Lincolnwood congregation hosts concert for Yom Ha’ Atzmaut

A Yom Ha’atzmaut concert, featuring Chazan Alberto Mizrahi, cantor at Chicago’s Anshe Emet Synagogue, who will be accompanied by musicians from the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, takes place at 7:30 p.m. April 25 at Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation A.G. Beth Israel, 7117 N. Crawford Ave., Lincolnwood. Tickets are $25; $5 for youth ages 18 and under. Call (847) 676-0491 or see

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An Invigorating and Enlightening Experience…

..the reviews are in from the three performances of The Schoenberg Kol Nidre, Opus 39 that I narrated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Ricardo Muti this past March 15, 16 and 17 at Orchestra Hall in Chicago.

Below are the reviews and the program notes …

CSO Program Notes

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Sun Times

The Chicago Classical Review

The Chicago Reader

An Incredible Jam with Howard Levy…and a Thoughtful Review By Howard Reich

Re: my recent ” Incredible Hanukkah Jam” concert with harmonica virtuoso (and good friend) Howard Levy at Spertus Institute, Chicago Tribune music reviewer, Howard Reich, mused about how and what a duo like ours would do in an article published before the concert…and offered his impressions in a  review written after experiencing the eclectic and improvisatory afternoon. Both are thoughtful and insightful.

In the meantime, stay tuned for more of my forays with Mr. Levy to that interesting intersection between jazz and Jewish music.

Read  the pre-concert article

Read the review

10th Annual Dr. Arnold H. Kaplan Memorial Concert: Mizrahi & Friends – Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Save the date for the 10th annual Dr. Arnold H. Kaplan Memorial Concert: Mizrahi & Friends from the Film “100 Voices” (You saw them on screen, now see them live!)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

7:30 p.m. at Anshe Emet

Join us for an evening filled with an eclectic blend of Cantorial, Yiddish, Sephardic and Broadway music.

Featuring Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, Hazzan Jacob Mendelson, Hazzan David Propis, Hazzan Nathan Lam, Hazzan Faith Steinsnyder, and Hazzan Rebecca Carmi.

For more information, please contact Laura Baruch at (773) 868-5119.

Free Concert March 2, 2011 at Roosevelt University (with Roosevelt University Chamber Chorus)

Join me for a FREE CONCERT next Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 PM at Ganz Hall of Roosevelt University (430 S. Michigan), Chicago. I will be soloist with the University Chamber Chorus, conducted by Cheryl Frazes Hill, in an eclectic program including:

SIX JEWISH PIECES – “Hashkiveinu” by Max Helfman, “Sim Shalom” by Max Janowski,, “Kiddush” by Kurt Weil,  “Adonay Ro’i” by Gerald Cohen, “Amen Shem Nora” arr. Matthew Lazar,and “L’dor Vador” by Meir Finkelstein

Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, tenor – University Chamber Chorus – John Goodwin, pianist

“THE LARK” by Leonard Bernstein
SATB with Countertenor Solo, Narrator, and Chorus -  A Cappella (with ad lib percussion)
French choruses based on Medieval folk songs and Latin choruses from the Roman mass.

MOTET by J. S. Bach – A Cappella chorus

and 6 Jewish pieces

Hazzan Mizrahi To Take Part in Chicago’s Inaugural “Downtown Seder”

Since 1996, Michael Dorf, founder of  acclaimed NY performance venue the Knitting Factory, has assembled a diverse variety of artists and luminaries in New York to participate in a live Passover Seder, offering their creative interpretations of the Exodus story. Now, the Downtown Seder is coming to our town! Check out the line up to date:

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Special Matinee Performance of “Conviction” on Sunday, February 13, 2011

Spanish Inquisition. In Franco-ruled 1960’s Madrid, an Israeli scholar is detained for stealing a
confidential Inquisition file. Contained within it is the true confession of Spanish priest Andrés
González (1447—1486), whose faith is tested when he finds himself in love with a Jewish

Written by Oren Neeman and directed by Kevin Hart, CONVICTION is based on the Yonatan
Ben Nachum novel Confessions. This one-man play stars Ami Dayan and is directed by Kevin
Hart. The production team includes costume designer Kevin Brainerd, music by Jon Sousa and
Yoni Green and movement direction by Robert Davidson.

Hazzan Mizrahi will be performing Kol Nidre and hosting a Q & A at the Sunday matinee performance on February 13, 2011

CONVICTION, February 3-20 at Theater Wit (1229 W. Belmont). Performances are every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale at the Theater Wit box office by calling (773) 975-8150 or by visiting Discounted tickets are available to seniors, students, industry professionals and groups of 10 or more for $17.50. All other tickets are $27.50. For more information about CONVICTION, please visit

Anshe Emet Shabbat Morning Live with Craig Taubman – February 19, 2011

Please join me during Shabbat Morning service on February 19, 2011 at 9:30 a.m for Anshe Emet Live with Special Guest Craig Taubman! Worship with your friends and make new ones as we celebrate Shabbat in this  interactive community service open to the entire Jewish community. We will celebrate Shabbat with a kiddush lunch after the service.

