San Diego Repertory Theatre Presents:
The 24th Annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival
May 21 – July 9, 2017
Hershey Felder and Friends – “Original Stories and Compositions and a little Sholem Aleichem”
JUNE 19 AT 7:30PM ON THE LYCEUM STAGE
Known for his melding of character and live performed music of some the world’s greatest composers, rarely does Hershey Felder share with audiences the Yiddish Theatre characters and music that led to the creations of his signature works. In this evening with Hershey Felder and his friends, Hershey will share his beginnings as a little boy on the stage of the Yiddish Theatre, how it has informed his own compositions, and how it will all lead to the creation of his new works about the Jewish experience in America. Featuring both classic material from the “old world” and new original compositions, this one time only evening with Hershey performing works our audiences have not before heard will be sure to delight.
Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at sdrep.org. $180 VIP tickets include post-show reception and sing-along with Hershey Felder.
Andrew Viterbi: Reflections of an Educator, Researcher and Entrepreneur
MAY 23 AT 7:30PM AT CONGREGATION BETH EL, LA JOLLA
In his new memoir, acclaimed electrical engineer and philanthropist Andrew Viterbi examines his life in America as an immigrant child, his success as a scientist and businessman and the principles that inspired his most decisive choices. The evening includes readings from his memoir and a conversation with Dr. Andrew Viterbi, his granddaughter Ali Viterbi and professor Dr. Brian Keating.
The 16th Annual Klezmer Summit
Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi Present: Tower of Babel - A Klezmer, Roma, Balkan Brass Party
JUNE 12 AT 7:30 PM ON THE LYCEUM STAGE
A Klezmer, Roma and Balkan Brass Party. Yale Strom & Hot Pstromi welcome special guests and high energy brass. This concert will thrill, with a driving dance beat and beautiful melancholic Middle Eastern improvisations. Opening this brass party is San Diego’s popular brass band, EUPHORIA.
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at sdrep.org.
Come early for the opening reception of our two art galleries! At 6:30 PM before the concert, we'll be hosting an open reception with complimentary wine and cheese. Grab your tickets and peruse the beautiful works by Boris Malkin and Bill Farran.
The Crying Call of the Clarinet
MAY 21 AT 2PM AT THE ENCINITAS LIBRARY
Gourevich kicks off the Festival with a timeless program of Jewish, Yiddish and Israeli songs that touch the heart and stir the soul. In his unique performance style, the verge between clarinet and human voice disappears. His heartfelt “My Yiddische Mama” brings tears, and his klezmer dances bring you to your feet.
This performance is free of charge. Visit www.encinitaslibfriends.org/Encinitas-Library.php or call 760-753-7376 for more information.
8th Annual Women of Valor
May 25 at 7:30pm in the Lyceum Space
May 28 at 2pm at the Encinitas Library
By Rebecca Myers, Sarah Price-Keating, Leah Salovey, Todd Salovey and Ali Viterbi
Directed by Todd Salovey and Ali Viterbi
2017 honorees are: Joyce Axelrod, Councilmember Barbara Bry, Rose Schindler, Pauline Sonboleh, Malka Weiser and Marcia Tatz- Wollner. The Festival once again honors six inspirational women and tells their stories with live music, poetry and vivid imagery.
Benefiting Chesed Home, Torah High School and Project Sarah.
Tickets for the performance in the Lyceum Space are $18 and can be purchased at sdrep.org. The performance at the Encinitas Library is free of charge. Visit www.encinitaslibfriends.org/Encinitas-Library.php or call 760-753-7376 for more information.
Minor Fall, Major Lift
JUNE 3 AT 8:45PM ON THE LYCEUM STAGE
Produced by Malashock Dance & Art Of Élan
Choreography by John Malashock
Music Performed by Now Ensemble (New York)
Commissioned Score by Judd Greenstein
Other Music Compositions by Greenstein, Mark Dancigers, David Crowell and Patrick Burke
A bi-coastal collaboration of live music and dance, featuring all-new choreography by John Malashock, co-produced with Art of Élan. Five exquisite new dance works with music by four different composers, including a score by Judd Greenstein, of New Amsterdam Records and Composer-in-Residence with NOW Ensemble.
Tickets are $45 for Preferred Seating, $35 for General Admission, $15 for Students (with valid student ID) and a 20% discount for military, seniors 65+ and groups of 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased at sdrep.org.
Asimov: The Last Question
JUNE 5 AT 7PM IN THE LYCEUM SPACE
Written by Herbert Siguenza
Starring Herbert Siguenza and Mark Pinter
A world premiere staged reading about the world and life of celebrated author Isaac Asimov. Herbert Siguenza portrays the late biochemist, prolific science fiction writer and humanist, Isaac Asimov in a revealing interview about politics, religion, faith, technology and the environment. Siguenza’s REP hits include A Weekend with Pablo Picasso, Manifest Destinitis, El Henry and Steal Heaven.
Imagination Dead Imagine
JUNE 7 & 8 AT 7:30PM IN THE LYCEUM SPACE
Text by Samuel Beckett
Music and Concept by Michael Roth
A new music theatre piece by Michael Roth featuring the words of Samuel Beckett. The three part program premieres one of Beckett’s most eloquent hidden masterpieces, a stirring journey of the mind and soul. A string quartet musically responds to the voices that lure them into a world where imagination might be dead – or is it? Also the premiere of Roth’s LABOR DAY, 1967, featuring a 78-recording of a Bar Mitzvah lesson with special appearance by Cantor William Tiep.
Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at sdrep.org.
JUNE 14 AT 7:30PM IN THE LYCEUM SPACE
Jewish, Latin and African American music of change, empowerment and belief. Folk, jazz and klezmer songs express the conviction of a more just and compassionate world starring Elizabeth Schwartz of Hot Pstromi, gospel singer Lisa Payton and jazz diva Coral MacFarland Thuet.
The Wandering Feast
JUNE 18 AT 2PM AT THE ENCINITAS LIBRARY
Based on the Memoir by Yale Strom
Adapted by Todd Salovey and Yale Strom
Directed by Todd Salovey
Music Composed and Performed by Yale Strom
In 1981, 23-year-old Yale Strom embarks on a trek through remnants of Europe’s Jewish communities. He meets musicians, singers, synagogue caretakers and butchers, Jewish and Roma. With live music, images and vivid stories, a world premiere staged reading of a life-changing musical journey.
This performance is free of charge.
Challah Rising in the Desert (The Jews of New Mexico)
JULY 6 AT 7:30PM IN THE LYCEUM SPACE
By Director Isaac Artenstein
Produced by Paula Amar Schwartz with Cinewest Productions
A new film where braided Challah bread represents five waves of settlement of New Mexico’s Jewish community from the Conversos escaping the Spanish Inquisition 400 years ago, to the German Jewish pioneers of the Santa Fe Trail in the 1800s, to the engineers, and scientists of the 1940s-60s at Los Alamos. Special Benefit screening with the filmmakers.
Benefitting Challah Rising Archives of New Mexico Jewish Historical Society
JULY 9 AT 7PM AT LAWRENCE FAMILY JCC, DAVID & DOROTHEA GARFIELD THEATRE
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH CJC OF THE LAWRENCE FAMILY JCC
Written and Directed by Lee Sankowich
They held the German army off for twenty-seven days, longer than France or Poland. They were young people with dreams, romances, passions, ambitions and a zest for life. They were innocent victims of unimaginable circumstances. This staged reading with music is a moving tribute to the young heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
Tickets are $20 for non-members and $18 for JCC members and can be purchased at 858.362.1348 (box office) or sdcjc.org.
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