The Jewish Choral Society of Charleston opens for Simkhe, who plays traditional Klezmer music, music for Broadway, and movies by Jewish composers, music made famous by Jewish performers as well as address the future of Klezmer music.(2 hrs.)
WHAT IS IT? Now in its 11th season, this series began as a celebration of the 50th birthday of the modern state of Israel. This year’s series offers what promises to be a diverse array of music from folk to opera.
WHY SEE IT? Last year’s 60th birthday festivities were a success, and this year’s offerings look just as good. The title performance gives us CSO concertmaster Yuriy Bekker and Caramoor Virtuosi member Andrew Armstrong in a program of 19th- and 20th-century composers with Jewish roots, including Rubinstein, Bernstein, and Schoenfeld. Returning favorites soprano D’jaris Whipper-Lewis and bass baritone Daniel Washington join members of Chamber Music Charleston for a down-scale version of Porgy and Bess. And Simkhe offers everything from traditional folk to Broadway to Klezmer!
WHO SHOULD GO? Chamber music fans looking for a solid fix would be well advised not to miss the Bekker/Armstrong combination. Opera buffs and those looking for a taste of the Lowcountry should be thrilled to hear Gershwin in an intimate setting. And there’s nothing like good Klezmer to move you, and get you moving! (Robert Bondurant)