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Sat, June 11, 2016 RUTH - An Oratorio by Aminadav Aloni
Sun, February 7, 2016 Martin Chalifour and Steven Vanhauwaert Return
POULENC   Sonata (originally for flute)
BEETHOVEN  Sonata no 4
BLOCH   Nigun (from Baal Shem Suite)
DVORAK Mazurka op. 49
Sun, October 26, 2014 A Musical Tribute to Daniel Pearl - Songs of Sarajevo: Music of the Jews, Muslims and Christians

Yale Strom will announce the program from the stage.

Sun, March 30, 2014 Martin Chalifour and Steven Vanhauwaert in Recital


Dvorak: Romantic pieces: Op. 75 (B.150) (1887)

1. Cavatina: moderato

2. Capriccio: poco allegro

3. Romance: allegro

Achron:  Two Dances from Tempenyu Suite (1930)

1. Scher Op. 42 (1917)

2. Freilachs  Op. 20, No.2


Schubert: Fantasy in C major: D934 (1827)


Faure: Sonata in A major: Op.13 (1876)

Thu, July 11, 2013 SOPHIA
Sat, June 1, 2013 Hear the Future at FIRST TAKE

brother, brother
Music and text by Aaron Siegel


The House is Open
Music and text by Alexander Vassos



Music by David Brynjar Franzson, text by Angela Rawlings


Winter’s Child
Music by Ellen Reid, libretto by Amanda Jane Shank



Pierrot Lunaire
Music by Mohammed Fairouz, libretto by Wayne Koestenbaum


The Nubian Word for Flowers
Music by Pauline Oliveros, libretto by Ione

Sun, April 21, 2013 Breath in a Ram’s Horn: The Jewish Spirit in Classical Music
Sun, December 9, 2012 Malkin-Trybek Duo in Private Recital

The Malkin-Trybek Duo:

Iris Malkin - mezzo-soprano

Edward Trybek - classical guitar


Tres Canciones Españolas - Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999)

* En Jerez de la Frontera

* Adela

* De Ronda


Tres Villancicos - Joaquín Rodrigo

* Coplillas de Belen

* Pastorcito Santo

* Aire y Donaire


Meditation on a Sephardic Theme (solo guitar) - Assaf Rinde (b. 1977)

Jerusalem of Gold - Neomi Shemer (1930-2004)

Arr. Assaf Rinde. Transcribed for guitar by Edward Trybek

From Jewish-Spanish Song Cycle (based on folk Sephardic melodies) - Daniel Akiva (b.1953)

* La serena

* Durme, durme

* Durme hermozo hijico

* Ya abaxa la novia

Ocho Kandelikas - Flory Jagoda (b.1925)

Arr. Edward Trybek

Thu, November 8, 2012 KRISTALLNACHT COMMEMORATION CONCERT The Night of Broken Glass


RON SELKA, clarinet




               Paul Ben-Haim: Three Songs without Words (1952)  for cello and piano

               Viktor Ullman:  “Variationen Und Fuge Uber Ein Hebraisches Volkslied”
                         from the 7th piano sonata  (1944) 

 Johannes Brahms:  Sonata in f minor for piano and clarinet, Opus 120, No.1 (1894) 

         allegro appassionato
         andante un poco adagio
         allegretto grazioso


               Alexander Zemlinsky: Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano, Opus 3  (1895)

          allegro ma non troppo


Yamaha Piano Courtesy of Keyboard Concepts






Deux Melodies Hébraiques (1914)              Maurice Ravel


            L’Énigme Éterenelle

Marcus Feldman, Tenor      Mitch Newman, Violin



Simple Song from “Mass”  (1971)          Leonard Bernstein

Marcus Feldman, Tenor      Martin Glicklich, Flute



Jazz Set

            Lullaby of Bird Land

            What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?

            I Hope Gabriel Likes My Music

Magda Fishman and Jazz Ensemble



Koheleth (1972)            Aminadav Aloni


Round and Round

To Everything There Is a Season

Go Eat Your Bread with Joy

Sweet Is the Light

From Light to Darkness

Marcus Feldman, Magda Fishman, soloists

Valley Beth Shalom Choir      Orchestra      Jazz Ensemble

Wed, June 27, 2012 Ami Aloni Tribute Concert and CD Release


Sam Glaser, Producer

Chris Hardin, Director of VBS Choir


  1. Ana Hashem                                                 VBS Choir           
  2. Refaeynu                                                      Todd Herzog           
  3. Mikimi                                                            Ashira Hamilton           
  4. Pitchu Li                                                        Craig Taubman           
  5. Avinu Shebashamayim                                 Sam Glaser           
  6. Etz Chayim                                                    Herschel Fox           
  7. Don’t Ask Me To Leave You                          Judy Fox           
  8. V’shamru                                                       VBS Choir
  9. Mi Chamocha                                                Kenny Ellis
  10. Ahavat Olam                                                  Phil Baron and VBS Choir
  11. Modim                                                            Kathy Robbins           
  12. Blind Man’s Bluff                                            Katisse Buckingham           
  13. Hodo al Eretz                                                 Sam Glaser            
  14. Hodu L’Adonai                                                Dick Braun          
  15. Adonai, Adonai                                               Todd Herzog           
  16. Shalom Rav                                                    Ashira Hamilton           
  17. Go Eat Your Bread With Joy                           Rachel Reich Freed, Phil Baron, VBS Choir
  18. Don’t Ask Me To Leave You (Reprise)            Cast, VBS Choir                      
Sat, March 31, 2012 ISTORIA JUDIA


Concert Program


. . . the view from Israel

Selections from Song of Songs……………………………………………………………………………Marc Lavry (1903-1967)

      Text arranged by Max Brod

                  Prelude (Chapter 1:1)

                  Recitative (8:11)

                  Shulamith and the Shepherd (8:12, 1:7-8, 6:11)

                  March (3:6-10)

Ms. Elisa Ruiz         Mr. Gonzales          Cantor Biegeleisen


Uri Tsafon (4:16)………………………………………….Dov Carmel (b. 1932), arranged by Yeheskal Braun (b. 1922)

