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The Gershwin Legacy: A Celebration of his (S'Wonderful) Music and Life
This event will be a unique and entertaining celebration of one of Broadways' greatest Jewish American composers and pianists of all times. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the passing of the legend who wrote some of the best known songs such as I got Rhythm, S’Wonderful, Summertime and more.
Join us for a tantalizing live performance of a broad collection of Gershwin’s most popular songs, anecdotes about his life and unique music style, rare archival footage, as well as a surprising journey into Gershwin's less-known, yet incredible talent in the visual arts. Jazz lovers, Classical music connoisseurs, musical theater folks, art lovers - this event is not to be missed!
The presenters and performers are nationally recognized in their areas of expertise:
A lecturer at Stanford University, Dr. Nurit Jugend is an internationally acclaimed classical composer whose authored over a dozen published works and performed her works worldwide with the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Zubin Mehta, among others.
Ronit Widmann-Levy has received accolades for her operatic performances throughout the world with leading performers such as her recent collaboration with Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFS in Carnegie Hall.
Ellen Hoffman's music has been performed nationally by groups including the Atlanta Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Vallejo Symphony, the Oakland Symphony Chorus, the UC Berkeley Chamber Ensemble, the University of Indiana Chamber Singers, and more.
Tickets are available here.
Saturday, November 17
7:30 - 9:00 pm
$12 for members
$12 for seniors and students
|Nov 17||7:30 PM–9:00 PM||Sat||JCCEB||Ellen Hoffman Nurit Jugend Ronit Widmann-Levy|
JCC East Bay
1414 Walnut Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
Ellen Hoffman makes her life as a composer, arranger, pianist, music director, recording artist & music educator. Ellen co-founded Jazz Camp West, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, and Berkeley Broadway Singers. She has received national awards, commissions and grants for her music, with performances by the Atlanta Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Vallejo Symphony, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Pacific Mozart Ensemble and Piedmont Children's Chorus. Recent works include Ragtime Stew, performed by Sonos Handbells & Diablo Symphony, Go Tell It, commissioned by Bay Brass and premiered at Grace Cathedral, and Jingle Blues & Dreidels, performed by Oak. E. Bay Symphony, Chorus, & Audience. Ellen has appeared with Linda Ronstadt, Joan Baez, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Frederika von Stade, Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir, Bobby McFerrin, Linda Tillery & the Cultural Heritage Choir, and others. She regularly performs her own music with Oak. East Bay Symphony, music director Michael Morgan. Currently she directs Open Mike at the Berkeley City Club and at the Freight and Salvage Coffee House, and plays piano at San Francisco's Great Dickens Fair. She has taught at Contra Costa College, Laney College, the Berkeley Jazz School, and currently teaches privately. Ellen earned her Master's Degree from Mills College, and Bachelor's from University of Illinois. She is delighted to be part of this program about the extraordinary George Gershwin.
Nurit Jugend is an accomplished composer who has authored more than a dozen published works that have been performed and broadcast worldwide. She works internationally with leading performance groups such as the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra under Maestro Zubin Mehta, St. Lawrence String Quartet, EurOrchestra under Maestro Francesco Lentini, and the Slovenian Symphony Orchestra under Maestro Sean Edwards, among others. Dr. Jugend completed her doctorate at Stanford University (USA), Masters in Art at the Hochschüle der Künste (Germany), and Bachelor in Music and Art at the Jerusalem Rubin Academy for Music and Dance (Israel). Learn more about Nurit Jugend at http://www.nuritjugend.com.
Ronit Widmann-Levy has received accolades for her operatic and concert performances throughout the world. A versatile artist equally at home on both concert and opera stages, Ronit has sung in opera houses and festivals in San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, Tanglewood, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Berlin, Munich, London, Bangkok, and Jerusalem. She sang at the Ravinia Festival in Chicago, the Bath and Dartington Festivals in England, the Jüdische Kulturtage in Berlin, and the America Haus Concert Series in Munich. Ms. Widmann-Levy made her début with the San Francisco Symphony in February 2005 in Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri, conducted by Ingo Metzmacher. Since her debut, Ronit has regularly performed with Michael Tilson Thomas and the SFS in Carnegie Hall, with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the New World Symphony Orchestra as well as with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
This program has been inspired by Bob Engel and his passion for music.