L’Chaim! Jewish Music Series TO LIFE!


Back for season 5 ! 6-part concert series from all walks of life

Part of MUS 343: Survey of Jewish Musics offered by the Department of Music at Sonoma State Univeristy

September 5 - Nov. 21 | 6:30 PM | Schroeder Hall

Admission is free. No Tickets are needed. Seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis. Parking charges are $5.
Sep 5

Sharon Bernstein - Yiddish Songs at an Exhibition. A multi-media performance of music and art

With Sharon Bernstein (voice, piano).  A unique multi-media performance set to paintings by self-taught Toronto artist Mayer Kirshenblatt. Mr. Kirshenblatt’s vibrant portraits and stories of his home town Apt (Poland) before the Holocaust inspire a rich blend of traditional song and contemporary sound.  Projected images of the paintings connected with the songs and readings of Mr. Kirshenblatt’s memories complete this experience that recreates the sights and sounds of a Jewish Polish town. Inspired by and developed in collaboration with the book and exhibition They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of Jewish Life in Poland Before the Holocaust by Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

Sep 19

Tsvey Brider (Two Brothers)

Tsvey Brider (Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell and Dmitri Gaskin) is a Yiddish songwriting, arranging and performing duo formed in 2017 after winning the Concorso Internacional de Canciones en Idish (Der Idisher Idol) in Mexico City. They have gone on to be featured in Berlin's Radikale Jüdisches Kulturtage (Radical Jewish Culture Festival), tour across Poland and perform in culture and music festivals all over the United States and Europe.

Inspired by the work of an international group of twentieth century Jewish writers and poets, Tsvey Brider is a musical exploration of contemporary life in the Yiddish language through a diverse array of styles and genres including contemporary classical, cabaret, blues and pop in addition to the sounds of Jewish Eastern Europe that have traditionally accompanied music in the Yiddish language.

The members of Tsvey Brider have performed and recorded with such noted artists as Anthony Coleman, Daniel Kahn, Josh Dolgin/SoCalled, Michael Winograd, Sarah Aroeste, Michael Alpert, Alan Bern, Yale Strom and Veretski Pass.

Oct 3

Days Of Awe: Veretski Pass with Shofar

Veretski Pass has been a leading ensemble of the Klezmer Revival for almost two decades, with a repertoire ranging from the deeply traditional to the avant-garde. This concert will highlight their improvisatory skills with a potpourri of Ottoman and Carpathian suites utilizing pieces from their field and archival work. Veretski Pass' concert programs continue to surprise and delight audiences across the globe, with collages of styles that integrate Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania with Hutzul wedding music from Ruthenia and haunting Rembetica aires from Smyrna, joined together with their own original compositions. Their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists since 2002. Their concerts are humorous and exciting with unexpected moments of powerful emotion.

Oct 17

Armenian singer Hasmik Harutyunyan and women's vocal ensemble Kitka

Hasmik Harutyunyan is an Armenian folk singer. She is the leading member of the Shoghaken Folk Ensemble and directs the Hayrik Muradyan Traditional Song and Dance Children's Ensemble. The music of the Shoghaken Ensemble is featured on the soundtrack of the film Ararat. Harutyunyan's Armenian Lullabies was recognized by the New York Times as an outstanding world music CD in 2004. With Shoghaken Folk Ensemble, she has performed in Armenia, France (including a 2006 performance at the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris), Germany, Estonia, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and the US (including an eighteen-concert 2004 tour and an appearance at the 2002 Folklife Festival as part of the Silk Road project organized by Yo Yo Ma). In autumn 2009, Hasmik performed in concerts in the USA with the Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble, presenting the music of Komitas, Hayrik Muradyan, and Armenian lullabies, as well as participating in the San Francisco World Music Festival. In 2010, she performed with Shoghaken and gave a workshop on Armenian folk song and dance in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Harutyunyan graduated from the Yerevan State Pedagogical University and the Department of Vocal Music at the Arno Babajanian School of Music, majoring in opera.

Nov 7

An evening of modern Jewish Art Song with composers Dan Asia and

Brian S. Wilson

Breath in a Ram’s Horn sets the words of American poet Paul Pines, whose poetry has been set by Asia repeatedly ever since the two men met at the MacDowell Colony some years ago. The poems range from the sacred to the mundane, and the harmonic language that Asia employs in this work is. The Jewish identity of both texts and musical settings reaches its zenith in the last of the songs, “My Father’s Name Was,” a nostalgic look at family life, with its music in a jocular version of the minor mode.

Daniel Asia, b. Seattle, WA 1953, has been an eclectic and unique composer from the start. He has enjoyed the usual grants from Meet the Composer, a UK Fulbright award, Guggeneheim Fellowship, MacDowell and Tanglewood fellowships, ASCAP and BMI prizes, Copland Fund grants, and numerous others. He was recently honored with a Music Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. From 1991-1994 he was Meet-the-Composer Composer- in Residence of the Phoenix Symphony.
Asia’s five symphonies have received wide acclaim from live performance and their international recordings. The Fifth Symphony was commissioned for the Tucson and Jerusalem symphony orchestras in celebration of Israel’s 60th anniversary. He recently finished Divine Madness: The Oratorio based on poetry from the eponymous book by his longtime colleague Paul Pines.  His most recent major works are the opera, The Tin Angel, and secular oratorio, Divine Madness.
He is presently Professor of Composition, Head of the Composition Area, and Coordinator of the American Culture and Ideas Initiative, at The University of Arizona Fred Fox School of Music, Tucson.

Nov 21

Sheldon Brown: The Golem live music with silent film

The score for "The Golem: How He Came into the World" (1920) was written by Sheldon Brown, Alisa Rose, and Richard Marriott. The ensemble is a quintet of clarinet, violin, trombone (euphonium), contrabass, and piano. The score premiered at the Silent Movie Theater, Los Angeles on March 23, 2011 and was reprised for the Vallejo Silent Film Festival on May 4, 2018 at the Empress Theater, Vallejo.

"...an enormous palette of musical influences from which Club Foot, via its founder and creative director Richard Marriott, draws inspiration. These range from Stravinsky to the imperitives of West African folk idioms, taking in account swing, jazz, rock, blues and modernist atonality."
Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle








L’Chaim! Jewish Music Series TO LIFE!


Come and celebrate a five-part concert series from all walks of life


Part of MUS 343: Survey of Jewish Musics offered by the Department of Music at Sonoma State Univeristy

Aug. 31 - Nov. 30 | 6:30 PM | Schroeder Hall

Admission is free. Parking charges are waived. Seating is available on a first-come, first serve basis. Call 707-664-2324 for more information.