From Berlin to Buenos Aires, from the melodies that bring ecstasy, to cool jazz and hot klezmer, the 25th Jewish Music Festival has embraced the entire multifaceted world of Jewish experience and let it sing.
The Festival captured an elderly Ukrainian Yiddish singer’s work on the fly and inspired a new generation of artists. It produced a staged reading of the only 19th-century opera on Jewish themes (La Juive), anda Czech children’s opera (Brundibar) produced by the inmates of the Jewish concentration camp at Terezin. It’s seen world-premiere collaborations, and even a marriage proposal on stage.
Now celebrating its twenty-fifth year, this year’s Jewish Music Festival (March 20-29, 2010 and July, 2010) explores the sacred resonances of world Jewish music at venues mostly in downtown Berkeley in March and downtown San Francisco in July, with West Coast and U.S. premiere performances by Diaspora Redux, Lorin Sklamberg, and Susan McKeown. The celebration continues in July, when the Festival will present several multimedia arts events to mark its quarter century, including the world premiere of a JMF commissioned piece, Dan Plonsey’s Bar Mitzvah. (more…)