JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVALa fiscally-sponsored project of JCC East Bay


May 1, 3 & 4

8:00 pm-10:00 pm Sat, May 3, 2014

Veretski Pass & SF Choral Artists: “Lilith, the Night Demon”

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Veretski Pass and San Francisco Choral Artists present
Lilith, the Night Demon, in One Lewd Act

World premiere of a composition by Joshua Horowitz of the internationally renowned Bay Area ensemble Veretski Pass in collaboration with San Francisco Choral Artists and special guest artists Michael Wex, Heather Klein, and Anthony Mordechai-Tzvi Russell.

Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 PM
JCC East Bay, 1414 Walnut St., Berkeley
Advanced Tickets: $30/25 | $38 at the door

Additional performances:
Thursday, May 1, 7:30 PM at Osher Marin JCC
Sunday, May 4, 4:00 PM at Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center

Presented in association with the 29th Jewish Music Festival & KlezCalifornia

“Lilith, the Night Demon” is a choral mystery drama based on Jewish superstitions that makes wild use of multilingual texts, and ancient sources, and combines homemade instruments with poly-choral avant-garde gestures to create a fantastic, hysterical, bizarre and often moving musical extravaganza, complete with the trio’s improvisations.

Lilith, the adult, alternate Jewish story of creation is transformed into a magical folk opera by Veretski Pass in collaboration with the San Francisco Choral Artists. A group of virtuosic multi-instrumentalists, Veretski Pass brings together Jewish and non-Jewish sounds from across Europe.

The extraordinary and often bizarre score to Lilith, composed by award-winning composer, Josh Horowitz, features both choral and instrumental ensembles as well as Heather Klein (Lilith), Anthony Russell (Adam), and Michael Wex (narrator).

The edgy and humorous libretto draws on texts gleaned from Jewish superstitions, omens, dreams, and curses. San Francisco Choral Artists, a chamber ensemble of 24 singers, is widely recognized as one of the finest choral ensembles on the West Coast.

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An ensemble of virtuosic multi-instrumentalists, Veretski Pass brings together Jewish and non-Jewish sounds from across Europe, offering a unique combination of pure musicianship and raw energy that has excited concertgoers across the world. The trio plays Old Country Music with origins in the Ottoman Empire, once fabled as the borderlands of the East and the West, in a true collage of Carpathian, Jewish, Rumanian, and Ottoman styles. The group’s CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists.

Josh Horowitz: Composer, Librettist, Chromatic Button Accordion, Cimbalom and Piano
Horowitz received his Masters degree in Composition and Music Theory from the Academy of Music in Graz, Austria, where he taught Music Theory and served as Research Fellow and Director of the Yiddish Music Research Project for eight years. He is the founder and director of the ensemble Budowitz, a founding member of Veretski Pass.

Cookie Segelstein: Violin, Viola, additional compositions
Until moving to California in 2010, she was principal violist in Orchestra New England and assistant principal in The New Haven Symphony, as well as on the music faculty at Southern Connecticut State University. She is the founder and director of Veretski Pass, a member of Budowitz, and a regular staff member at Living Traditions’ Klez Kamp, KlezKanada, KlezCalifornia‎, Klezmer Festival Fürth and Klezfest London.
Stuart Brotman: Cello, Bass, Drum, Tilinca, Slide whistle, additional compositions
Stu has been an accomplished performer, arranger and recording artist in the ethnic music field for over 50 years. A founding member of Los Angeles’ Ellis Island Band, he has been a moving force in the klezmer revival since its beginning, and has defined klezmer bass.

Michael Wex (Narrator), columnist, bon vivant, and raconteur, has been called “a Yiddish national treasure”. He is author of “Born to Kvetch”, the bestselling book ever written about Yiddish, and was hailed by The New York Times as “wise, witty and altogether wonderful”. Wex has worked in virtually every area of contemporary Yiddish.

Heather Klein as Lilith (voice) performs across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, both as a soloist and with musical groups and opera companies, though her passion has been Yiddish classical song. She has played the role of Rosie in the world premiere of “Ravensbruek Project,” a cabaret opera based on the Holocaust, before a sold-out theater in Boston.

Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russell as Adam – (voice) works primarily in the field of opera in the San Francisco Bay and New York Metro areas, and is one of the 20th century’s most prolific performers of cantorial music, Chassidic nigunim, and Yiddish art song. He has appeared on stages of the JCC in Manhattan, Symphony Space, the Ashkenaz Festival and Ideacity Conference, KlezKanada in Laurentians, and the Montreal Jewish Music Festival.

Magan Solomon: Choral Conductor
Artistic Director of Choral Artists since 1995, Dr. Solomon has avidly cultivated engagements with living composers to bridge the gulf between composer, performer, and audience.

San Francisco Choral Artists is a 24-voice, mostly a cappella, chamber ensemble specializing in innovative, eclectic programming and performance excellence. SFCA has premiered over 185 works and is the 2012 winner of the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming.

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