An advertisement for readers who enjoy excellent events found in San Francisco’s Bay Area, a short article called an “advance” to tell about another place of interest to visit for both the community of the Church going, religious, and of course the Jewish Community, for whom this event is close to their special religious and cultural interest. This music Festival of enjoyment is coming soon: Starts March 2 and is not just for the Jewish Community: Jewish Music Festival 2013.
Come visit this particular webpage to hear a lovely work of a leading Soprano, who will be one of the talented collection of excellent musicians to provide musical and emotionally satisfying musical work, for the early March Jewish Music Festival. The work in question, a sample of what is to be heard as extract: No. 1. Im Grase (In the Meadow) http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/No+1+Im+Grase+In+The+Meadow/4xrKGz?src=5
Grooveshark offers this recording of a modern work sung by “American soprano Lisa Delan who has won acclaim as an outstanding interpreter of a vast repertoire and is recognized for her versatility and breadth of accomplishment in opera, song, and recording. Her website proclaims her many accomplishments and speaks in detail of her co-workers, too. She will perform at the Jewish Music Festival of the Eastbay. The website is found here. This from her profile page:
“She has performed on some of the world’s leading concert stages including Lincoln Center, the Auditiorio Nacional in Madrid, the Moscow Conservatory, and in a special appearance at Windsor Castle. Her festival appearances include the Bad Kissingen Festival in Germany, the Colmar Festival in France, the Rachmaninoff Festival in Novgorod, Russia, the Festival del Sole in Napa Valley, California, the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy, and the Domaine Forget Festival in Canada in collaboration with cellist Matt Haimovitz. In July 2012, Ms. Delan returned to the Festival del Sole in performances with flutist Maxim Rubstov and pianist Kristin Pankonin.”
Tickets are still available for the event, which starts March 2 and goes through the 12th. Opening night features the significant look at Jewish Polish Music, which as the Jewish Music Festival, Director, Ellie Shapiro points out: Poland has an historic significance, in specific to the Jewish Community at large. In recent past years, during the long Communist era, Polish Jewish culture was not available. She says that a majority of American Jews are in some way rooted in Europe’s Poland. Come hear this historical and musical look at contemporary Jewish music culture—of interest to all music lovers as well.
The Future of Jewish Music in Poland with Polesye: Jewish Folksongs from the Shtetl featuring Olga Mieleszczuk, Ittai Binnun, Cookie Segelstein & Josh Horowitz & Shofar Multimedia introduction by Ruth Ellen Gruber. See this performance at Berkeley Repertory Theatre Thrust Stage, 2025 Addison Street, Berkeley. Tickets: $26 General, $24 Seniors, Students, and JCCEB Members Discounts for advance purchases available online or over the phone. Brown Paper Tickets phone support is available 24/7: 1-800-838-3006 .
This is a musical event for Northern California, and the Jewish Community, along with the wider community of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area have to thank the sponsors, especially of this Festival, now in its 28th year.
Sponsors of this event include: The Anisman / Sherman Family, Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund (JCEF-SF), Gaia Fund, Guzik Foundation, Israel Center of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Koret Foundation, Polish Cultural Institute New York, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture, Dr. Marvin and Ilene Weinreb Philanthropic Fund (Jewish Community Foundation of the Greater East Bay).
Listen to this wonderful musical statement of memory and Jewish culture: https://soundcloud.com/jewish-music-festival/olga-mieleszczuk-polesye-akh
Words from “The extract of this Yiddish-Ukrainian song “Proshchai Odessa,” sung by Pesakh Burstein, was sung by Mariam Nirenberg in her original compilation of Odessa songs. Olga Mieleszczuk combined it with a Ukrayinish Kek-Vok (Ukrainian Cakewalk) collected by Yale Strom from a klezmer musician in Pińsk, Belarus.” The lovely and exciting song, sung with such verve and Jewish energy as sung by Olga Mieleszczuk, is surely a pleasure for all. Regardless of one’s religious or ethnic inclination and background, this Festival will have something for music lovers. The Director of the Festival told this Religion Writer music lovers will find this so, for a rich variety of music is offered. This even includes folk songs, and Theodore Bikel is among those who will perform. He is always worth the time to hear, and this is a chance for music appreciators and the Jewish Community to see him perform.
Oh Odessa, goodbye Odessa
I will miss you so much
I will never forget you Farewell my friends
Let’s shout together Odessa mama, I love you so much!
March 7th: Theodore Bikel, Merima Ključo & Shura Lipovsky; come see them. This Religion Writer has always been partial to the work of the folk singer. Again, he like other Folk performers and other musical works in this “advertisement” to visit and attend the Festival, is full of wonderful verve, what is sometimes called “good energy.” Listeners of his and the singing of his friends, will leave each work feeling good. Though this is not a review, but an acknowledgement of his quality and character of performance, readers will have to agree with this publicity note by the Jewish Community Music Festival public relations people: “Theodore Bikel made his concert debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1956. Every year since then, he has performed in concerts throughout the U.S.A., Canada, and Europe; including appearances with more than a dozen symphony orchestras. Mr. Bikel has recorded more than twenty record albums and was a co-founder of the Newport Folk Festival. His book Folksongs and Footnotes, published by Meridian Books (World Publishing) in 1961, had three reprint editions. He is also internationally acclaimed and award-winning film and theater actor who has performed as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof more than two thousand times.”
The online brochure for the Festival is found here: http://www.calameo.com/read/00203609658b2197aaa6f