Gift of Music Gala Benefit Concert

The Gala celebrates the school’s remarkable achievements, while raising critical scholarship funds for children in our community who wish to study music, but whose families lack the financial resources. Join us as we celebrate 34 years of magnificent music education at the Thurnauer School of Music. This year's concert will feature mezzo-soprano Naomi Louisa O'Connell, winner of the Concert Artists Guild Competition, honors Tracey Blumberg and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the Music Discovery Partnership with the Englewood Public School District and the centennial of legendary composer, conductor, educator and humanitarian, Leonard Bernstein. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Nina Bachrach at 201-408-1406. 



Sponsored by Drs. Joan and Alan Handler.


Sun, Feb 11
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
$50.00 Member
$50.00 Public
Ticket prices to be announced
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Shirah Winter Concert: Music of Chanukah and Much More!

Enjoy highlights from the Jewish choral tradition with music in Hebrew, English and more. Led by Marsha Bryan Edelman, conductor.  Reception to follow, generously underwritten by the Weinflash Family.


Supported by founders Bernie z"l and Ruth z"l Weinflash and their SHIRAH Fund in Tribute to Matthew Lazar, the Ethel and Irving Plutzer Fund for the SHIRAH Choir, and the Rhoda Toonkel Fund for the SHIRAH Choir.


Sun, Dec 3
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Violin Master Class with Sharon Roffman

Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring violinist Sharon Roffman working with students from the Thurnauer School of Music.


About Sharon Roffman

Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator. She has performed all over the world as a guest concertmaster of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC Philharmonic, Orchestre d’Auvergne, and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, principal 2nd of Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, and as a guest member with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Mahler Chamber Orchestra. In 2016, Ms. Roffman was appointed “Violon Solo” of Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse. Ms. Roffman was a member of Orchestre National de France from 2009-2011. As a chamber musician, Ms. Roffman has collaborated with members of the Guarneri quartet, Juilliard Quartet, Brentano Quartet, Shanghai Quartet, Avalon Quartet, and Miami Quartet among others, was a member of the critically acclaimed contemporary music ensemble counter)induction from 2007-2009, and spent several summers performing at the Marlboro Music Festival.  Passionate about combining performance and education, Ms. Roffman is the founder and artistic director of ClassNotes, a chamber music ensemble and non-profit organization dedicated to introducing public school students to classical music through interdisciplinary school residencies and performances. In 2015, Ms. Roffman premiered a new concerto by Bruce Adolphe (I Will Not Remain Silent) with the IRIS Orchestra and Michael Stern conducting, and created The Prinz Project – an online interdisciplinary curriculum and outreach initiative to accompany the concerto. Ms. Roffman was also recently appointed Principal Curriculum Developer for the Australian Chamber Orchestra, created an online elementary school curriculum about the relationship between music and art for ACO, and regularly teaches in elementary schools across Australia both live and via video conferencing. Ms. Roffman is a graduate of the Juilliard School and the Cleveland Institute of Music; her former teachers include Itzhak Perlman, Donald Weilerstein, Peter Winograd, Robert Lipsett, Patinka Kopec and Nicole DiCecco.

 

To learn more about Sharon Roffman, click here.


Attendance to the class is open to all.


Sun, Dec 3
4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Thurnauer Chamber Music Series: LOVE!

The Thurnauer Chamber Music Series opens its 25th season with a concert dedicated to LOVE!  Leonard Bernstein wrote his Serenade for violin based on Plato’s Symposium, the first existing philosophical exploration of Love. Journey with us from Ancient Greek philosophies to Elvis to experience how different writers and composers across time and geography have uniquely expressed the magnitude of Love.


PROGRAM


Clara Schumann:3 Romances for Violin and piano
Baude Cordier: Belle Bonne Sage
Liszt: Liebestrom
Purcell: If Music be the Food of Love
Kreisler: Liebesfreud
Prokofiev: Masks
Wagner/Waxman: Tristan Liebestod
Elvis: Can’t Help Falling in Love with You
Bernstein: Serenade


Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator. 

