The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) is celebrating its 18th, or Chai, Anniversary with a special performance on Sunday, August 26 at 7:30pm at the Ford Amphitheatre with a program entitled “CHAIlights– Celebrating 18 years of Jewish Music”.
The eclectic program features three longtime orchestra members and soloists—Concertmaster Mark Kashper, Principal Cellist Barry Gold, and Principal Clarinetist and arranger Zinovy Goro—in music that reflects the two main streams of Jewish culture and heritage, Ashkenazic and Sephardic. Other highlights will include the U.S. premiere of "Klezmopolitan Suite,” written by Niki Reiser, a former member of the European klezmer group “Kol Simcha”; popular Jewish artist Sam Glaser will join with the newly formed Jewish Community Children's Choir, under the direction of Dr. Michelle Willner; and surprise guest artists representing LAJS’ 18-year history. Each of the pieces to be performed in the show were written by composers who were inspired by the yiddishkayt music of the Hassidic, Klezmer, and Cantorial traditions.
A Chai anniversary has its roots in the Hebrew word for “life,” which is Chai, with its Hebrew letters adding up to the number 18. For this reason, the number 18 is a spiritual number in Judaism and represents a time to reflect, remember, and celebrate.
2580 Cahuenga Boulevard East
Los Angeles, CA 90068
Sunday, August 26
Reserved seating tickets are $36, and $12 for full-time students with ID and children 12 and under. Tickets are available at www.FordTheatres.org or 323 461-3673 (for non-visual media 323 GO 1-FORD). For groups of 8 or more, please call 323 769-2147. For more information visit http://fordtheatres.org/en/events/details/id/374.