JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVALa fiscally-sponsored project of JCC East Bay


April 24 & 27 @ CJM

6:30 pm- 8:00 pm Sun, Apr 27, 2014

Heather Klein, Steve Greenman & Veretski Pass: Yiddish Spring

The Contemporary Jewish Museum, in association with the 29th Jewish Music Festival & KlezCalifornia Present

Yiddish Spring
A Concert in honor of Yom HaShoah

Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission St., San Francisco

April 24th at 6:30 p.m.
April 27th at 2:00 p.m. Pre-concert talk at 1:30 p.m.

Miriam and SarahBay Area soprano Heather Klein performs “Mame Loshn,” an art song cycle in Yiddish by the composer Miriam Miller, with text by Miller’s grandmother, Sarah Traister Moskovitz, from her book of poetry, “Come to the Table.”

The program also features chamber ensemble performances of Yiddish songs written by other living composers from around the world. Klein is joined in performance by members of her Bay Area ensemble, The Inextinguishable Trio, the internationally renowned Bay Area trio Veretski Pass, and guest violinist Steven Greenman of Cleveland.


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Fiscally sponsored by KlezCalifornia.

Heather KleinAmerican soprano Heather Klein follows her passion of “painting pictures” with her voice – interpreting and inhabiting characters, and bringing stories to life.
Heather is a classically trained soprano in San Francisco, and performs opera, Yiddish classical song, theater and folk music, as well as other styles. For the past decade, she has performed across the U.S., Canada and Europe, as a soloist and as part of various musical groups and opera companies. However, Klein has focused on a lesser known genre: Yiddish classical song.

Steven GreenmanSteven Greenman is recognized internationally as one of the finest practitioners, composers and teachers of traditional East European Jewish violin music in the world today. He has self-produced two landmark recordings documenting his original Jewish and klezmer compositions with Stempenyu’s Dream (2004) and Stempenyu’s Neshome (2010), the latter containing his original Jewish spiritual melodies. A co-founder of the Khevrisa ensemble with cimbalist and historian Walter Zev Feldman Steven is also co-producer and lead performer of the recording Khevrisa-European Klezmer Music on the Smithsonian Folkways label.

Veretski Pass

Veretski PassTaking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic 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, typical suites contain dances from Moldavia and Bessarabia; Jewish melodies from Poland and Rumania; Hutzul wedding music from Carpathian-Ruthenia; and haunting Rebetic aires from Smyrna, seamlessly integrated with original compositions. Veretski Pass recently performed at the Concertgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, and their CDs have repeatedly been on the 10-best recording lists of journalists.