Ts’ena Urena Benot (3:11)…………………………………………………………………………………………………Yeheskal Braun


Selections from Dances of Love…………………………………………………………………….Aminadav Aloni (1929-1999)

1.     Dodi Yarad L’gano (6:2-3)

5.     Ki Hineh Hastav Avar (2:10-11)

Ms. Malkin


. . . the view from America

I am the Rose of Sharon (2:1-7, 10-11)………………..…………………………………………William Billings (1746-1800)

Set Me as a Seal upon Your Heart (6:1a, 7a)…………………………………………………………Nick Strimple (b. 1946)

Cantor Biegeleisen                  Ms. Surden


. . . the view from across the Pond

I Sat Down under His Shadow (2:3b-4)……………………………………………………Edward C. Bairstow (1874-1946)

Return, Return O Shulamite, from Flos Campi (6:13, 7:1)…………………Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)

Mr. Almeida


. . . in other words

I Beheld Her, Beautiful as a Dove……………………………………………………………………Healey Willan (1880-1968)

                                                                                                                            Roman Catholic Reponsory (8th century, C. E.)

Our Song of Songs……………………………………………………………………………………………Michael Isaacson (b. 1946)

          Lyric by Marcia Hain Engle

Ms. Malkin

Hanavah Babanot…………………………………………………………………………………………Moshe J. Rothblum (b. 1941)

      Lyric by A. Ne’eman

Cantor Dubin Aranof


. . . the Reader’s Digest version         

Shir Hasharim (1:1-3, 2:10-13, 4:16)……………………………………………………………………………………..Nick Strimple

Ms. RuizMr. Gonzales


. . . back to the beginning

Finale from Song of Songs (3:3-4, 8:6-7)……....………………………………………………………………………….Marc Lavry

Ms. Ruiz     Mr. Gonzales     Cantor Bigeleisen







MARCH 10, 2012


Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano


 with Marija Stroke, piano

and Jennifer Taira, clarinet





Joaquin Rodrigo (1901-99)

Cancion del Grumete
Esta niña se lleva la flor


Gabriel Faure (1845-1924)

Les Berceaux

Claire de Lune

En Sourdine



 Bruce Adolphe (B. 1955)

Do You Dream in Color?(poem by Laurie Rubin)




Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Der Hirt auf dem Felsen (The Shepherd on the Rock)


Aminadav Aloni (1928-1999)

Set Me as a Seal


George Gershwin (1898-1937)


Someone to Watch Over Me


Yiddish Medley

Music by Abraham Ellstein (1907-63)

Lyrics by Molly Picon (1898-1992)

Oi Mamme, Mazel, and Abi Gezunt


Autobiography of Laurie Rubin

When my parents and Valley Beth Shalom members, Arnold and Lilly Rubin, found out that their 3-month-old daughter was blind with no foreseeable treatment or cure, they realized that they were in store for a bunch of firsts.  They had never known anyone who was blind or who had a blind child, and they also knew that most of their friends and family in their immediate circle would be confronting blindness for the first time.  Even though the first time dealing with any situation can be daunting, it can also be a lot of fuNeal Schnall, who was the principal of VBS Hebrew School, took on the challenge of integrating me seamlessly into classes with sighted kids with a great deal of enthusiasm.  It was he who found the Jewish Braille Institute in New York City which sent me all text books, Siddurim, and other materials I needed in Braille.  Because VBS had welcomed me and the unique challenge I posed for them, I gave them one of their firsts in return.  I became the first congregation member to be Bat Mitzvah there.  I will never forget the butterflies in my stomach as I placed my large Braille books containing my Torah portion, roughly the size of a volume of the Britannica Encyclopedia, on top of the unfurled Torah scroll, and the sense of triumph and relief as I made it through yet another bit of the chanting without messing up. I also remember a disturbance that took place in the middle of the service, and heard people talking in whispers followed by the unmistakable sound of furniture being moved.  I thought nothing of it at the time, but I soon learned that the synagogue had received an unprecedented number of congregation members entering the main sanctuary that day, so much so that they had to add row upon row of folding chairs to accommodate everyone.  There was nothing particularly special about the way I chanted the prayers or Torah portion, nor any particular pearls of wisdom I had to offer that would motivate people far and wide from all nooks and crannies of the San Fernando Valley to show up.  What compelled them to come was a sheer curiosity.  How does a blind person read?  How does Braille work?  How is she able to lead an entire service??  It was the first time I had ever thought about the fact that I educate people by example, and that my simple existence was enlightening people about how different people can accomplish day-to-day tasks.

It was the Jewish community that provided some of the very memorable first experiences for me.  Friends of my parents who chaired local divisions of the UJF and ADL asked me to sing at their benefit dinner soon after I started singing, thus providing the very first gigs I would ever have as a singer performing for the public.  It was because of the Jewish community that I got to sing my first National Anthem on TV.  Because Mayoral candidate Richard Riordan wanted to get into the good graces of the various communities in Los Angeles, he happened to be at a Yad B’Yad dinner at which I happened to be singing the National Anthem, and he then asked me, at age 14, to ring in his inauguration with the National Anthem which, much to my great bewilderment at the time, was broadcast on every single local channel imaginable.

I proceeded to become the first blind student to attend and then graduate from Oakwood School, a small college preparatory school in North Hollywood, and then went to Oberlin College and Conservatory in Ohio where I studied voice.  For the very first time, I was not the first blind student to attend a school.  Though being a trail blazer has its perks, it was wonderful to reap the benefits of a place that had seen other blind people be successful before, with teachers who were more laid back about my presence and were confident that I would do well without my having to put so much effort into proving myselfAlas, the safety and protection of a university does not last forever, but it gave me a confidence to tackle the real world that I would be thrust into after graduation.  After receiving my Master of Music degree from Yale University, I moved to New York and began to find my place in the classical music world.  Like most young people in New York, I felt lost and frustrated for a couple years.  For me, it wasn't only that I was a singer whom nobody had heard of, but I had one missing piece to the package that any opera company takes for granted.  I had no way of seeing the stage, and I was a liability.  Fortunately, we all are lucky enough in life to have those who believe in our abilities unconditionally.  Luckily for me, some of those people were recital presenters, opera directors, and conductors of orchestras, thus landing me some amazing gigs singing at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Parco Auditorium della Musica in Rome, and a handful of lead opera roles, including Rossini's "La Cenerentola" (Cinderella).

