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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 and Monday, December 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM: EDUCATION OUTREACH CONCERTS

Due to overwhelming interest, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony added a second concert date!  

Tuesday, November 28, 11:00AM at Valley Beth Shalom

Monday, December 4, 11:00AM at Adat Ari El

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, Conductor Dr. Noreen Green, soloist Cantor Marcelo Gindlin and over 1,100 excited 4th and 5th graders enjoyed the culminating concerts of a two-month outreach education program. These events are one-hour, interactive concerts that reach across the generations. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3: A NIGHT OF MIRACLES: A COMMUNITY CONCERT, WILSHIRE BOULEVARD TEMPLE

On Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm Wilshire Boulevard Temple presented A NIGHT OF MIRACLES: A Community Concert performed by the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony with readings by actors Phillip Casnoff and Roxanne Hart. The evening also included a performance of the internationally acclaimed Judah and His Maccabees: A Hanukkah Gospel Story which featured composer Karen Hart.

This community concert was a musical mashup of the best Chanukah music ever written in a special performance for audiences of all ages! Followed by a jelly donut reception.

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and the AJU Choir with Noreen Green, Conductor

Read "Holiday Music and Miracles" by Rabbi Susan Nanus:

When I was living in New York City, one of the highlights of the winter holiday season was the free Christmas concerts presented by various churches around the city. These musical offerings were open to the public and usually performed by small orchestras or musical ensembles of the highest caliber. The music was beautiful, the surroundings were uplifting and the entire experience transcended audiences into a place of unity and peace.

Inspired by these concerts, it has been my mission over the last few years to replicate them through a Jewish lens here at Wilshire Boulevard Temple.  In other words, my goal is to present a Chanukah holiday concert in our beautiful sanctuary, open to the public with the intention of creating an uplifting, joyful experience for all.  One year, we presented a 50th Anniversary Concert of Fiddler on the Roof; another year, the UCLA Orchestra and Chorus performed Handel’s Judas Maccabeus.

This year, I am delighted to present A Night of Miracles – A Special Chanukah Concert performed by the celebrated Los Angeles Jewish Symphony under the direction of Artistic Director/Conductor Noreen Green. This evening will include both new and popular Chanukah music, dramatic readings of wondrous true stories of miracles by actors Philip Casnoff and Roxanne Hart, and guest artist, Karen Hart, performing her internationally acclaimed Chanukah creation: Judah and His Maccabees: A Hanukkah Gospel Story.

This award-winning piece was performed at the Los Angeles Music Center last year, and is just one of four world premieres that Karen has been honored to present there. She is considered one of the Top 100 artists by Music Connection Magazine and winner of the Best of Los Angeles Women in Music Award. Her choral pieces are performed all over the world. You won’t want to miss her.

So, on Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 p.m., bring your family and friends to our magnificent Sanctuary to enjoy 75 minutes of pure Chanukah holiday bliss, suitable for all ages, followed by – what else? Jelly donuts for all!

-Rabbi Susan Nanus, Director of Adult Programs

Sunday, October 29: LAJS Chamber Players, Boston Court (Pasadena)

On Sunday, October 29, the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Chamber Players presented Klassics to Klezmer at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center in Pasadena, CA.

From the streets of the shtetl to the concert stage, Klassics to Klezmer showcased the full range of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony’s mission. The sold-out audience was deeply moved by the traditional melodies and the dedication of Yefim Adler's trio, Jewish Dances, to the memory of Daniel Pearl. There was dancing in the aisles to end the concert!

Journeys: From Darkness to Light, Gindi Auditorium, April 30, 2017

On April 30th, 2017, the LAJS presented Journeys: From Darkness to Light. The sold-out Gindi Auditorium responded with two standing ovations!

Every work on the program reflected the theme: movement from the nadir of adversity into a joyful place of freedom and light. The concert date was especially appropriate, falling between Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, and Yom Ha’atzmaut, the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence of Israel.

Featured works were William Hilsley's Seasons, the journey of a prisoner of war from internment to freedom; and the US Première of Anna Drubich's Kaddish, which received its world premiere last November at Vivacello, the prestigious International Cello Festival in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Concert Hall.

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Save a Child’s Heart – Symphony of the Heart, Valley Performing Arts Center, January 29, 2017

The LAJS was thrilled to perform at the stunning Valley Performing Arts Center in collaboration with Symphony of the Heart for their 3rd international concert in support of Save a Child’s Heart. This deserving organization provides urgently needed pediatric heart surgery and follow-up care for all children, regardless of race, religion, sex, color, or financial status. The orchestra accompanied legendary singer/songwriter Melissa Manchester and vivacious Israeli superstar RITA, among many other distinguished guest artists.  Our combined efforts raised over $300,000!!!

