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JEWISH MUSIC FESTIVALa fiscally-sponsored project of JCC East Bay

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29th Jewish Music Festival - Upcoming Concerts

Dudu TassaFriday, March 14, 7:30 p.m.Shir Hashirim: Song of Songs Minyan
JCC East Bay, Berkeley
Sephardic, Mizrachi and Ashkenazic musical ligurgy with Rabbi Michael Ziegler, Hazzan Richard Kaplan, John Erlich, Lila Sklar, Jano Bogg, Eliana Kissner and members of Qadim ensemble; Rachel Valfer, Eliyahu Sills & Faisal Zedan.

Festival Highlights – March 20-30

Dudu TassaOPENING NIGHT
Thurs., Mar. 20, 8 p.m.Dudu Tassa and the Kuwaitis
Yoshi’s San Francisco – Tickets $32 door/$30 advanced
Renowned Israeli singer Tassa performs the hit songs of his Iraqi grandfather and great-uncle from 1930s Baghdad. With special guest Yair Dalal on oud & violin.

_Sat., Mar. 22, 8 p.m.Afro-Semitic Experience
Freight & Salvage, Berkeley – Tickets $26-32
The ensemble blends Jewish and African roots music into a grooving, spiritual mix.

Anthony RussellSun., Mar. 23, 7 p.m.Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russell’s “Convergence”
JCC East Bay, Berkeley – Tickets $25/22
World premiere of the operatic bass’ multi-media show featuring a mix of negro spirituals, Yiddish and Jewish liturgical songs. Backed by klezmer trio Veretski Pass.

Alicia Jo RabinsThurs., Mar. 27, 8 p.m.Alicia Jo Rabins’ “Kaddish for Bernie Madoff”
JCC East Bay, Berkeley – Tickets $25/22
The biblical scholar, violinist, poet, and songwriter performs her song cycle exploring the intersection of spirituality, finance and personal responsibility.

Friday, March 28th, 8 p.m. Service, 8:30 p.m. Show — Girls in Trouble at Temple Beth Sholom, 642 Dolores Ave., San Leandro; Free.

Alicia Jo RabinsSat., Mar. 29, 8 p.m.Girls in Trouble
JCC East Bay, Berkeley – Tickets $25/22
Alicia Jo Rabins fronts this indie rock band that performs her artful songs about women in the Bible.

Ben SidranFESTIVAL FINALE
Sun., Mar. 30, 8 p.m.Ben Sidran’s “Jews and the Great American Songbook”
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, Berkeley – Tickets $28/25
The pianist and singer presents a concert based on his book, ‘There Was a Fire: Jews, Music and the American Dream.’

Tues., Apr. 1, 6 p.m.Ben Sidran Performance/Lecture on “Jews and the Great American Songbook”
San Francisco Public Library; Free


29th JMF Festival Pass Applies to dates March 20-30

Heather KleinThur. Apr. 24, 6:30 p.m. & Sun. Apr. 27, 2 p.m
Heather Klein’s Inextinguishable Trio & Veretski Pass “Yiddish Spring: Concert in honor of Yom HaShoah”
Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco – Tickets TBD
The first Bay Area performance of “Mame Loshn,” an art song cycle in Yiddish by composer Miriam Miller featuring violinist Steve Greenman.

LilithSat., May 3, 8 p.m. “Lilith, the Night Demon, in One Lewd Act”
Veretski Pass and San Francisco Choral Artists
JCC East Bay, Berkeley – Tickets TBD
Groundbreaking folk-opera by Josh Horowitz featuring performances by Heather Klein, Michael Wex & Anthony (Mordechai-Tzvi) Russell.