My CD, which was just released, entitled, "Do You Dream in Color" represents many aspects of who I am.  The title track is a collaboration between me and the composer Bruce Adolphe which takes listeners on a tour of my life as an artist who happens to be blind.  The CD also contains a cycle of four songs in Hebrew, setting the poetry of the late poet Leah Goldberg, and those pieces contain a deep cry that Jews around the world recognize in one another, making us all family.

In just a few months, my autobiography, also entitled "Do You Dream in Color," will be published by Seven Stories Press.  The book details my life of firsts from the rite of passage of becoming a Jewish woman with Hebrew Braille texts laid out on the Torah, to the emotional growing pains of being a teen made more traumatic by being the only blind student at my school, to the struggles and triumphs of coming into my own as an adult and an artist who happens to be blind.

I am always an open book for my audiences, both in the way I share music, and in the way Ioffer my life story to people.  For it may be the first time they will see a blind opera singer onstage, and I certainly hope it will not be the last.


Bruce Adolphe, Composer (b. 1955)

Recently named Composer-in-Residence at the Brain and Creativity Institute at USC, Bruce Adolphe has composed music for some of the world’s greatest musicians, including Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Sylvia McNair, the Beaux Arts Trio, the Brentano String Quartet, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Miami Quartet, Chicago Chamber Musicians, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

A key figure at The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center since 1992, Mr. Adolphe is currently the Society's resident lecturer and director of family concerts. His lectures are filmed and available on the Internet from The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. He has appeared weekly on public radio's Performance Today since 2002, performing his Piano Puzzlers. The program, hosted by Fred Child, was originally broadcast by National Public Radio, and is now produced by American Public Media has over 175,000 podcast subscribers.

Mr. Adolphe has been a featured commentator in nationally broadcast Live from Lincoln Center television programs. From 2001 to 2005 he was a lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His lecture series at Lincoln Center, Inside Chamber Music, is now in its 19th season.

Mr. Adolphe has received numerous commissions in the United States and Europe, including the Washington Performing Arts Society to compose a one-act opera about Marian Anderson with a libretto by novelist Carolivia Herron, and the Palazzo Strozzi in Florence to compose a work based on texts and paintings by Bronzino in conjunction with exhibitions at both the Palazzo Strozzi and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The work, Of Art and Onions: Homage to Bronzino, was premiered at both institutions in 2010.

In the 2011-12 season, Adolphe’s cantata about social justice and civil liberties —Reach Out, Raise Hope, Change Society — was premiered by the Chamber Choir and musicians of the School of Music of the University of Michigan conducted by Jerry Blackstone. It was commissioned to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the School of Social Work.

Recordings of Adolphe’s music have been produced by the Telarc, Delos, CRI, Summit, Koch, Naxos, Albany, and PollyRhythm labels. A recording of Mr. Adolphe's music produced by The Milken Archives of Jewish Music on the Naxos  “American Classics” label won a Grammy for producer David Frost in 2005.  Adolphe’s film scores include the permanent documentary at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.

Marija Strokes

Pianist Marija Stroke has performed in chamber music and solo recitals throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Russia and Hong Kong. Described by the New York Times as “delightfully extroverted, Ms. Stroke’s playing was splendid,” Ms. Stroke performs at such music festivals as Caramoor, the City of London Festival, Soirées des Junies in France, Chamber Music Virginia, the Moab Festival in Utah, La Jolla Summerfest, Juneau Jazz and Classics, and Chamber Music Northwest. She has made concerto appearances in the United States, France, Germany and Austria.

The Apollo Trio, in which Ms. Stroke plays with violinist Curtis Macomber and cellist Michael Kannen, has performed to critical acclaim in the United States and in Europe. In addition to frequent appearances at American music festivals – from the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York to Chamber Music Northwest in Portland, Oregon (most recently with the world premiere of David Schiff’s Borscht Belt Follies, written for the Apollo Trio, David Krakauer, Dave Taylor and Michael Sarin) and on chamber music series throughout the United States – the trio has also performed at prominent New York venues, including Caramoor, Bargemusic, Avery Fisher Hall, Weill Hall at Carnegie, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Ms. Stroke is also co-artistic director with Bruce Adolphe of the Garden City Chamber Music Society.

Marija Stroke is married to composer Bruce Adolphe and they live in New York City with their daughter Katja and their opera and jazz singing parrot Polly Rhythm.


Jennifer Taira

Jennifer Taira has performed extensively throughout the United States as a clarinetist and collaborative pianist. Recent performances include concerts at Carnegie Hall, the Greenwich Music Festival, National Press Club, State Department and French Embassy in Washington D.C., Ruth Eckard Hall in Tampa, Florida, West Chester University, and Zipper Hall in Los Angeles, California.

She is co- founder of Musique à la Mode Chamber Music Ensemble and the Music at the Bowery Series in Manhattans East Village. She has performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, New Britain Symphony, and the Royal Hawaiian Band.  She has been the recipient of many awards and scholarships, including a full fellowship to study at the Kent/Blossom Music Festival, winner of the Winnetka Music Club Scholarship, and prize winner in the Evanston Music Club Scholarship Competition.

Jennifer is one of the founders of Ohana Arts, an exciting new performing arts festival and school in Honolulu, Hawaii where she serves as Artistic Director. She is music director for the Ohana Arts Summer Musical Theater Workshop for youth ages 8-18, and conductor of the culminating productions pit orchestra.

Jennifer is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree and studied with Russell Dagon. She received a Master of Music degree from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with David Shifrin and Lawrence McDonald, and was a recipient of the Keith Wilson Scholarship.

Jennifer is also a multimedia artist, and in her spare time runs her own multimedia production company, Studio Cloud Nine.

