What a blowout benefit!

On June 19, a Love Your Neighbour Benefit Concert was held in the Congregation Emanu-El sanctuary for support of our Avodah Social Action Group.  We were privileged to have The Klezbians as our musical headliner, and they did not disappoint. Audience members enjoyed and sang along, too, during the various Eastern European Jewish folk tunes offered up.  In addition, Maggidah (Jewish female storyteller) Shoshana Litman, accompanied by Joe Hatherill on piano, enraptured the audience with both stories and songs. The musical group Kouskous also made a guest appearance.

It was a fun, inspiring, and memorable evening.  Monies raised will go towards the many worthwhile social action/social justice projects that Avodah sponsors in the homeless and marginalized community.   Loving one’s neighbour means providing these services with compassion, dignity, and respect for the whole individual.

Lastly, a big todah rabah (thank you) goes out to our performers, volunteers – and generous audience.  Click here to view photos taken by Penny Tennenhouse.

Wonderment: Explorations of Jewish Mysticism through Electronic Music

June30-ForNewsletterJune 30, 2019, 8 – 10 pm (Doors open 7:30 pm), Congregation Emanu-El, 1461 Blanshard Street, Victoria — Presented by the Garden City Electronic Music Society, this electronic music event will feature ambient and atmospheric electronic explorations inspired by Jewish mysticism, presented in quadraphonic sound. Artists include Dominion of Being (Joseph Sheppard & Heather Mitchell), and Surrounded By A Radiance (David Bodrug). Admission by donation. This event is supported by grants from the BC Arts Council, Capital Regional District, the City of Victoria and the Jewish Federation of Victoria & Vancouver Island. For information: 236-882-2326

The Mahler Project

Mahler Project imageJune 1, 2 & 9, 2019, Wood Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music — Your newsletter online design editor and “diva wanna be”, Frances Rosenberg, is completing an intensive song performance project for singers aged 30+ on the works of Gustav Mahler and Alma Mahler. Please consider attending the final concerts for this project. Program includes Gustav Mahler – Songs of a Wayfarer, Rückert lieder, Songs & Airs from Youth including Songs from Des Knaben Wonderhorn; Alma Mahler – 5 Songs. Admission by Donation.
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A musical feast with Ken Lavigne Food Bank Fundraiser

Ken LavigneWednesday, November 21, 7:00 pmSt. John the Divine and Pacific Opera present “A Musical Feast with Ken Lavigne” on Wednesday, November 21, 7:00 pm at the Baumann Centre, 925 Balmoral Road, Victoria.  $100/Person (Complementary Appetizers/Cash Bar); Patron Ticket: $150/Person (includes champagne reception with the artists at 6:00 pm) available only from Carol-Ann Zenger in the church of office of St. John the Divine 250-383-7169 ext. 226 or carolann.zenger@stjohnthedivine.bc.ca.  Proceeds are to benefit the Food Bank at St. John the Divine.

Jubilation, a new Multi-faith Choir

Multifaith ChoirWednesday, September 5 at 7 pm in Centennial United Church — Would you like to join? Jubilation is a non-auditioned choir for adults of all ages and faiths, who love to sing songs that are inspirational and uplifting. Choral Director Anne-Marie Brimacombe, originally from the Caribbean and trained at the Royal Academy of Music in England, has been widely celebrated as an outstanding singer, music teacher, choral director and show producer.

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays (re-starting for the fall term on Sept. 5), 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Centennial United Church, corner of David St. and Hillside Ave. in Victoria (entrance off David St.).
For more information about visiting a rehearsal, joining Jubilation, or booking performances, please contact Anne-Marie at 250-882-4339, email: ambrimacombe@gmail.com


Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Loses a Maestro

Kabba Shabba loses maestro

Last Friday night’s eco-vegetarian (read: bring your own utensils and a veggie dish to share) kabbalat shabbat was a big crowd pleaser for the fifty synagogue members, friends and visitors in attendance. The kabbalat shabbat service was accompanied by our wonderful musical group, the Kabba Shabba Band, consisting of violins, guitar, harp, drums, singers and others. Kids were invited to perform dance routines with Rabbi Harry, and adults later formed a dancing chain. It was also a last performance for synagogue and veteran band member Dániel Péter Biró.

Sadly Dr. Biró, a UVic Professor of Music and renowned new music composer, organizer of the SALT New Music Festival, and a recent winner of a major Guggenheim fellowship, is departing for new horizons at the University of Bergen, Norway, where he has been hired to lead the experimental new music program. We wish Dániel, his wife Zsofia Surjan, and their son Dávid (a recent Emanu-El bar mitzvah), well on their journey north and eastward. They will be greatly missed. We hope to hear news of their flourishing new life in Norway!