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Tag: Performances

This is not your ordinary chamber!

You pick the set list, then SHUFFLE goes to town! 

SHUFFLE, a hot young group of New-York based chamber musicians and vocalists, takes to the Gordon stage Saturday night, December 3, 2016, at 8:00pm. This modern day chamber group puts on an unexpected, inspiring and energetic concert in which the audience chooses the tunes.

SHUFFLE’s members are exceptionally accomplished; they are graduates of such schools as Juilliard, New England Conservatory, Oberlin, Manhattan School of Music and Bard College and have all individually won numerous prizes and have performed extensively as soloists and collaborative musicians throughout the world. Their roster is as follows:

Eliran Avni

Eliran Avni is SHUFFLE’s artistic director and pianist. The SHUFFLE concept was born...

Keeping it Real

Singer/songwriter Cris Jacobs is the former front-man for the legendary Baltimore band The Bridge, a roots rock band. He will be performing live at the Gordon Center Saturday, November 5 with his solo band, following a set by Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers.

Cris is doing a deep dive with his music and lyricism these days, “looking for more meaning and emotionality to come through in my songwriting, and infusing my songs with greater relevance,” he says.

If you know Cris’s roots, you might be expecting an eclectic set of blues, country, rock, and bluegrass November 5, but “it will be all those things but not one,” he says.  “I love so many different kinds of music – I can’t say I want to be blues, or rock, or bluegrass alone. I aspire to write something of substance, as opposed to when I was a...

Israeli Radio LIVE at the Gordon

We speak with the founder of Israel Story about this popular Israeli podcast. 

Coming to the Gordon on November 7 at 7:30pm, Israel Story LIVE uses the timeless power of stories to provide an intimate glimpse of modern Israeli life. In a dazzling combination of radio-style storytelling, music, singing, video, and other mixed media magic, Israel Story LIVE tells the stories of Israelis from all over the country.

Last week the editors of J Blog had an opportunity to catch up with Mishy Harman, the founder of Israel Story:

1. Where did the idea for Israel Story...

Building Characters

Child Actors Take to the Stage in Seussical the Musical 

Beginning Thursday, May 19, the J’s Children’s Theater Production Company will bring to life your favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, and lazy Mayzie, in the fantastical, magical Seussical the Musical.

You won’t want to miss this event, as the J’s child actors take on colorful characters and will transport you from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos.

Taking part in a big production has an enormous impact on children. Character acting, singing, and dancing instills...

Sheldon Low: Inspiring Connections

Don’t miss Sheldon at the JCC Community Block Party on Sunday, June 5, 2016. 
The Sheldon Low Concert was cancelled due to inclement weather. 

Since the start of his Jewish music career, Sheldon Low has infused Jewish song, spirit, and religion into rousing rock and roll rhythms. He has released four albums, two of which – It’s All Challah To Me and Look at Me -- have been widely distributed by PJ Library.

“Judaism has so much to offer in terms of music and spiritual ground. It’s a great teaching tool, too,” he says, “but the packaging can be outdated.”

“Judaism has always been evolving, the traditions are moving.  I am trying to be another link in the long history of keeping Judaism alive, resonant, joyous, and inclusive.”  Personally, Low enjoys all music, but loves to use rock and pop music...

Noa (Achinoam Nini)
Israeli Singer/Superstar Noa (Achinoam Nini) returns!

Twenty years ago, Noa (Achinoam Nini), Israel's leading international singer/songwriter performed at The Gordon’s very first opening night celebration.

Since then, Noa has shared her magnetic stage presence with superstars such as Sting, Pat Metheny, Stevie Wonder, Andrea Bocelli and many more. Together with her collaborator Gil Dor, Noa has released over 15 albums which have sold millions. Noa sings in six languages, has collaborated with symphony orchestras around the world, and has performed in the world’s most prestigious venues, including the White House.

On Saturday, February 6, we are thrilled to welcome Noa back to the Gordon!

Noa’s strongest influences come from the singer-songwriters of the 60s, like Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell. These musical and lyrical sensibilities, combined with Noa‘s...