Sun, January 22, 2012 Souls on Fire Concert
Sun, September 11, 2011 Remembering 9/11 - 10 Year Commemorative Community Concert
Fri, May 20, 2011 New Music from the Rome Ghetto


Music from the Rome Ghetto:

Yotam Haber’s “Death will come and she shall have your eyes” (2008)


Rose Beattie, mezzo-soprano

Members of UCLA Philharmonia

Neal Stulberg, conductor


Friday, May 20, 2011

Valley Beth Shalom

Encino, CA


Sponsored by the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles



II.         Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi

III.         Loan

IV.         BERESHÌT



Members of UCLA Philharmonia


Violin I

Boryana Popova, concertmaster

Mai Kurosawa

Richard Silvers

Margaret Wu


Violin II

Pablo Hopenhayn, principal

Elliott Ephrati

Connor Vance

Dorothy Wang



Paula Karolak, principal

Ben Bartelt

Daniel Stephens



Phoebe Ping, principal

Kendall Fisher

Kimberly Maher



Ian Sharp


Special thanks to Ethan Braun, audio engineer; Perla Karney, Artistic Director

Dortort Center for Creativity in the Arts at UCLA Hillel; and Richard Braun, Chairman, Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles


Program notes


This song-cycle for string orchestra, voice, and archival recordings from the 1950s of cantors from the Tempio Maggiore in Rome (made by the ethnomusicologist Leo Levi, to whom I am indebted) explores the ancient music of the Roman Jewish community in a modern voice, combining biblical texts, modern poetry by Italian and American poets, as well as the notorious 1555 Papal Bull by Paul IV, Cum Nimis Absurdum.


The first movement, CUM NIMIS ABSURDUM, begins with a setting of the opening text of the papal bull, with furious, vicious string-writing. The singer begins with sharply dissonant, quartertone pitches, but as the movement progresses, the melody changes to an old Roman Jewish melody for Bayyamim Hahem – sung during Tishà Beàv. Though she sings the Latin text of the bull, the original words to the melody (translated from Hebrew) are:


In those days, at that time, in the first month, that is the month of Nisan, on the fourteenth

day of the month, Menachem, the son of Amiel, shall suddenly come; his goodness shall bloom in the valley of Arbel, and he shall wear on his body garments of revenge.


The second half of the movement shifts in tone from bitterness to sadness, and we hear Echa Ahuvim from the Book of Lamentations sung to a Roman Jewish melody.


Though the second movement is primarily a setting of a Cesare Pavese poem, Verrà la morte e avrà i tuoi occhi, we first hear a Leo Levi recording of a Roman cantor singing Psalm 91, a sort of protective “amulet psalm” expressing a God’s unflagging providential protection. The orchestra is playing the same tune, each player on his own time, like a synagogue full of worshippers, together yet alone. Meanwhile, the mezzo-soprano is singing quietly Pavese’s words as a duet to the recording, She finishes the movement with the first stanza of his poem, sung in Hebrew (translated by Leo Levi in 1971).


The third movement is a setting of Jorie Graham’s poem, Loan. It is a torrent of words, and for me, a fragile yet powerful poem of hope and reconciliation that encapsulates ideas of forgiveness and healing.


In the beginning of the fourth movement we hear a Leo Levi recording of a Roman cantor singing the first few lines of Genesis, while the orchestra punctuates the melody with insistent repeated notes – punctuating his words. Only as he is coming to a close does the mezzo-soprano interject with the second stanza of Cesare Pavese’s poem, once again sung in Hebrew to the same melody used for the recitation of Genesis.


The fifth movement begins with a fragment from Psalm 111, psalm of thanksgiving, and it is set with a peaceful, serene Roman melody. The orchestra does not interfere but rather supports and cushions the singer’s words. From a kaleidoscope of whirring string harmonics emerges an archival recording of the sounding of the Shofar at the Tempio Maggiore of Rome in the early 1950s. When it ends, we hear the end of Pavese’s poem, sung to a melody we heard fragmented  in the harsh first movement, now transformed into a graceful, even, serene finish to the cycle.


My gratitude to the American Academy in Rome, Walter Brunetto, archivist at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Dr. Kenneth Stow, Professor of Jewish History, Haifa University; Don Harran, Professor in the Department of Musicology at Hebrew University; Marisa Patulli Trythall; and Yaala Levi, daughter of Leo Levi.


This work is in five movements, played without pause.


- Yotam Haber






Yotam Haber, 33, was born in Holland and is a citizen of Israel and the United States. He grew up in Milwaukee, and attended Indiana University, studying with Eugene O’Brienand Claude Baker. He completed a doctorate in composition at Cornell Universityin 2004, studying with Roberto Sierra and Steven Stucky. He spent 2000 in Bologna, Italy, as part of the Course on Use of Live Electronics, taught by Alvise Vidolin(Luigi Nono’s sound engineer) and the composer Adriano Guarnieri. He received a 2002 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Awardfor his chamber orchestra work, In Sleep a King, and one in 2004 for his double clarinet quintet, Blur. In 2004, he also won the second bi-annual ASCAP/CBDNA Frederick Fennell Prizefor the wind ensemble work, Espresso, which was performed at Carnegie Hallby Rutgers Wind Ensemble, directed by William Berz, and consequently recorded for release in the fall of 2006. He has been a Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center(studying with George Benjamin and Osvaldo Golijov), the Aspen Music Festival(studies with Chris Rouse and Nicholas Maw), and been in residence at the Aaron Copland House, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts. His music has been performed in Germany, Italy, Holland, and across the U.S. Haber currently resides in New York City and Rome and is a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow.


Haber received the 2007-2008 Frederic A. Juilliard/ Walter Damrosch Rome Prize and resided at the American Academy in Romefor a year beginning in September 2007. He has recently been commissioned by architect Peter Zumthor and his wife Annalisato compose two works for premiere in Vals, Switzerland, 2009. From the American Composers Forumand the Jerome Composers Commissioning Program, he received a commission to write for MAYA.


Haber is the newly appointed artistic director of MATA, the non-profit organization that has, for the past thirteen years, been dedicated to commissioning and presenting works by young composers from around the world.




Mezzo-soprano Rose Beattiegrew up in Edgewood, WA and moved to Los Angeles to attend the USC Thornton School of Music, where she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. She has since completed her DMA degree at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music.

