Arts & Culture: Music
The JCC Thurnauer School of Music at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades is holding on open house on Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Participants can meet the distinguished instructors, who come from prominent conservatories including Juilliard, Yale, the Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes.
Danny Polevoy, 16, of Franklin Lakes, a student at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, will perform at a fundraiser for Jewish Family Service of North Jersey at the school on Sunday, at 7 p.m. He joins Broadway composer Neil Berg, a Rockland County native, and his company in a performance of Berg’s show, “Night of Broadway Stars.”
Polevoy, who began singing and performing when he was 7, was invited to be the student performer in the show following a performance at Temple Beth Rishon in Wyckoff’s recent Cabaret Night.
Tickets are $50 for adults and $40 for students. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. There will be a catered pre-show cocktail and dinner buffet for sponsors at 5.
For information, call (973) 595-0111 or go to www.jfsnorthjersey.org.
The Israeli Chamber Project performs at Merkin Concert Hall in Manhattan on Wednesday, at 8 p.m. For tickets, call the box office at (212) 501-3330 or go to www.kaufmanmusiccenter.org or www.israelichamberproject.org.
The Maccabeats performed in concert on April 14 in celebration of Yom Ha’atzmaut at the Jewish Community Center of Paramus. The concert was co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.
The Maccabeats, an all male a cappella group originally formed at Yeshiva University in 2007, have performed throughout the United States, including at the White House, and around the world. The parents and grandparents of one of the Maccabeats, Joshua Jay, pictured fourth from left, are members of the JCCP.
The group’s videos, which have a combined total of more than 10 million views, have covered the holidays of Chanukah, Purim, and Sukkot. In March, they released a music video featuring a medley of songs from “Les Misérables,” performed with re-enactments of scenes from the Passover story.
Before and after the concert, attendees could register to be a volunteer marrow/stem cell donor by giving a cheek swab for tissue typing.
Jewish Family Service of North Jersey presents “Neil Berg’s Night of Broadway Stars,” a musical revue, at the Indian Hills High School in Oakland on Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m. Berg and his company will perform revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as numbers from Broadway’s newest hits.
|Neil Berg Courtesy JFSNJ|
There will be pre-show cocktails and a dinner buffet at a private home in Franklin Lakes for benefactors and patrons. So far, sponsors include Advisors Capital Management, LLC; Eric & Julie Epstein Charitable Foundation; Sal Lauretta for Men; A.L. Levine Family Foundation; Massage Envy Spa; Cantor Ilan and Carol Mamber, and Paterson Papers.
Hallelujah, Israel’s world-renowned singing contest, will hold its semi-finals on Sunday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at the 92Y Tribeca in Manhattan.
Open to 18- to 30-year-olds of Jewish heritage, Hallelujah, which is often compared to “American Idol,” will bring 30 regional winners to Israel for the finals this year. In Israel, not only will they compete, they will have the chance to explore their Jewish identity. They will be immersed in Israeli culture and language and meet other young Jews, who like them are following their musical passions.
The 19-day program, sponsored by the government of Israel and organizations such as Birthright Israel, Jewish Rock Radio, and the Jerusalem Post, culminates in a broadcast on Israel National Television. The three top finalists receive cash prizes; the grand prize-winner will record a song with a well-known Israeli artist.
LBNY Productions is producing the New York contest. Call (646) 643-4140.