ZEMER: A Jewish Music Festival*

February 22-27, 2022 Congregation B’nai B’rith, 1000 San Antonio Creek Rd

All events are IN-PERSON INDOORS at CBB (and via Zoom) unless otherwise noted.
Proof of vaccines (ages 5+) and masks required for all in-person events.

Co-sponsored and curated by

Mashey Bernstein Ph.D.

Cantor Mark Childs

Join us for a week of Jewish music
from Yiddish songs to classical music…LIVE and in Person (indoors)!

With musical world premieres, guest  artists, solo and ensembles, choirs, services, talks
and movies. A rare opportunity to delve into this wonderfully diverse world.

All events free 

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Tuesday, Feb 22 at 7 PM

Yiddish Songs of Resilience

Join Lorin Sklamberg (Klezmatics), singer Sasha Lurje, and violinist Craig Judelman in a concert of Yiddish song.
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Wednesday, Feb 23 at 7 PM

Film via Zoom only:
Overture to Glory

A milestone of Yiddish cinema. Tragically torn between the world of opera and of the synagogue, a young cantor finally finds redemption. It stars Moshe Oysher the most famous cantor/actor in the Yiddish world. Bring five hankies!!

This event is virtual only. Introduced by Mashey Bernstein and Cantor Mark Childs with Q&A following.

Thursday, Feb 24 at 7 PM

Cellist Simone Vitucci and pianist Adam McDonald, plus short film

A recital of Jewish music played on an original instrument made by cello maker Brian Lisus of Ojai, CA. An award- winning short film on the making of the cello, A Tree of Life will be screened.

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Friday, Feb 25th at 6 PM

A Choral Erev Shabbat Service

Cantor Mark Childs and the Shir Chadash Choir will lead an indoor service featuring brand new musical commissions from CBB, along with some great liturgical choral works. Tunefully sponsored by Mandy and Daniel Hochman.

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Saturday, Feb 26, 7 PM

Solo Piano Recital with Adam Kent

Havdalah led by JTS cantorial student David Childs

Havdalah service followed by a solo piano concert with award winning guest artist, Adam Kent and a concert of music by Mendelssohn, Milhaud,  Bloch, Gershwin and Copland, and featuring Improvisations on Hassidic Melodies by Paul Schoenfield.

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Sunday, Feb 27, 9:30 AM

Lecture w Light Breakfast BEFOREHAND
Dr. Mark Kligman: Changing Trends in Jewish Music

Join us for a light breakfast to be followed by a lecture presentation on the diversity and trends in Jewish music by UCLA Professor of Ethnomusicology Dr. Mark Kligman, Director of Lowell Milken Center for Music of American Jewish Experience.

Sunday, Feb 27, 7 PM

Dominic Cheli, piano, Rebecca Reale, violin, Pat Posey, saxophone

A unique concert featuring this trio of musicians with music by Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, Holocaust victim Erwin Schuloff and a world premiere of a recently discovered piece by German Jewish composer Edvard Moritz.

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Proof of vaccination and masks are
required for all in-person attendance.

All events subjects to change depending on current Covid restrictions.