In 2009, Ms. Beattie sang Hippolyta in Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” as a guest artist at the Seattle Opera Young Artists Program and Santuzza in Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” with Lyric Opera Northwest.  She has been sponsored by the International Festival Society to sing with the TOP Opera in Austria.  Other opera credits include Madame Flora in Menotti’s “The Medium,” Principesa in Puccini’s “Suor Angelica,” Dorabella in Mozart’s “Così fan tutte,” Mercedes in Bizet’s “Carmen” and Fate in the premiere of Ian Krouse’s “Lorca, Child of the Moon.”

As a concert soloist in Los Angeles, Ms. Beattie most recently performed Wagner’s “Wesendonk Lieder,” Jake Heggie’s “Statuesque,” and Berlioz’s “Les Nuits d’Eté.”  Rose’s Los Angeles Master Chorale solos include Ricky Ian Gordon’s “Grapes of Wrath,” and in December 2009, Handel’s “Messiah.”

As a student, Ms. Beattie was chosen as an “All-Star” concerto soloist at UCLA, received a Los Angeles Young Artist of the Future Competition finalist award and a USC Excellence and Leadership Award.  She also taught six UCLA courses, including “The Construction of Women in Western Opera,” an interdisciplinary course she created.



Heralded by the Los Angeles Times as ". . .a shining example of podium authority and musical enlightenment," Neal Stulberg garners consistent international acclaim for performances of clarity, insight and conviction. 


In North America, Mr. Stulberg has led the Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, National, New Jersey, New World, Pacific, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Utah and Vancouver symphonies, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, among others.  He is a recipient of the Seaver/National Endowment for the Arts Conductors Award, America's most coveted conducting prize, and has served as assistant conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic under Carlo Maria Giulini and music director of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.


Mr. Stulberg's European career was launched in September 1997 when he stepped in on short notice to conduct the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in a program of Bartok and Kodaly.  He was immediately re-engaged by that orchestra to conduct on the prestigious VARA series in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw and has subsequently appeared in Holland with the Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, North Holland Philharmonic, Gelders Orchestra, Netherlands Ballet Orchestra and Nieuw Sinfonietta Amsterdam.  Engagements in Germany include the WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln and the orchestras of Augsburg, Bochum, Dortmund, Herford, Freiburg, Muenster, Nürnberg, Oldenburg and Rostock.  In September 2000 he made his Scandinavian debut with the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, and subsequently led performances with the Athens State Orchestra, London Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Barcelona Liceu Orchestra and Norwegian National Opera Orchestra.  


A frequent guest conductor in Asia, Israel and Russia, Mr. Stulberg has appeared with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Seoul Philharmonic, Korea Philharmonic (KBS), Taipei Symphony, Haifa Symphony Orchestra, Israel Sinfonietta, St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and Moscow Chamber Orchestra, among others.  In July 1999 he made his Australian debut, conducting the Queensland, Adelaide and West Australian symphonies and in November 2002 led debut performances with the Mexico City Philharmonic.


Neal Stulberg is also an acclaimed pianist, appearing regularly as recitalist, chamber musician and with major orchestras and at international festivals as pianist/conductor.  His performances of Mozart concertos conducted from the keyboard are uniformly praised for their buoyant virtuosity and interpretive vigor.


Mr. Stulberg has given premieres of works by Steve Reich, Dmitri Smirnov, Joan Tower, Peter Schat and Peter van Onna, led the period-instrument orchestra Philharmonia Baroque in a festival of Mozart orchestral and operatic works,  and has brought to life several silent movies from the early 1900s, including the Russian classic New Babylon, Shostakovich's first film score.  In 2001, he conducted Philip Glass' opera Akhnaten at the Rotterdam Festival and Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face with Long Beach Opera in Los Angeles.  He has recorded for West German Radio, Donemus and the Composers Voice label.


A native of Detroit, Mr. Stulberg is a graduate of Harvard College, the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School.  He studied conducting with Franco Ferrara at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, piano with Leonard Shure, Theodore Lettvin, William Masselos and Mischa Kottler, and viola with Ara Zerounian.  He currently serves as Professor and Director of Orchestral Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Director of Chamber Music at the Elizabeth Mandell Music Institute of the Crossroads School in Santa Monica.

Sun, March 6, 2011 Love Thy Neighbor – The Stranger in our Midst – The Eighth Annual Interfaith Symposium/Concert A PDF of the entire program, including biographies and program notes, is attached below and may be downloaded. Performers: Lauren Buckley and Emily May, sopranos Marc Lowenstein, tenor Calista Hoffman, mezzo soprano Judy Dubin Aranoff and Jay Harwit, cantors Tali Tadmor, piano Haesung Park, organ Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir Choral Society of Southern California Los Angeles Zimriyah Chorale Conducted by Nick Strimple Concert Program: Haleluya. Haleli nafshi - Salamone Rossi (c. 1570-c. 1630) Congregational Hymn: Teach Us O Lord Two from the “Foundling Hospital Anthem” - George Frideric Handel (1685-1750) Poor Man Lazrus - African American Spiritual, arranged by Jester Hairston (1901-2000) Hine Ma Tov - Nick Strimple (b. 1946) On the Other Side of Daybreak (premiere) - Michael Isaacson (b. 1946) Song of Ruth - Petr Eben (1929-2007) Reading from the Book of Ruth - Hebrew Chant Congregational Hymn #434 - “Today We All Are Called to Be Disciples” Bridge Over Troubled Waters - Paul Simon (b. 1941) Agnus Dei from “Missa brevis in Festo Nativitatis” - William Hilsley (1911-2003) Haftorah Reading - Hebrew Chant The Lady with the Lamp – Max Helfman (1901-1963) Ubi caritas - Max Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986) Hymn Anthem for Congregation and Choir: - What Shall I Render to My God? Yes
Sun, January 30, 2011 SOULS ON FIRE Yes
Fri, January 21, 2011 Shabbat Shira - New Perspectives on Jewish Music

The PDF of the entire program is uploaded below.

