May 8 – May 26
JxJ: Presented by the Edlavitch DCJCC, JxJ is a multidisciplinary arts project that encompasses the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Washington Jewish Music Festival alongside original cutting edge hybrid arts programming—all presented as one massive three-week experience, taking over the greater Washington region from May 8-26. See the full line up of exciting programs and purchase a ticket or pass by visiting jxjdc.org!
Kolot Halev Annual Concert Presents Les Chansons Juives: Sunday, June 2 at 4:00 pm at Temple Beth Ami, 14330 Travilah Rd, Rockville, MD.
Kolot HaLev is a Jewish community choir directed by Hazzan Ramon Tasat and featuring special guests, the Rochanbeau Choir with Simon Charette, music director. You will hear familiar melodies based on 13th Century French Christmas songs transformed into Moroccan Hanukkah music. Experience soaring chorales from the Central Synagogue of Paris, plus folk and liturgical music from Bordeaux, Provence, and elsewhere expressed in a distinctive Gallic-Jewish key.
Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. $10 for students and children.For tickets, go to KolotHaLev.org/annual-concert.
All You Need Is Love: Zemer Chai, the Jewish Chorale of the Nation’s Capital, is performing an uplifting concert on June 2 at 7:00 pm at B’Nai Israel Congregation, 6301 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.
The focus of this concert is on love — romantic love, familial love, love across difference, love of nature, love of our traditions and love of life performed in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English using choral arrangements from the 13th Century to the present. Featuring contemporary American settings of the evocative love poetry of the Song of Songs, including the Washington area premiere of Dodi Li by Gerald Gohen, the majestic Renaissance music of Salomone Rossi, the elegant and haunting music of Israeli composer Yehezkel Braun, precious gems from the Yiddish theater, the music of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Schwartz and more. The concert will highlight the acclaimed Klezmer clarinetist, Seth Kibel.
Celebrating its 43rd year of bringing high quality Jewish choral music to the Maryland/DC/Virginia area, Zemer Chai continues to pursue its mission to preserve this unique Jewish art form. “The music in this concert paints an exquisite portrait of love in all its honest and complex variations at a time when love is all we need” said Eleanor Epstein, the founder and artistic director of Zemer Chai. Tickets are available at www.ZemerChai.org or 301-963-3462. Preferred seating is $40; general admission is $20, $25 at the door.