Raisins & Almonds: A Tu B’Shvat Celebration
for an evening of
Music, Food & Fun!
Sunday, January 28, 2018
3600 S Ivanhoe
The evening festivities begin at 5:00pm –
Have a glass of wine from the open wine bar, and nibble on heavy hors d’oeuvres*, as you browse an assortment of items at our silent auction, and on our vendors’ tables.
At 6:00pm –
Sit back and enjoy a program of Jewish music featuring both choirs, surprise musical guests, and the world premiere of a new work by Denver composer Julie Geller.
Then at 7:00pm –
Pick up your purchases and head for home.
Join the choirs and sponsors for a delicious sit down dinner* and special musical program.
$36 includes Celebration and Concert
$100 includes Celebration, Concert and Dinner.
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Special Musical Guests!
Composer Gerald Cohen has been praised for his “linguistic fluidity and melodic gift,” creating music that “reveals a very personal modernism that…offers great emotional rewards.” (Gramophone Magazine). His deeply affecting compositions have been recognized with numerous awards and critical accolades.
His opera, Steal a Pencil for Me, based on a true concentration camp love story, will have its world premiere production by Opera Colorado in January 2018.
Cohen is a noted synagogue cantor and baritone; his experience as a singer informs his dramatic, lyrical compositions. Cohen’s best-known work, his “shimmering setting” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) of Psalm 23, has received thousands of performances from synagogues and churches to Carnegie Hall and the Vatican.
Cantor Asa Fradkin graduated from the H.L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary in May 2007. He holds an undergraduate degree in vocal studies from Indiana University’s School of Music. While serving as Cantor of Temple Sholom, Cantor Asa founded and directed the Temple Sholom Teen Choir, one of the largest and most active synagogue teen choirs in the country. As a Bass-Baritone, he is a sought-after performer and lecturer on the subject of teen choirs, as well as an interpreter of Opera Arias. He has been a featured performer with Gateway Classical Music Society, under the direction of Ida Angland, and was a graduate fellow in the Cooperative Program 2016, where he studied with the the finest coaches in the industry, including Joan Dornneman, Laura Brooks Rice and Stephanie Sundine.
Mr Fradkin currently serves as the Cantor of Beth El Congregation in Bethesda, MD.
Denver native Julie Geller is saving the world one song at a time with original, uplifting music. She has been releasing a new song and music video every month since June of 2013. Julie has sung in a number of choirs, spanning the range from classical to gospel to barbershop, and is thrilled by the opportunity to write a work for women’s voices, which will be premiered by Kol Nashim, the women’s choir of the Colorado Hebrew Chorale, at the Raisins & Almonds event. The song is a setting of Zelda’s “Ka’asher Beirachti al Haneirot“ (When I Blessed the Candles), with a piano arrangement by David Ross.
Through the vivid prism of her family’s story, Rahel Musleah introduces audiences to the distinctive heritage of the Jews of India and Iraq. The seventh generation of a Calcutta family, she traces her roots to 17th‑century Baghdad. Her presentations offer a rare and intimate view of a rich culture little-known to most.
Rahel is an award-winning journalist, author, singer, storyteller and educator. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, Hadassah magazine, and numerous other publications. Her books include: Apples and Pomegranates: A Family Seder for Rosh Hashanah (Lerner/Kar-Ben); Why On This Night? A Passover Haggadah for Family Celebration (Simon & Schuster). Her CD of Shabbat and holiday melodies is called Hodu: Jewish Rhythms from Baghdad to India. She also leads unforgettable tours of Jewish India. She lives in Roslyn Heights, NY.
David Ross has been teaching, performing, composing and singing for over 25 years. Over the course of that time, he has served as Cultural Arts Director for Camp Ramah in California; has directed choirs, a cappella groups, and intergenerational musical theater troupes; has composed and arranged music for various groups; and has recorded several albums of his original Jewish music.
David is currently a music soloist for Temple Micah and Judaism Your Way and he performs with various musical ensembles, including at Temple Emanuel and Rodef Shalom.
Named one of the top 5 chamber music groups in Colorado by the Denver Post, the Colorado Chamber Players (CCP) celebrates its 24th season in 2017-18.
The group has performed for over 50,000 students over a 16-year period, and loves to give workshops and perform for schools.
The CCP performs 45 concerts & radio broadcasts each year on Colorado Public Radio, and will host cellist Lynn Harrell in April 2018.
The ensemble is a two-time recipient of the prestigious CMA Residency Awards (2000 & 2008), and has received awards from the Argosy Fund, Meet The Composer, SCFD, Colorado Creative Industries, and National Endowment for the Arts.