For more information, please email Naomi Richman or phone her at
(773) 868-5122

“100 Voices” Encore Performance Around the Country; One Night Only – November 11, 2010 at 7PM Local Time!

If you didn’t have a chance to view the remarkable “homecoming” of 100 Cantors to Poland, “100 Voices: The Journey Home” will be showing in an encore performance around the country on November 11, 2010 at 7:00 PM local time wherever you are. In Chicago, the film will be showing at The Webster Place Theater, and I will be present for a post-showing Q & A.


By popular demand, a rebroadcast of the 100 Voices: A Journey Home in-theater Fathom event is scheduled for Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 p.m. local time. The original event was presented in nearly 500 movie theaters on September 21, with many locations selling-out across the country. An encore event is scheduled in select theaters to meet the exceptionally high demand for tickets in markets across the country.

100 Voices: A Journey Home, a compelling and moving musical documentary uniquely highlighting the rich history of Jewish culture in Poland, is presented by NCM Fathom, Mod Three Productions and Machine Management. Tickets are available at participating box offices and online at For a complete list of theater locations and prices, please visit the website (theaters and participants may be subject to change).

The encore Fathom event will feature an exclusive, specially-produced piece by the Milken Archive of Jewish Music: The American Experience.  Memories of the American Yiddish Theater showcases the actors and musicians of New York City’s legendary Second Avenue that made three generations of European immigrants laugh, cry and exit the theater humming exquisite and timeless melodies. The top vocal talent from the world of modern Jewish music recreates these songs in both the recording studio and in a thrilling, one-night-only performance at Walt Disney Concert hall in Los Angeles.

Directed by Danny Gold and Matthew Asner, 100 Voices: A Journey Home is a celebration of song, faith and tradition. This encore event offers a unique and moving look at the intertwined Polish and Jewish history and culture through the eyes and music of some of the world’s finest Jewish cantors.

Critics were unanimous in their praise of 100 Voices: A Journey Home, with the Los Angeles Times calling the documentary “A profound expression of the healing power of music…deeply affecting. Glorious simply as a concert film but immeasurably more.”  The New York Times wrote “The film’s strength lies precisely in the voices of its cantors…excellent and moving raconteurs.”

In the LA Area? Come Hear The Sons of Sepharad Next Sunday!

Starring Cantor Alberto Mizrahi,
Cantor Aaron Bensoussan and Gerard Edery

Tickets: $50.00 (Includes Dessert Reception)

SEPHARDIC TEMPLE TIFERETH ISRAEL 10500 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024-4510 For Ticket Info Call the Temple Office at (310) 475-7000

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Listen to Una Mantica de Ruda

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Genesis at the Crossroads Fall Gala Concert – With Peter Yarrow…

Join Saffron Caravan, the Genesis World Music Ensemble (Howard Levy, Humayun Khan and Alberto Mizrahi) for an evening at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago featuring a musical performance by guest artist Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul & Mary).

Proceeds to benefit Genesis at the Crossroads (GATC) and the future Genesis International High School for Global Leadership. GATC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to bridge cultures in conflict through the arts and to create innovative arts-education programs around the world.

Get information and purchase tickets

A good, albeit older article about the Genesis at the Crossroads mission, and the work of some of the performers…

Did You Attend a “100 Voices” Showing Somewhere in the US?

450 AMC theaters around the United States hosted a one evening showing of this great documentary on September 21. 2010. I hope you had a chance to a experience this testament to the power of Jewish music and memory, led by hazzanim whose lives are dedicated to revitalizing our glorious cultural history with the sounds of modernity linked to the modes and echoes of an ancient people.

Stay tuned for information about where to view and/or purchase the film.

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Expanded Information About “100 Voices” Documentary

Saffron Caravan Benefit for Genesis at the Crossroads/Arm Them With Instruments

Concert With 100 Women Cantors At WCN Conference

“Voice of a People” 20th Anniversary Recital  at Anshe Emet

WFMT Broadcasts Penderecki’s “Kaddish” in tribute to Polish President

Hazzan Mizrahi Awarded Honorary Doctorate

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New Documentary Showcasing the Journey of 100 Cantors to Poland Will Show in Theaters Nationwide for One Night Only (September 21, 2010) Buy Tickets Now!

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View a list of participating Illinois movie theaters

(from the flyer) “100 Voices” will offer a unique and moving look at Polish/Jewish history and culture and highlight its current resurgence. The story is told through the personal reflections and musical performances of a group of Cantors and acclaimed composer Charles Fox who made an important historic mission to the birthplace of Cantorial music. The documentary will give generations the opportunity to learn about and re-embrace the Jewish culture that produced one of the most artistic and educated societies that once flourished in Europe. Above all, the Program will celebrate the resilience and the power of Jewish life, while telling the story of two peoples who shared intertwined cultures.”

Saffron Caravan Quartet – August 1, 2010

With Arm Them With Instruments humanitarian instrument drive

Sponsored by Genesis at the Crossroads

Sunday August 1, 2010

MD Metals Warehouse, 6499 W. 65th Street, