUNT MATINEE MARCH 2 ONLY). The Bay Area’s New Yiddish Theater company reprises last year’s sellout run of the hit Yiddish musical Di Megileh (fully supertitled in English), based on poetry by star Yiddish writer Itzik Manger and set to Israeli composer Dov Seltzer’s sparkling score, with new choral arrangements by Joshua Horowitz. Bruce Bierman directs a stellar cast featuring Naomi Newman, Linda Hirschhorn, Heather Klein, Eliana Kissner, Joel Fleisher, Berel Alexander, Josiah Polhemus, Gerry Tenney and Evelie Delfino Såles Posch. With one foot in 1930s Eastern Europe and the other in biblical Persia, the Purim story recounts the Book of Esther from the eyes of Esther’s jilted lover, Fastrigoseh the tailor. THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 8:00PM THE NEW PARISH, 579 18TH STREET (AT SAN PABLO), OAKLAND $30 GENERAL | $26 SENIOR, STUDENT, JCCEB MEMBER Since their emergence more than 25 years ago, with eleven albums behind them, the Grammy Award-winning Klezmatics have raised the bar for Eastern European Jewish music Considered the top Jewish roots band in the world today, their music continues to be mystical, provocative, reflective and ecstatically danceable. CANTOR JACK MENDELSON with FRANK LONDON and friends Learn steps, styles and stunts for lively circle and chain dances. The Human Roulette Wheel! The Crushing Walls! Over and Under! Wednesday, March 18, 7:30 pm SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 8:00 pm TEMPLE SINAI, 2808 SUMMIT ST., OAKLAND $26 GENERAL | $22 SENIOR, STUDENT, JCCEB MEMBER Participants will split into two groups of players and dancers. Musicians learn correct tempos and feeling for each dance style. Astonishing insights into playing klezmer music guaranteed! Cantor Jack Mendelson sings classical hazonos (Jewish liturgical music). Profiled in the film A Cantor’s Tale, Mendelson has dedicated his life to teaching, performing, and preserving the liturgical music tradition. Accompanied by Frank London of the Klezmatics and special guests. Co-sponsored by Temple Sinai. Thursday, March 19, 7:30 pm Yiddish barn dancing, including the Jewish square dance Sher, and a variety of social dances with ballroom roots. KITKA SUNDAY, MARCH 8, 8:00 pm THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE, 2020 ADDISON STREET, BERKELEY $26 GENERAL | $22 SENIOR, STUDENT, JCCEB MEMBER For International Women’s Day, this world-renowned vocal ensemble showcases excerpts from the recently commissioned I Will Remember Everything, based on the story of the Russian Jewish lesbian poet Sophia Parnok. Kitka’s stunning dissonances, asymmetric rhythms, and lush harmonies are inspired by Eastern European folk traditions. With: Shofar Award Ceremony honoring Ronnie Gilbert of the folk music revival group the Weavers. Ronnie has dedicated her rich voice and background of Jewish values to the lifelong pursuit of social justice. All workshops: JCC East Bay 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, 7:30 pm Presented in association with KlezCalifornia WEST COAST PREMIERE: DIWAN SAZ Grammy Award-winning jazz bassoonist and composer Paul Hanson explores his Jewish roots in this world premiere, one of the first large-scale Jewish pieces ever written for bassoon. Includes Moses Sedler, cello; Jeff Denson, bass; Mads Tolling, violin; Alan Hall, percussion and drums; and John Schott, guitar. Hanson, a Berkeley native, formerly played with the Klezmorim as well as Davka. His four-year stint in Japan with Cirque du Soleil inspired this new work. Co-presented by the Contemporary Jewish Museum. In association with Lehrhaus Judaica and the Jewish Community Library. 30 SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 8:30 pm FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 2501 HARRISON STREET, OAKLAND $28 GENERAL | $24 SENIOR, STUDENT, JCCEB MEMBER Direct from Israel, Diwan Saz is a Jewish-Muslim-Christian ensemble performing a rich variety of music from throughout the Middle East. Featuring virtuosic performances of piyutim, or Jewish liturgical poems, Turkish folk songs, Rumi-inspired compositions and Bedouin folksongs by a 14-year old prodigious singer. Special Guest: Israeli ‘oud player, violinist and composer Yair Dalal, who weaves Iraqi and Jewish Arabic music with influences ranging from the Balkans to India. JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVAL FINALE and DANCE PARTY with the INSTANT KLEZMER MANDOLIN ORCHESTRA, INSTANT CHORUS of LEONARD COHEN’S HALLELUJAH, and VERETSKI PASS SUNDAY, MARCH 22 JCC EAST BAY, 1414 WALNUT STREET, BERKELEY, 1-6:00 pm $15 GENERAL | $12 SENIOR, STUDENT, JCCEB MEMBER Your time to sing, dance and be inspired to make your own music. For the pop-up community chorus, voice parts are available on the Festival website. The chorus will be led by Conspiracy of Beards artistic director Daryl Henline. Final dance party with Jewish dance expert, Steven Weintraub, and music by the internationally renowned ensemble Veretski Pass. Acknowledgements A heartfelt thanks to all of our supporters, including: Anonymous, Berkeley Civic Arts Commission, Rita and Irwin Blitt, Susan Coliver, East Bay Community Foundation – Fund for Artists, Gaia Fund, Randy Goldstein, The Guzik Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, Victor and Lorraine Honig Fund of the Common Counsel Foundation, Fred Isaac, Shirley Issel, Koret Foundation, Kurz Family Foundation, Milton and Sophie Meyer Fund, Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Tony Phillips, Maxim Schrogin, Seeley Family Foundation, Claire Sherman and Ed Anisman, Ilene Weinreb, Vincent Worms, Avner Yonai and Zellerbach Family Foundation.
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