Saturday, October 02, 2010

I'll be singing with the Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus at this event. Don't forget to say hello! 

Join us on Tues., Oct. 12,  for
The All-Star New York Yiddish Sing-along

Here is a letter from the event's organizer, Moishe Rosenfeld...

Dear Friends,

I'm delighted to announce that  the  next All Star New York Yiddish Sing-along  will take place on Tuesday, October 12, at 7:30pm at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 West 83rd Street.

This will be the third  such event in recent years led by the  inimitable  artistic director of the National Yiddish Theater - Folksbiene Zalmen Mlotek.  The large audiences that attended the  earlier two Yiddish Sing-alongs found themselves in the warm embrace of a heymish community sharing songs that evoked memories of a vibrant Yiddish speaking world, and connections to its glorious culture. The high percentage of younger participants was yet another sign that Yiddish is very much alive and will be  part of  the New York experience for generations to come.

This year's line-up of singers includes some of our most popular  performers of Jewish music - artists who travel  the world, and perform in a wide range of musical genres:  Cantor Bob Abelson, Phyllis Berk,  Joanne Borts, Adrienne Cooper, Magda Fishman, Cantor Rebecca Garfein, Annette Ezekiel Kogan, Avram Mlotek,  Avram Pengas, Daniella Rabbani,   Basya Schechter, Di Shekhter Tekhter, Cantor Dan Singer, Zalmen Mlotek's Yiddish Singers, The Folksbiene Troupe, The Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus/yidisher filharmonisher folks khor, under the musical direction of Binyumen Schaechter - and some special  surprise performers.

There will be a Klezmer band accompanying  the concert - with some of our finest  musicians, including Margot Leverett, Marty Confurius, Matt Temking and others.

Every song will be available in transliteration   so that  every audience member will be  able to fully  participate and fill the glorious sanctuary of Congregation Rodeph Sholem with the sounds of Mame-loshn.  Our emcee will be that debonair Yiddishist from Avantura - Corey Breier.

The concert is presented by Golden Land Concerts & Connections, with support from the National Yiddish Theater - Folksbiene, The Workmen's Circle/ Arbeter-Ring, League for Yiddish/Afn Shvel, Yugntruf, Congregation Rodeph Sholom,  Congress for Jewish Culture, Yiddish Artists & Friends/ Actors Club/Yiddish Theatrical Alliance.

General admission tickets are $20 if purchased in advance, and $22 on the day of the concert. VIP reserved seating, with a post concert wine reception sponsored by City Winery, will be $50 if purchased in advance, and $60 on the day of the concert. Group rates - 15 or more tickets - 20% discount if purchased in advance.

For more information visit, call 212-683-7816 or write to There is a Facebook event called  "Golden Land's Third Annual All Star New York Yiddish Sing-along. Please join us and help spread the word.

Wishing everyone a gut, gebentsht yor.

Moishe Rosenfeld, President
Golden Land Concerts & Connections, Inc.
118 East 28th Street - Room 304
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212-683-7816
Fax: 212-213-2033

Top photo: Joanne Borts 
Bottom photo: Jewish People's Philharmonic Chorus 

Co-sponsored by Kraar Associates
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2010 Brooklyn and Boston Djangology Festival

October 15 - through 17

Mark your calendars and JOIN US for a festival that will celebrate 100 years since the birth of Django Reinhardt, the world's most influential and innovative guitarist of the 20th century. Django was a Belgian-born Gypsy who married the influences of Gypsy music with the jazz standards that were popular in his heyday. He did this despite a crippling burn injury to his fretting hand that left him with two disabled fingers. He has left a legacy of music and followers that has continued to bring joy to the world. He has inspired international gatherings that are affectionately known as Djangofests. At these events some of the world's finest guitarists mingle with guitar-aficionado festival attendees for friendly marathon jam sessions -- boeufs -- that can go all night long.

The New York and Boston events are being organized by Ben Wood, the Jalopy Theatre, Jack Soref and the Atwoods Tavern. The official festival poster has been designed by artist Tom Seltzer.

The festival will feature the one and only Gypsy jazz guitarist, singer and bandleader Titi Bamberger from Germany. Beloved and respected by musicians and fans, Titi is an icon of the European Gypsy jazz scene. In addition to making his rare North American appearance in this festival, Titi will also be available for master classes and private lessons. Those interested should contact as soon as possible to reserve a time.

Of course, each event will be followed by a good, old-fashioned boeuf. So bring your guitar and get ready to jam.

Here is some more info about Titi including a few links:

IMPORTANT NOTE -- In the midst of the mirth-making, we feel obligated to shed light on the plight of the Roma community in Europe today. We will have updates available at our shows, including information on how you can take a leadership role in activism. YOU can help by spreading awareness and communicating our outrage at the treatment of the Roma to our elected officials.

For tickets and information, contact the venues at the phone numbers below, or email me at See you there. Be in touch with your questions and comments! Here's the details:

The Jalopy Theatre
315 Columbia Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11231
Purchase tickets by calling (718) 395-3214

Friday, October 15
8 pm Hot Club of Hell’s Kitchen
8:50 pm Hot Club Thing
9:40 pm Luke Hendon Trio
10:30 pm Stephane Wrembel
11:20 pm Special guest Titi Bamberger sponsored by Kraar Associates
12:10 am Blue Plate Special

Saturday, October 16
8 pm Jack Soref
8:50 pm Hot Club of D.C.
9:40 pm Franglais
10:30 pm Special guest Titi Bamberger sponsored by Kraar Associates
11:20 pm Jason Anick
12:10 am The Chicken Thieves

Boston Djangology Festival
Atwoods Tavern
877 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, Ma, 02141
Purchase tickets by calling (617) 864-2792
Sunday, October 17
4 pm Jack Soref
4:50 pm Jason Anick
5:40 pm Franglais
6.30 pm Special guest Titi Bamberger sponsored by Kraar Associates
7:25 pm Hot Club Thing
8:15 pm The Chicken Thieves

Photo credits: 
Both colour photos taken at the Djangofest in Samois sur Seine, June, 2010. Top picture by Hinrich Wulff - Lynda Kraar (guitar), Judy Rankin (guitar) and the internationally acclaimed guitar virtuoso Fapy Lafertin. Bottom picture by Belinda Ebeling Koning - Edward Jay (accordion - and now appearing on Broadway), Lynda Kraar (guitar), Titi Bamberger (looking on). B/W photo of Titi Bamberger by Hinrich Wulff.