4th Annual Hanukkah Chorus Celebration

Date: Sunday, December 9, 2012Time: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location:  Show map JCC East Bay, Berkeley Branch 1414 Walnut Street, Berkeley, CA 94709
Contact: Achi Ben ShaomEmail: mail@nigunim.org

Nigunim Community Chorus Presents:

General admission $15, Children $10

Advance ticket (recommended, the show has sold out in the past) at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/290561

On the 2nd night of Hanukkah the community will get together to light candles, sing Hanukkah songs and enjoy performances by Nigunim Community Chorus, Veretski Pass Klezmer Trio, Yiddish Singer Diane Wirtschafter and the Adama Duo. The evening will end with all musicians get together for a grand finalé of dance led by Dance Maven Bruce Bierman. Traditional Hanukkah food will be sold.  All ages invited.


NIGUNM COMMUNITY CHORUS - has been around for over 15 years, singing joyfully in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English, under the direction of Achi Ben Shalom. The chorus meets at the JCC East Bay. To find out how to join the group contact mail@nigunim.org.


VERETSKI PASS - Taking its name from the mountain pass through which Magyar tribes crossed into the Carpathian basin to settle what later became the Austro - Hungarian Empire, Veretski Pass offers a unique and exciting combination of virtuosic musicianship and raw energy that has excited concert-goers across the world.


DIANE SCHON WIRTSCHAFTER - gives voice to the living tradition of Yiddish song.  Raised by a father who led bands in the Borscht Belt back in the day, she began performing in Yiddish after studying in the KlezKamp in New York in the early years of the klezmer revival.    With a rich, warm alto voice and a joyous, heartfelt style, Diane is often accompanied by her husband Josh on violin and mandolin.


ADAMA DUO - consists of singer/guitarist Achi Ben Shalom and percussionist Jan Padover. The two have been performing together for over 25 years. The duo specializes in early Israeli music and folk dance tunes.


BRUCE BIERMAN - is the artistic director of the Jewish Dance Theatre.  He is an award-winning actor, director, choreographer and playwright with dance residencies currently through-out the Bay Area.  His studies have taken him to New York, Poland and Israel where he recently completed the  Karmiel Course for Foreign Dance Teachers under the guidance of Dani Ben Shalom.


Co-sponsoring organizations: JCC east Bay, Oakland Temple Sinai, The Jewish Music Festival, The Aquarian Minyan, KlezCalifornia.