May 7, 2016

27th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival, Jul 10-14, 2016

27th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival July 10 - 14, 2016 Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, 400 Granite Road Kerhonkson NY 12446 NACJF Staircase Sing Your One-Stop Jewish Music Networking Opportunity of the Year *Exciting Instant Ensembles* *Thrilling Evening Performances* *Fascinating Workshops* Special Programming for Young Participants 18 - 30 Celebrate Our Hallel V'Zimrah Award Recipient ZALMEN MLOTEK Click Here to Register Now

August 23, 2015

A Besere Velt open rehearsals, Brookline, MA

A Besere Velt--A Better World--is a multi-generational chorus, sponsored by the Boston Workmen's Circle, singing in Yiddish and other languages to preserve culture and fight for social justice. We are looking for new members this fall. Open rehearsals are Saturday, September 12 and Saturday, September 26, from 3:30 to 5:30 at the Boston Workmen's Circle, 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline. No auditions, no knowledge of Yiddish required. Open rehearsals offer an opportunity to participate in a working rehearsal before deciding whether to make a commitment for the year. Membership opens only once a year.

May 5, 2015

26th North American Jewish Choral Fest, Jul 12-16, 2015

Find Your Joy
at the 26th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival

* Inspiring Conductors
* New Workshops and Presenters
* Musical Memorial Tributes to
Gil Aldema z"l and Yehezkel Braun z"l
* Special Track for Young Singers 18-30
* Fascinating Focus on Ladino Music

and the 12th Annual Hallel V'Zimrah Award to

Join our Community July 12 - 16, 2015

If you Love Jewish Music, You've Got to Be There!

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March 27, 2014

25th Annual NA Jewish Choral Festival, NY, Jul 20-24, 2014

Celebrate the Centerpiece of the Jewish Choral Movement
Join us at the 25th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival

July 20 - 24, 2014
Hudson Valley Resort and Spa, NY

Click here to register now

LaM'natzeach Award to Matthew Lazar
For Sparking a Renaissance of Jewish Choral Music

11th Hallel V'Zimrah Award to Marsha Bryan Edelman and Dan Freelander

Celebrating 25 Years of Song! This year's Festival includes A Choral Festival Retrospective Commemorative Journal NAJCF "Then and Now" Photos

More Choral Performances
More Community Singing
Special Young Adult Programming
Exciting New Workshops

May 9, 2013

A first for Europe: Jewish Choirs Fest, Vienna, May 9-12, 2013

Roman Grinberg writes the Jewish-Music list:

European Jewish Choirs Festival
May 9 - 12, 2013

18 Jewish Choirs - over 400 singers from 16 European cities celebrating Jewish Song. Workshops for Yiddish, Yemenite and Chassidic songs led by European Choirmasters:

  • Concerts
  • Musical Kabbalat Shabbat
  • Jam Session
  • Klezmer Dance Party

Gala concert with closing ceremony in the famous Austria Center Vienna on Sunday, May 12, starting 6 PM

Under the patronage of Austria Federal President Heinz Fischer
Main Sponsor: EJP - European Jewish Parliament

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September 24, 2011

Music to accompany a new year

Tonight, of course, is selichot, the midnight prayers held on the Saturday night before the New Year. With that in mind, I have shuffled the mountains of CDs on the review table and come up with six especially wonderful recordings that most seemed perfect for tonight, and of course, for the new year:

cd coverFirst on the list is last year's long-awaited recording from Adrienne Cooper / Enchanted. I would have reviewed this long ago, but that would have implied that I would put it on the shelf and move on to other CDs that I need to review. No way this CD is unshuffling from the iTunes. Read more, and you'll understand why.

cd coverI couldn't stop kvelling about the Veretski Pass project, "The Klezmer Shul" back when I first saw it live over a year ago. Now the CD is out and you can hear why. A fusion of klezmer and jazz and avant garde modern music, the arrival of this CD a couple of weeks has pushed almost everything else out of mind.

cd coverThis one CD summation of three monster concerts from a year ago, "Further Definitions of the Days of Awe" is a perfect summation of both the Afro-Semitic Experience's wonderful fusion of Jewish and Black sacred music, and the art of the Cantor as mostly represented by the irrepressible Jack Mendelson, but also including several other significant names. And what better time for High Holiday nusakh than the High Holidays?

cd coverAll last year we got periodic new sounds from "The Nigun Project" by Jeremiah Lockwood, commissioned by the Forward. What is most striking is how much ground Lockwood covers in re-imagining the Nigun while also making deep music. I love this one.

cd coverI am a year late in my review, but at least I am right in time for the holidays with this return of Steven Greenman's sacred music persona, Stempenyu. This time, he captures "Stempenyu's Neshome". I typeset and laid out the CD, so it can't be all bad—actually, if I were as good a typesetter as Greenman is a violinist, this would be long out of print. Fortunately, you can still get your copy in time for the holidays.

cd coverWhy? Because if there is one thing that will ensure repentence, and get us in the frame to approach the awe of the approaching holidays, it is a reminder of what makes us happy. This loving 2008 re-release of Danny Rubinstein's original 1958 "The Happy People is all that.

November 29, 2009

Sandra Layman in Seattle, WA

This is a very rare public performance by one of the most wonderful klezmer violinists out there. If you're in the area, it's worth stopping by!

Sandra Layman CD, Little BlakckbirdYou're invited!

Sandra Layman will be performing with the Seattle Jewish Chorale and Kesselgarden at a free event on Sunday afternoon, November 29, between 2:00 and 5:00 pm, Barnes and Noble bookstore at University Village, NE Seattle.

It's a "pre-Hanukkah" event, with beautiful choral singing (including a lovely song for women's voices with violin), interludes of rousing klezmer music, and Hanukkah sing-alongs. Drop by, and bring the kids!

It's finally available -- at a special low price for the holiday gift-giving season -- the downloadable (MP3) version of my CD, "Little Blackbird"! Preview and buy it at: Little Blackbird

March 29, 2009

20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival, 12-16 Jul 2009

20th Annual North American Jewish Choral Festival
July 12-16, 2009
Hudson Valley Resort & Spa
Kerhonkson, NY

  • Celebrate the joys of Jewish music with hundreds of singers, and the finest conductors and clinicians from across North America (and beyond)

  • Enjoy daily "community singing" and participate in an "instant choir"

  • Hear outstanding ensembles in nightly evening concerts featuring the best in Jewish choral music

  • Attend daily workshops focusing on a wide array of musical topics with outstanding clinicians

  • Jewish Hallelujah Chorus Festival Tradition - Singing the "Jewish Hallelujah Chorus" (Lewandowski's Psalm 150)

If you love Jewish music you've got to be there!

Click to download: Festival Brochure (PDF)
Hotel Reservation Form (PDF)

Zamir Choral FoundationFor more information, contact (212) 870-3335