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The 25th Jewish Music Festival invites you to share our joy as our friend Dan Plonsey becomes a Bar Mitzvah!

Thanks to a generous matching grant of $7,500 from The East Bay Community Foundation’s Fund for Artists, the JMF commissioned a new multimedia piece by Bay Area composer Dan Plonsey and choreographer Eric Kupers to premiere as part of our silver anniversary season. Thanks to your love of the arts and willingness to give, we have reached our goal.

Your invitation to Dan Plonsey’s Bar Mitzvah:

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Save the Date: July 11, 2010 and come celebrate Dan Plonsey’s Bar Mitzvah

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Israel @ 60

Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 7:30 PM


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Order tickets online now for Israel @ 60

St. John’s Presbyterian Church
2727 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705

TICKETS: $20 members, students and seniors; $24 non-members

Israeli master percussionist Chen Zimbalista and Friends

“Totally charismatic . . . able to ignite everybody around him and makes every percussion instrument he touched sing…a rich acoustic experience that celebrates artistic freedom and open sound of life.” — Jerusalem Post

Israeli percussionist Chen Zimbalista has dazzled audiences around the world with an enchanting array of rhythmic sounds that he cajoles from more than forty instruments, played with his lightening quick hands, some of them at the same time. His music – a euphonious blend of pulses and beats – defies classification. A true feast for the senses, his programs are taken from classical, blues, jazz and occasionally rock idioms.

To celebrate Israel’s 60th birthday, Chen will focus the night’s energy on contemporary Israeli composers with pieces by Weisenberg, Shemer, Gronich and a few of his own. The program will also feature pieces by Gershwin, Bloch and Sichon.

Chen’s vibrant marimba will be augmented by percussionist Katja Cooper and Argentine pianist Josè Gallardo. Cooper is Bay Area based and has played throughout the middle east and played with a host of international artists. Gallardo is currently an assistant professor at the University of Mainz, Germany who has performed in Europe, North America, South America and Asia.