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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jubilate Singers & Toronto Jewish Folk Choir Celebrates Composer Milton Barnes and Jewish Music

L’Chaim! Music in Ladino, Yiddish & Other Languages

The Jubilate Singers and Toronto Jewish Folk Choir unite in L’Chaim: A Celebration of Jewish Music – Featuring the Music of Milton Barnes,Sunday, November 25, 3:30 p.m. at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto.  

Isabel Bernaus of the Jubilate Singers and Alexander Veprinsky of the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir conduct works in Yiddish, Judeo Spanish (Ladino), Hebrew and other languages.  The klezmer ensemble Shtetl Shpil joins the choirs in this concert, which celebrates the 80th anniversary of the late Milton Barnes, a prolific and leading composer of both Jewish music and works in diverse styles.  He would have been 80 in December 2011.

Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door; $15 seniors; $10 students; 12 and under free.  They may be booked online at or by calling 416-485-1988 or (905) 669-5906, or purchased directly from choir members.  More information will be posted at and

Under the baton of Isabel Bernaus, the joint choirs will perform Sefarad, a three-part a capella suite in Judeo-Spanish (Ladino), written by Milton Barnes in 1996 to celebrate the 3,000th anniversary of the City of Jerusalem.  The words are from popular Sephardic texts.

Alexander Veprinsky will lead both choirs and Shtetl Shpil in Barnes’ Dos Naye Lid (The New Song), a five-movement klezmer suite sung in Yiddish.  The work, commissioned by the late Myrna Levine for the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir, was finished shortly before the Toronto composer’s untimely death at 69 in 2001.  

Both conductors will also direct their own choirs in additional Jewish music, which will include songs for the upcoming Chanukah season.  

Accompanists are pianists Sherry Squires of the Jubilate Singers and Lina Zemelman of the TJFC.

The November concert is presented with the assistance of the Toronto Arts Council, and members and friends of both choirs.

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