 

Pianist Jon Klibonoff has appeared as orchestra soloist, solo recitalist, and chamber musician throughout the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Klibonoff has performed as guest artist with numerous chamber groups, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Shanghai, Miami, and Lark String Quartets and has collaborated with many instrumentalists, including flutist Carol Wincenc, clarinetist David Shifrin, and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. For many years, Jon Klibonoff was the pianist in the Carnegie Chamber Players (the former name of the Thurnauer Chamber Music Series), ensemble-in-residence at the Thurnauer School of Music.


Series made possible by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund.


Currently enrolled music school students are entitled to a complimentary ticket. Please call or stop by the music office to receive a ticket.

Sat, Dec 9
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recitals

Be inspired by Thurnauer students performing as soloists and with piano. Recitals at 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 12:00 pm. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Sun, Dec 10
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Film: "Talent Has Hunger" featuring Cellist Paul Katz

Talent Has Hunger is an inspiring film about the power of music to consume, enhance, and propel lives. Filmed over 7 years, the film is a window into the mysterious world of the artist, the passion that can grip and sustain a young player from childhood through the last days of life and the years of sacrifice and dedication a budding artist needs to fulfill one’s talent. The film focuses on the challenges of guiding gifted young people through the struggles of mastering the cello. Through the words and actions of master cello teacher, Paul Katz, it’s clear that this deep study of music not only prepares wonderful musicians, but builds self-esteem and a cultural and aesthetic character that will be profoundly important throughout his students’ lives.  To read more about the film and watch the trailer, click here.


Following the film, Mr. Katz will answer questions from the audience.


This film and discussion are part of a three-day residency, The Art of Teaching and Performing, featuring Mr. Katz that also includes a cello master class on Monday, Dec 11 at 4pm and a round-table discussion with Mr. Katz and Thurnauer cello faculty members on Tuesday, Dec 12 at 10am. 




To learn more about Mr. Katz, click here.


Sun, Dec 10
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$8.00 Member
$10.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Cello Master Class with Paul Katz

Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring legendary cellist and pedagogue, Paul Katz.


Based on live auditions held on November 12, students selected to participate in the Master Class are Mia Kim Bernard, Lukas Kebuladze, Andrea Kim, Jordan Lee, Ian Maloney, Annamaria Witek, and Emily Xu.  These students will perform works by Bach, Niccolo Paganini, Gabriel Faure, Edward Elgar, Samuel Barber and others. Students selected as Honorable Mention were Noel Cho, Aurelia Faidley-Solars, Teddy Staphos, and Rebecca Benson. 


About Paul Katz


As cellist for 26 years of the legendary Cleveland Quartet, Paul Katz made more than 70 recordings, receiving many distinctions including Best of the Year Awards from Time Magazine and Stereo Review, 11 Grammy nominations, and 2 Grammy Awards. Recordings of special interest to cellists are his Dohnanyi Cello Sonata and the Cleveland Quartet’s Schubert Quintet for two cellos with Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Katz and the CQ performed at the White House, on “CBS Sunday Morning,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and “The Grammy Awards” (in 1973, the first classical musicians ever to appear).  “In The Mainstream: The Cleveland Quartet,” was a one hour documentary televised across the U.S. and Canada, available today on YouTube.



2016 saw the release of “Talent Has Hunger,” a film about Paul Katz and his students directed by Academy Award nominated Josh Aronson, now showing in theaters and available on Amazon and iTunes.



Since 2001 Mr. Katz has taught cello at the New England Conservatory and directs NEC’s Professional String Quartet Training Program.  His cello students have achieved international careers with solo recordings on Decca, EMI, Channel Classics and Sony Classical; are cellists of some of the most illustrious recent string quartets  (Ariel, Cavani, Jupiter, Lafayette, Omer, Pacifica, Parker, Verona and Ying); are principal chairs in the orchestras of Detroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Oslo, Osaka, and are members of many American symphony orchestras such as Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, National Symphony, Pittsburgh, Rochester and St. Louis.