Tue, October 12, 2010 Stories from My Favorite Planet - Daniel Pearl World Music Day Stories From My Favorite Planet: A Musical Tribute to Journalist Daniel Pearl Mitchell Newman, Violin Russell Steinberg, Piano PROGRAM Aria for a Calmer World (World Premiere) Russell Steinberg (3 minutes) Heart of the World Russell Steinberg (11 minutes) Genesis of a Commission (5 minutes) I n t e r m i s s i o n Stories From My Favorite Planet Russell Steinberg (45 minutes) Text by Daniel Pearl Violin and Reader, Mitchell Newman Piano and Reader, Russell Steinberg I. Music: Overture: Driving from CA to MA II. Article: Going to the Top Won’t Get You to Bottom of Bureaucracy Music: Bureaucracy Runaround (Music) III. Article: Search for Mercy Ends in Tears on Quiet Kosovo Street Music: Tears in Kosovo IV. Article: Missing Violin’s Case: The Finder Fiddles While Losers Sue Music: Missing Violin Tango V. Article: Underground Trade: Much-Smuggled Gem Helps Bin-Laden Supporters Music: Tanzanite Tarantella VI. Article: Daniel Pearl Murdered Music: Elegy VII. Article: Registry Saga, Part 2: Intrepid Reporter-Driver Outlasts Chief Music: Epilogue Stories From My Favorite Planet was commissioned by the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Audio CDs of the work are available at Program Notes Aria for a Calmer World This brief piece spins out a long meditative bel canto line over gently pulsing chords. Its simplicity and directness is both in the spirit of tolerance promoted by Daniel Pearl Music Days and a “deep breath” before the Heart of the World Heart of the World is dedicated to the memory of Raymond Benjamin, husband of Metuka Benjamin, a renowned educator both in Los Angeles with the Stephen S. Wise Temple Schools and in Israel. Ray was a great lover of music and strong supporter of Israel. I remember him as remarkably humble and highly educated. The title of this piece comes from a Hebrew poem by Avraham Ben Yitzhak called “Blessed are they that sow but do not reap”: Blessed are they who know their hearts will cry out from the wilderness and that quiet will blossom from their lips. Blessed are these for they will be gathered to the heart of the world... The image of a thrown stone creating ripples in a pond preoccupied me, with its associations of reverberation and disintegration. And in fact, the piece both begins and ends with chords struck in various repetitive patterns to evoke ripples. Amid these ripples is a nostalgia for the beauty and direct expression of Baroque musical textures, evident in clear tonal harmonies and melodic decoration and textures. In a quest for simplicity, a simple sad waltz in g minor dominates the entire work. The piano develops this melody and turns it upside-down in a more impassioned middle section. The violin interrupts several times with solo lines reminiscent of Vivaldi. At the climax, the violin soars over a melodramatic waltz variation until the music ultimately disintegrates back into the ripples with which it began. Stories From My Favorite Planet On an intuitive hunch, filmmaker Error! Contact not Kempner urged me to meet Daniel Pearl’s parents. The Pearls captivated me with stories of Danny’s humor and insight. I had already known that both of us had grown up in Encino and attended Birmingham High School. What I didn’t know was that Danny himself was an accomplished violinist and that his passion to play music helped him establish networks of friends wherever he went. How fascinating that Danny’s curiosity and brilliant journalism led him from humble Encino to ultimately the central nexus of world politics. When I read his articles, I laughed out-loud at his sense of the ridiculous and his love for the creative ways people devised to deal with difficult situations. The title “Stories From My Favorite Planet” was suggested by Danny’s father Judea. I’ve chosen five of Danny’s articles to evoke the journey of his career, each accompanied by music to provide an emotional context. We begin at the North Adams Transcript in Massachussetts where a young Danny delivers a hilarious indictment against the bureaucracy of the Registry of Motor Vehicles. Next is a powerful story set in Kosovo where Danny tries to discover if any Serb and Albanian friendships still remain amidst the war. Perhaps Danny’s most humorous article concerns the rediscovery of a UCLA-owned Stradivarius violin that fell off the roof of someone's car but whose new owner is loathe to return it! Danny writes: Ms. Salvato insists she only wants what is right for the instrument. The university "lost it once," she says. "They're really not careful." Musically, I couldn’t resist setting this movement as a tango. The climax is a musical tarantella that follows one of Danny’s darkest stories concerning Osama Bin Laden's gem smuggling trade in Africa. Here Danny discovers how passionately Islamic fundamentalists want to kill Americans, eerily anticipating his own fate. In the musical elegy that follows, you will hear a ‘ghost’ version of the earlier tango. There was no way I was going to end this piece on a depressed note. Danny Pearl’s wit would not stand for it! So we end near the beginning with a sequel to the first article where Danny gloats that he has outlasted the last chief of the Motor Vehicle Registry, only to learn that you can’t beat City Hall! “Stories From My Favorite Planet” was commissioned by the Daniel Pearl Foundation for the second annual worldwide Daniel Pearl Music Day. Russell Steinberg Composer, conductor, performer, and lecturer Russell Steinberg received a Ph.D. in Music from Harvard University, an M.M. from the New England Conservatory, and a B.A. from UCLA. He studied composition most notably with Leon Kirchner, Arthur Berger, Elaine Barkin, and Kenneth Klauss. His works range from solo to chamber and orchestral and have been performed worldwide. This fall 2010 a West Coast tour of six concerts features his Daniel Pearl Foundation commission STORIES FROM MY FAVORITE PLANET performed with LA Philharmonic violinist Mitchell Newman in Santa Barbara, Encino, La Jolla, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and downtown Los Angeles. Recent awards and commissions include an ASCAPLUS Award, Orbit E for the Sonora Chamber Ensemble, a Gold Medal Jury’s Choice at the Park City Film Music Festival for SOMETHING TRUE, and Heart of the World for the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). The Westchester Symphony in New York and the Hopkins Symphony in Baltimore jointly commissioned Steinberg’s first symphony CityStrains. Steinberg is Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra, a group that includes students from over 60 schools in the LA area and performs at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills and the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles ( A recent Lecturer on the UCLA Faculty, Steinberg is also a popular speaker for pre-concert events with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New West Symphony, and the La Jolla Music Society SummerFest. Special public lectures in winter 2011 include Mahler’s symphonies, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, and the Brahms Intermezzi. He is the creator of AudioMaps®, an innovative approach to music listening intended for beginners as well as connoisseurs. His books AudioMaps® To The Beethoven Symphonies, vol. 1 and 2 were published in 2008 and 2009 respectively. Available recordings of Steinberg’s music include Stories From My Favorite Planet, produced by the Daniel Pearl Foundation (available at, Flute Sonata recorded by Michelle Stanley and produced by Centaur Records, and Desert Stars, a recording of Steinberg’s music for piano and classical guitar. Information about Steinberg’s current performances and lectures is available at Mitchell Newman Violinist Mitchell Newman, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, is a regular participant in the Philharmonic's Chamber Music Society and Green Umbrella series. He also performs with the Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music, and will join them on their 2007 tour to Mexico. He can be heard on their recording of the First and Third String Quartets of Carlos Chávez. Newman and his wife, pianist Kim O'Reilly, perform their own arrangements of music for violin and piano left-hand. He also gives regular performances with the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival in the San Francisco area. In January 2008 Newman will play Vivaldi's Four Seasons concertos with the Knoxville (Tennessee) Symphony. Currently, Newman teaches privately and at Pepperdine University, Malibu, and is the co-founder/conductor of the West Los Angeles College Summer Youth Orchestra. He recently started Hilltop Boot Camp: Orchestra Audition Preparation for Strings. Dedication This concert is dedicated to promoting increasing toleration and understanding among the nations of the world as envisioned by Daniel Pearl Foundation and its creation of Daniel Pearl Music Days. We would like to especially recognize Judea and Ruth Pearl for the special work they are doing with their foundation. Donations to the Daniel Pearl Foundation are fully tax deductible and may be sent to: Daniel Pearl Foundation c/o Jewish Music Commission of LA 16161 Ventura Blvd, Suite C, PMB 621 Encino, CA 91436 Our Special Thanks to: Richard Braun and the Jewish Music Commission Debbie Devine Rabbi Edward Feinstein Julie Heyman Judea and Ruth Pearl and the Daniel Pearl Foundation Erika Torrei and the Athenaeum Library Leonard Wallock and the Taubman Symposia in Jewish Studies at UCSB About Daniel Pearl World Music Days Tonight's concert is dedicated to Danny Pearl...his life was brutally taken away by those who only bow to the gods of hate, fanaticism and bigotry. Danny is missed by all who still believe that goodness and courage can overcome all injustices. Daniel Pearl World Music Days was created in response to the 2002 kidnapping and murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl at the hands of extremists in Karachi, Pakistan. Danny's family and friends came together to work towards a more humane world, forming the Daniel Pearl Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to promote cross-cultural understanding through journalism, music, and innovative communications. Danny was a talented musician who joined musical groups in every community in which he lived, leaving behind a long trail of musician-friends spanning the entire world. Commemorating Danny's October 10th birthday, World Music Days uses the universal language of music to encourage fellowship across cultures and build a platform for "Harmony for Humanity." Yes
Fri, May 7, 2010 On Wings of Song: the Music & Soul of Felix Mendelssohn