Click here to read Beverly Hills Courier article featuring Symphony of the Heart and click here to watch the mentioned video!

For information about Save A Child's Heart click here.

Click here to read inspirational article from the New York Times on the amazing work of Save a Child's Heart.

A Musical Celebration Honoring Donna and Cantor Nathan Lam, Orpheum Theatre, November 13, 2016

The LAJS was pleased to perform at the historic downtown Orpheum Theatre in a gala celebration of Donna and Cantor Nathan Lam's 40th anniversary of service to Stephen Wise Temple and their community.  The orchestra accompanied Dr. Dee and her Sacred Praise Chorale and well-known songwriters Steven Bishop and Artie Butler. The LAJS's own Wendy Prober-Cohen was piano soloist in Charles Fox's thrilling Victory at Entebbe.

Education Outreach Concert, Valley Beth Shalom, December 5, 2016

A Patchwork of Cultures: Exploring the Sephardic-Latino Connection

Over 900 youth from Los Angeles County public schools and private day schools came together at Valley Beth Shalom for a rousing culminating concert to the in-school workshops that introduced them to the symphony orchestra and the music of Sephardic and Latino cultures. Sofia Cohen soloed in Ocho Kandelikas and students from the De Toledo High School Music Department helped staff the Instrument Petting Zoo.

 

Let’s Play LA!, FORD Theatres, August 21, 2016

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) presented a playful evening of captivating orchestral music by Los Angeles Jewish composers from the film and video game industries. Under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Noreen Green, the 60-piece orchestra premiered a viola concerto by video game composer Garry Schyman (Bioshock), featuring violist Matthew Cohen; premiered a concert suite of Disney's Fantasia: Music Evolved by video game composer Inon Zur (Fallout 4); and performed a guitar concerto by film score composer Elmer Bernstein (To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghostbusters), featuring guitarist Max Brenner. The concert opened with a tribute to the legendary band leader and comedian Mickey Katz, arranged by Zinovy Goro, followed by The Palestine Suite by Walter Scharf (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).

We are profoundly grateful to our sponsors:

ASCAP, The Ford Theatres, Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles, The Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, K-Mozart, The Milken Family Foundation, and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission of Los Angeles.

CELEBRATE FREEDOM: THE MEANING OF PASSOVER, GINDI AUDITORIUM, APRIL 10, 2016

The LAJS and the AJU Choir, under the direction of Dr. Noreen Green, joined forces with Dr. Dee and her gospel group, the BYTHAX Singers, and guest soloists, in an exhilarating concert celebrating music from the shared journey toward freedom of Jews and African-Americans. Raymond Goldstein’s The Pesach Cantata and Grammy Award-winning composer Lucas Richman’s gospel cantata In the Day When I Cried Out were performed, along with cantorial selections and Negro spirituals. At concert’s end, the audience rose in its fifth standing ovation of the evening and remained standing to join in singing an encore – the powerful spiritual Go Down, Moses – a perfect expression of the shared triumph of blacks and Jews over slavery.

 

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Annual Year-end Celebration for Donors $250 and above, December 17, 2015

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony held its annual year-end party at the home of board member Wendy Prober-Cohen.  This year’s event marked the LAJS’s 21st year—we’ve come of age!  Those who attended enjoyed an evening of music and wine flights. Thanks to the expertise of Keith Miller of d-cantor enterprises, inc., each wine was selected carefully…
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Education Outreach Concert, Valley Beth Shalom, November 17, 2015

"A Patchwork of Cultures: Exploring the Sephardic-Latino Connection". A record number of students enjoyed the culminating concert to the LAJS’ annual Education Outreach Program, where they sang, clapped and danced along with the music they studied in the classroom, now played by the full orchestra! The choir from De Toledo High School made its debut…
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Daniel Pearl World Music Days, Sinai Temple, October 25, 2015

"A Concert for World Peace” featured a very moving performance of Aminadav Aloni’s “Koholeth” to honor the memory of journalist Daniel Pearl.  LAJS concertmaster Mark Kashper performed selections by Gershwin and Julius Burger, celebrating Daniel's love of the violin and jazz.
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CHAILIGHTS, ford amphitheatre, august 26, 2012

Celebrating 18 years of performing orchestral works of distinction that illuminate the Jewish experience, Chailights appropriately featured orchestra section leaders Mark Kashper, Zinovy Goro and Barry Gold as soloists.
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