In conjunction with WGBH in Boston and NEC, Paul Katz created cellobello.com, an international cello website featuring video lessons in English with subtitles in Arabic, Chinese, French, Korean and Spanish. CelloBello streams masterclasses, offers regular blogs by illustrious cellists and teachers, has current Jobs and Competition postings, a listing of 21st Century compositions, and weekly call-in video CelloChats on artistic and technical questions.



To learn more about Mr. Katz, click here.



Attendance to the class is open to all. Auditions for participation will be held November 12.  Nominations are due Oct 27.  For details regarding student requirements and to nominate a student, click here.


Part of the Sylvia and Jacob Handler Master Class series. This master class is part of Mr. Katz's three-day residency, The Art of Teaching and Performing,that also includes the film, "Talent Has Hunger" and discussion on Dec 10 at 7pm and a round-table discussion with Mr. Katz and Thurnauer cello faculty members on Tuesday, Dec 12 at 10am. 

Mon, Dec 11
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Round-Table Discussion with Paul Katz and Thurnauer Cello Faculty

Gain insight into the art of teaching as legendary cellist and pedagogue, Paul Katz, discusses issues of teaching with Thurnauer's cello faculty members, Madeleine Golz, Karen Poleshuck, Sarah Bish, and Tara Hanish.


About Paul Katz

As cellist for 26 years of the legendary Cleveland Quartet, Paul Katz made more than 70 recordings, receiving many distinctions including Best of the Year Awards from Time Magazine and Stereo Review, 11 Grammy nominations, and 2 Grammy Awards. Recordings of special interest to cellists are his Dohnanyi Cello Sonata and the Cleveland Quartet’s Schubert Quintet for two cellos with Yo-Yo Ma. Mr. Katz and the CQ performed at the White House, on “CBS Sunday Morning,” NBC’s “Today Show,” and “The Grammy Awards” (in 1973, the first classical musicians ever to appear).  2016 saw the release of “Talent Has Hunger,” a film about Paul Katz and his students directed by Academy Award nominated Josh Aronson. Since 2001 Mr. Katz has taught cello at the New England Conservatory and directs NEC’s Professional String Quartet Training Program.  His cello students have achieved international careers with solo recordings on Decca, EMI, Channel Classics and Sony Classical; are cellists of some of the most illustrious recent string quartets  (Ariel, Cavani, Jupiter, Lafayette, Omer, Pacifica, Parker, Verona and Ying); are principal chairs in the orchestras of Detroit, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Oslo, Osaka, and are members of many American symphony orchestras such as Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, National Symphony, Pittsburgh, Rochester and St. Louis.To learn more about Mr. Katz, click here.


Attendance to the round-table discussion is open to all.


This discussion is part three of Mr. Katz's three-day residency, The Art of Teaching and Performing,that also includes the film, "Talent Has Hunger" and discussion on Sunday, December 10 at 7pm and a Handler Master Class on Monday, December 11 at 4pm.

Tue, Dec 12
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Admission Free.
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Student Recitals

Be inspired by Thurnauer students performing as soloists and with piano. Recitals at 9:30 am, 10:45 am and 12:00 pm. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Sun, Dec 17
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Steven Masi's 65th Birthday Celebration Concert

Join Thurnauer faculty pianist, Steven Masi, in a special concert celebrating his 65th birthday. Mr. Masi will perform two great piano concertos, Mozart’s Concerto No. 19 in F Major, K. 459 and Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major, Op. 58. He will be joined by an all-star orchestra of friends, including Thurnauer colleagues and alumni and members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and Orpheus, conducted by Diego Garcia. Reception to follow.