Introduction - Rabbi Edward Feinstein. Lecture - Neal Brostoff - The Life and Music of Felix Mendelssohn and Relationship with Richard Wagner. Staged Reading of scenes from "Mendelssohn! On Wings of Song" by Jacqueline Bassan, with Geoffrey Going, Kristina Reyes, Miller Daurey, Derrel Friedman, Michelle Baron & Anna Berg. Israel Heller, violin.
Selected Mendelssohn Lieder - Laurie Rubin, mezzo-soprano; Neal Brostoff, piano.
Trio in D minor, Op.49 - Mark Kashper, violin; Barry Gold, cello; Neal Brostoff, piano.

Sun, March 14, 2010 FACING THE STORM: Seventh Annual Interfaith Symposium & Concert Symposium - Feinstein, Tanton, Schulweis, Smith, Strimple, Worth; Concert - Nick Strimple, Director. Music of Songs of Ascent from Goudimel, Novakowsky, Palestrina, Genevan Psalter, Harant, Duffy*, Isaacson*, Traditional Hebrew and Cantillation, Hohvaness, Strimple, Bar-Lev*, Lowenstein, Mogley*, Parry. (First Performance*) Cantor Joseph Gole, tenor; Nele Nikolaeva, violin; Haesung Park, organ; Ayana Haviv, Soprano; Tali Tadmor, piano; Paul Kujawsky, tof; Lauren Buckley; soprano; Cantor Judy Dubin Aranoff, alto; Marc Lowenstein, tenor; Emily May, soprano; Charlene Chi, mezzo-soprano; Cale Olsen, baritone. LA Zimriyah, BHPC Chancel Choir, LAVIE, Choral Society of So. Cal. Yes
Sat, January 9, 2010 Sutzkever Symposium Yes
Fri, December 18, 2009 Shabbat Hanukkah - Or Ha'Am by Aminadav Aloni Or Ha'Am (The Light of the Nation) Oratorio by Aminadav Aloni Valley Beth Shalom Congregational Choir with Soloists: Cantor Phil Baron, Elaine Rosen, Jennifer Rea Hardin, Ariella Vaccarino. Members of the VBS Symphony,Mark Kashper, Concertmaster; Dr. Noreen Green, Director Yes
Wed, November 11, 2009 Sam Glaser and Friends

Sam Glaser and ensemble in original songs of love and devotion. #World Premiere - A Song for Peace for Veterans Day 2009

Wed, May 20, 2009 In the Spirit of the Moment Songs by American and Israeli Composers Featuring: Timur Bekbusonov, Tenor; Steven Vanhauweer, piano; Andrew Nathaniel McIntosh, viola. Composers:  Marc Lowenstein, Nick Strimple, Walter Arlen, Maria Newman, Gil Shohat, Kurt Weill, Friederich Hollander, Hans Eisler, Aminadav Aloni, Walter Jurmann Yes
Sun, March 15, 2009 FORGIVENESS & ATONEMENT: Sixth Annual Interfaith Symposium & Concert

Symposium - Feinstein, Glatstein, Schulweis, Smith, Strimple, Worth;
Concert - Music by Bach, Brahms, Geruta, Leonard, Pepping, Strimple, Vaughan Williams, Zilberts. Cantor Cory Winter, tenor; Tali Tadmor, piano; Linda Brown, organ
LA Zimriyah, BHPC Chancel Choir, Choral Society of So. Cal. USC Thotnton School of Music Brass Ensemble. Student Art Contest

