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Opening Night Concert

Members of East West Ensemble and
The Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble

Saturday, March 19 8:00 PM

A tour de force of 14 musicians that brings together Jewish and Muslim mystical musical traditions with top Israeli world music artists and a Turkish Sufi master virtuoso and his group. Introduced by the American Jewish World Service. Presented in association with the Consulate General of Israel. Co-sponsored by a Festival Friend in loving memory of Gail Cohen-potter, dancer, internationalist and lover of life.
East West Ensemble website
Omar Faruk Tekbilek Ensemble website

Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley
$30 General Admission / $25 BRJCC members, seniors students
$60 Premium Reserved Seating & Opening Night Reception

Theo! with Special Guest Hankus Netsky

Sunday, March 20 4:00 PM

Legendary, award-winning singer and actor Theodore Bikel in concert with Hankus Netsky, pianist, founder and director of the internationally acclaimed Klezmer Conservatory Band.

Presented in association with Congregation Emanu-El. Co-sponsored by the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture.

Congregation Emanu-El, 2 Lake St., San Francisco

$30 General Admission
$25 BRJCC, Temple Emanu-El members, seniors & students
$50 Premium Reserved Seating

From Fiddler on the Roof to Beatbox in the 'Hood:
Music in Contemporary Jewish Culture

Monday, March 21 7:30 PM

A conversation with Theodore Bikel, Hankus Netsky, DJ Socalled and Jewlia Eisenberg, moderated by Professor Naomi Seidman. Introduction by Aaron Davidman, Artistic Director of the Traveling Jewish Theatre.

Presented in association with the Taube Center for Jewish Life, JCCSF.


JCCSF, 3200 California St. at Presidio Ave., San Francisco
$15 General Admission
$10 BRJCC, JCCSF members, seniors, & students

Purim Matinee with Members of Shtreiml

Thursday, March 24 1:30 PM

Classical klezmer with some of the hottest young musicians of Canada's Jewish music scene: Jason Rosenblatt, harmonica, Josh Dolgin (aka DJ Socalled), accordion, and Rachel Lemisch, trombone, with guest Susan Watts of the Hoffman klezmer dynasty, on trumpet.

Berkeley Richmond JCC, 1414 Walnut St. at Rose, Berkeley
$15 General Admission
$10 BRJCC members, seniors & students

Community Music Day for All Ages

Sunday, March 27; 11:00 AM

FAMILY CONCERT WITH GARY LAPOW
The Bay Area's favorite children's performer premieres new Jewish songs.

12:30-5:30 PM

WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES

Hear Hebrew Hip-Hop! Visit the Exotic Instrument Petting Zoo! Learn, experience and play at this Happening highlighting Bay Area artists including Fran Avni, Tim Barsky, Achi Ben Shalom, Doctor J, Mary Ellen Donald, Julie Egger, Judy Frankel, Judith Kate Friedman, Daniel Hoffman, Linda Hirschhorn, Josh Horowitz, Hyim, the Instant Klezmer Mandolin Orchestra, Nancy Katz,
Kid Beyond, Heather Klein, Gerry Tenney, Ya'Elah, and others.

Presented in association with KlezCalifornia and Freight & Salvage Coffee House. Co-sponsored by Claire Sherman & Ed Anisman and Julie Sherman, in loving memory of Ursula Sherman.

Berkeley Richmond JCC, 1414 Walnut St. at Rose, Berkeley
$24 Family Pass (up to 2 adults and 2 children)
$10 General Admission
$7 BRJCC members, seniors, students & children under 5

Judith Cohen & Tamar Cohen Adams: Music in Sephardic and "Marrano" Life

Monday, March 28 7:30 PM

Song, story and commentary by a renowned Sephardic music scholar, with her daughter Tamar Cohen Adams. Field work in Spain and Portugal have provided Judith and Tamar with a rich body of rare and precious folklore and music.

Presented as the Sills Memorial Lecture, in association with the Judah L. Magnes Museum. Co-sponsored by the Maurice Amado Foundation.

Artist website
Berkeley Richmond JCC, 1414 Walnut St. at Rose, Berkeley
$17 General Admission
$13 BRJCC, Judah L. Magnes Museum members, seniors & students

Emil Zrihan with Special Guest Appearance by the
Kronos Quartet

Thursday, March 31 8:00 PM

The San Francisco premiere of an Israeli counter tenor whose vocal power expresses the emotional intensity of North African, Andalusian and Sephardic music. Paired with San Francisco's own world-renowned new music string quartet in an extraordinary sneak preview of a new collaboration. Kronos Quartet website

Presented in association with the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

JCCSF, 3200 California St. at Presidio Ave., San Francisco
$37 Reserved Seating
$32 BRJCC, JCCSF members, seniors & students
$60 Premium Reserved Seating and post-concert reception with artists

Emil Zrihan with Za'atar

Saturday, March 26 8:00 PM

Emil Zrihan also appears with the Bay Area's own Middle East Jewish music ensemble, followed by a Purim party.

Presented by the Osher Marin Jewish Community Center.
Osher Marin JCC, San Rafael.

Call 415-444-8000 for tickets

Klezmatics with Special Guest Joshua Nelson

Sunday, April 3 4:00 PM

Brother Moses Smote the Water CD Release Concert!
The gutsy band that defines klezmer's edge, with a special guest artist who sings Black Jewish soul that recalls Mahalia Jackson.


Presented in association with the Joint Program in Jewish Studies of the Graduate Theological Union and UC Berkeley. Co-sponored by the Biddle-Gottesman Family, Leonard Merrill Kurz in memory of Ursula Sherman, and a Festival Friend in honor of Judi Hirsch-dedicated teacher, peace activist, artist and indominable spirit.

Klezmatics website
Joshua Nelson website

Wheeler Auditorium, UC Berkeley
$27 General Admission
$23 BRJCC memebers, seniors and students
$50 Premium Reserved Seating

"Josh Nelson...the next big thing in music!"
-Oprah Winfrey

Festival Finale Dance Party

Sunday, April 3 7:30 PM

Rock 'n' Roll and freilach with members of the Klezmatics and Friends, including dance meister Steven Weintraub.

Co-sponsored by the Schwartz Family Fund.

Berkeley Richmond JCC
1414 Walnut St. at Rose, Berkeley
$15 General Admission
$11 BRJCC members, seniors & students