About Steven Masi

Acclaimed as an artist of unusual sensitivity and virtuosity, pianist Steven Masi has concertized extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia.  In 2017, Masi released his recording of the complete piano sonatas of Beethoven, on the Albany label.  Writing in Fanfare Magazine, Colin Clarke wrote, "Masi hardly seems to feel technical hurdles. It is as if everything is in the service of Beethoven."  As a recitalist and chamber musician he has appeared at the Casals Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Chattauqua Festival, Park City International Festival, Central Vermont Chamber Music Festival, and Music Festival of the Hamptons. He has been guest soloist with The Atlanta Symphony, American Symphony, and New Symphony Orchestra of London. In Germany he was an artist member of the Bonn Chamber Music Society and recorded extensively for the Southwest German Radio and Aulos Records. He has toured the United States with the Bonn Woodwind Quintet, and as a member of the Odyssey Chamber Players and Leonore Trio.  A graduate of the Juilliard School, Mr. Masi lives in Leonia, New Jersey with his wife, clarinetist Diana Petrella and son Aidan. Read more at www.StevenMasi.com.


Sun, Jan 7
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer Winter Concert

Enjoy an evening of choral music featuring the combined choruses of the award-winning Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer, led by conductor and artistic director, Emma Brondolo.  The Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer is an affiliate of the world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Repertoire ranges from classical and contemporary to jazz and pop.

Wed, Jan 24
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Faculty “Musical Montage”

An annual celebratory concert showcasing Thurnauer's distinguished teacher-performers in duos and ensembles. Artists to be announced.

Sun, Feb 25
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Dr. Paul and Aranka Kaplan Honors Recital

This special annual concert features of our most advanced and accomplished students and is named in memory of Dr. Paul and Aranka Kaplan, parents of Thurnauer's founding director, Dorothy Kaplan Roffman.


Sun, Mar 11
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Flute Master Class with Demarre McGill

Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring Demarre McGill, principal flutist of the Seattle Symphony and former principal flutist of the Dallas Symphony. Attendance to the class is open to all. To nominate a student, click here. This is the Inaugural Neus Family Flute Master Class. 


About Demarre McGill


Winner of the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant, flutist Demarre McGill is acclaimed for his “richly saturated tone, spirited technique and expressive warmth” and has quickly become one of the most sought-after flutists of his generation. He enjoys an active career as a leading soloist, recitalist, artistic director and chamber musician.McGill has appeared as soloist with the Chicago Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and Buffalo Philharmonic, among others. An active chamber musician, McGill appears regularly throughout the United States and abroad. He is a founding member of The Myriad Trio and has participated in many national and international chamber music festivals, including the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, Marlboro Music, La Jolla Music Festival, and Music from Angel Fire, to name a few. International festivals include the Stellenbosch Chamber Music Festival in South Africa, St. Bart’s Music Festival in the Caribbean, and the Jeju International Wind Ensemble Festival in South Korea. He has been a member of the Ritz Chamber Players and Chamber Music Society Two, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s program for emerging young artists. In addition to his performance schedule, McGill is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Art of Élan, a chamber music organization in San Diego that aims to expose new audiences to classical music. To read more about Mr. McGill, click here.


Wed, Mar 14
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Guitar Master Class with Colin Davin

Gain insight into the music and the artistic process in this intimate, public coaching featuring Colin Davin, faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music and winner of the Guitar Foundation of America International Competition. Attendance to the class is open to all. Part of the Beverly and Lewis Lauring Guitar Master Class series. To nominate a student, click here.


About Colin Davin

Hailed as “the real thing, a player with a virtuoso’s technique, a deeply expressive musicianship, and a probing imagination” (American Record Guide) and for his “precision, musical intelligence and passion” (Cleveland Classical), guitarist Colin Davin has emerged as one of today’s most dynamic young artists.  Davin appeared as a featured musical guest on the Late Show with David Letterman alongside soprano Jessye Norman. He has performed at venues across the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art (on historic instruments from the museum's collection), New York Philharmonic Ensembles, the ELLNORA Festival at the University of Illinois, the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, the Paris Conservatoire, and venues throughout the United States. His collaborators include GRAMMY Award winning sopranos Estelí Gomez and Dawn Upshaw, Dallas Symphony principal harpist Emily Levin, conductor and pianist Philippe Entremont, and Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw. From 2012-2015, he taught and performed at the Aspen Music Festival as the teaching assistant to Sharon Isbin, and has four times been invited as a guest teacher at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul, Afghanistan.

To read more about Mr. Davin, click here


Mon, Apr 16
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Thurnauer Chamber Music Series: Happy Birthday, Leonard Bernstein!