Fri, November 21, 2008 A Test of Faith

Pulpit Drama in one act based on Binding of Isaac First Prize winner in Jewish Music Commission competition 1987* Score - Lawrence Goldberg; libretto - Marcia Hain Engle. Abraham - Jonathan Mack, tenor; God, Narrator - Ron Li-Paz, baritone; Isaac - Jonathan Zur - boy soprano; Lawrence Goldberg, conductor; Michael Isaacson, producer,. Instrumental ensemble

Sun, August 3, 2008 Eunice Keem in Private Recital for JMCLA Members

Eunice Keem, violin; Valeria Morgovsky, piano
Music by
Schubert, Ysaye, Szymanowski and Sarasate

Sun, March 9, 2008 Angels: Interfaith Symposium and Concert Symposium - Feinstein, Glatstein, Schulweis, Smith, Strimple, Worth Dinner. Student Art Contest Concert - Music by Sharlin, Rothblum, Williams, Tchaikovsky, Hassler, Handel, Strimple, Isaacson, Mendelssohn, Fauré. Performers: Catherine Cooper, soprano; Tara Smith, soprano; Cantor Judy Dubin Aranoff, alto; Cantor Ira Biegelsen, bass; Cale Olson, baritone; Michael Isaacson, narrator; Francis Nobert, organ; Mikhail Morgovsky, piano; Gale Levant, harp; Amy Shulman, harp; LA Zimriyah, BHPC Chancel Choir, LAVIE, Choral Society of So. Cal. Yes
Thu, January 24, 2008 Chronicles II More Teachings from a Jewish Life at the Classical Piano. Rabbi Moshe Cotel - works by Gershwin, Rimsky-Korsakoff, Ellstein and Cotel transcriptions. Yes
Sun, December 16, 2007 Seeds of Sun

Award-winning New York based 5-piece band that brings new perspectives on World Jazz through Israeli and South American influences.
Mattan Klein, Bandleader, Flute
Meytal Muallem, Vocals
Yoav Polachek, Piano
Gustavo Amarante, Bass
Dan Aran, Drums

Tue, April 3, 2007 The Prophets: Interfaith Symposium and Concert

Symposium - Feinstein, Glatstein, Schulweis, Smith, Strimple, Worth;
Concert - Music by Brahms, Handel, Hilsley, Lewandowski, Mendelssohn, Pik, Rothblum, Rothschild, Schubert, Strimple & Vaughan Williams.
Cantors Ira Biegelsen, Herschel Fox and Joseph Gole, Emily May, soprano; Omar Crook, tenor; Steven Argila, organ; Michael Morgovsky, piano; LA Zimriyah, BHPC Chancel Choir, Choral Society of So. Cal.
Dinner; Student Art Contest

Wed, July 5, 2006 Professor Joseph Dorfman Memorial Concert Memorial Prayer - El Maleh Rachamim - Cantor Hershel Fox; Two selections from Five Images After Chagall - Dorfman; Heather Millette, clarinet; Tilman Kanitz, cello; Svetlana Transky, piano; - Ravel - Ayana Haviv, soprano; Neal Brostoff, piano; Hebrew Melody - Achron; Mark Kashper, violin; Neal Brostoff, piano; From Yiddish Folk Poetry, Opus 79 - Shostakovich; Ayana Haviv, soprano; Alma Mora, mezzo; Mark Saltzman, tenor' Neal Brostoff, piano; Daniel Pollack, piano - Liszt -Consolation Number 3 in D-flat Yes
Wed, June 7, 2006 Shostakovich at 100 Joseph Dorfman, concert pianist, Shostakovich scholar Buchman-Mehta School of Music Tel Aviv University; Hila Plitman, soprano; Alma Mora, mezzo; Mark Salatzman, tenor; David Kasap, accordion; Mark Kashper, violin; Barry Gold, cello; Neal Brostoff,Piano. A Bouquet of Yiddish Folk Songs; From Yiddish Folk Poetry, Opus 79 - Shostakovich; Trio, in memoriam Dimitri Shostakovich - Dorfman {Professor Dorman died during intermission - the Shostakovich songs were not performed} Yes
Sun, February 12, 2006 In the Beginning: Interfaith Symposium and Concert Music, Theology, Art History & Astrophysics of Creation. Symposium: Feinstein, Robins, Schulweis, Simonian, Smith, Glatstein, Hansen, Strimple Concert conducted by Dr. Nick Strimple; Cantor Joseph Gole, Stephanie Aston, Josh Honig, Ernest Silva LA Zimriyah, BHPC Chancel Choir,LAVIE, Choral Society of So Cal. Student Art contest; Dinner Yes
Sun, June 5, 2005 Aloni Revealed

Aleksandr Berkovich, Phyllis Fleschler, Jennifer Rae Hardin, Chris Hardin: Surprises and Standards from the Legacy of Aminadav Aloni

Wed, April 28, 2004 The Capitol Ensemble

Erwin Schulhoff: Quartet No. 1 (1924)
Mozart: String Quintet No. 2 in C Major, K 515 (1787)
Phillip Levy, Julie Gigante, violins; Simon Oswell, Samuel Formicola, violas; David Low, cello

Wed, January 15, 2003 The Capitol Ensemble

Strassburg - Walt Whitman's Unseen Buds for String quartet and Narrator
Richman - Variations for Cello and Clarinet
Schulhoff - String Quartet 1
Robert Elfman Fantasy for String Quartet
World Premiere: Mozart Clarinet Quartet
Phillip Levy, Julie Gigante, violins; Simon Oswell, viola; David Low cell; Joshua Ranz clarinet; Ianthe Low, Narrator

Sun, December 22, 2002 The Rothschilds: a Musical Legend

Bernie Dean brings the one-man show of this Broadway Hit to VBS

Wed, April 25, 2001 From Darkness to Light (co-sponsored by The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust)

A choral concert featuring la vie, directed by Nick Strimple
Cain and Abel - Harlap (see 1991)
Two Folksongs - Ullman; Psalm 133 - Strimple; Hallel - Aloni