Leonard Bernstein was born on August 25, 1918.  To celebrate what would have been his 100th birthday, we present this all Bernstein program of chamber music including a piano trio written in 1937 while he was a student at Harvard University, Meditation from Mass written at the request of Jackie Kennedy for the inauguration of the Kennedy Center, several songs including one written for children called “I Hate Music” and, of course, an arrangement for violin and piano of the iconic music from West Side Story. 


Courtenay Budd, soprano

Sharon Roffman, violin
Clancy Newman, cello
Thomas Sauer, piano


Soprano Courtenay Budd, a first prize winner of the Young Concert Artists auditions and a Metropolitan Opera National Finalist, has performed throughout the United States in operas, with orchestras, as a recitalist and as a chamber musician in repertoire ranging from Bach and Handel to contemporary music such as works by composer David Del Tredici. The New York Times praised her "gleaming sound" and "impressive stamina."


Violinist Sharon Roffman, prizewinner in the 2003 Naumburg Foundation International Competition, made her solo debut with the New Jersey Symphony in 1996. Since then, Ms. Roffman has forged a unique career distinguished by her versatility; she is equally sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader and music educator.  Pianist TBA.

Cellist Clancy Newman, first prize winner of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition and recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. He is both, a performer and a composer.


Pianist Thomas Sauer is a member of the Mannes Piano Trio and a frequent collaborator with instrumentalists such as Midori, Misha Amory, the Brentano Quartet and Colin Carr.


Series made possibly by a generous contribution from Eva Holzer and the Konikow Chamber Music Fund.


Currently enrolled music school students are entitled to a complimentary ticket. Please call or stop by the music office to receive a ticket.

Sun, Apr 22
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer Spring Concert

Enjoy an evening of choral music featuring the combined choruses of the award-winning Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer, led by conductor and artistic director, Emma Brondolo.  The Young People's Chorus @ Thurnauer is an affiliate of the world-renowned Young People’s Chorus of New York City. Repertoire ranges from classical and contemporary to jazz and pop. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Tue, Jun 5
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Free Member
Free Public
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Spring Orchestra Concert

Enjoy an evening of music for orchestra performed by Thurnauer's two student orchestras: the Thurnauer String Camerata, led by Matthew Lucero, and the Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra, led by Diego Garcia. Featuring soloist Alexander Klapowitz, winner of the 2017 Thurnauer Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition, performing the first movement of Beethoven's First Piano Concerto. Admission Free. Reception to follow.

Wed, Jun 6
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Admission Free.
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

19th Annual Sandra O. Gold Founder’s Day Concert

An annual sold-out, celebratory event featuring our incomparable student ensembles and honoring Dr. Sandra O. Gold, who had the vision to create a community music school at the JCC. The concert also includes recognition of the school’s volunteers and graduating seniors.

Supported by the Sandra O. Gold Founder's Fund, established by Russ and Angelica Berrie.


Thu, Jun 14
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Free Member
Free Public
Suggested Contribution: $10
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.

Shirah Spring Concert: Annual Bernie and Ruth Weinflash z"l Memorial Concert

Join us for a delightful evening of song celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

Founded in 1995, Shirah performs secular and sacred songs from across the spectrum of the Jewish musical tradition. Shirah performs regularly at the JCC, has been featured in many concerts in the US and Israel, including Avery Fisher Hall, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Bergen Performing Arts Center, and annually at the North American Jewish Choral Festival. Marsha Bryan Edelman, conductor. Matthew Lazar , founding director. Glenn Gordon, pianist.


Supported by founders Bernie and Ruth Weinflash z"l and their SHIRAH Fund in Tribute to Matthew Lazar, the Ethel and Irving Plutzer Fund for the SHIRAH Choir, and the Rhoda Toonkel Fund for the SHIRAH Choir.


Sun, Jun 17
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
$16.00 Member
$20.00 Public
$10 for Children 12 and under. Sponsor level tickets available.
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For more information, or to register, please call 201-408-1465.



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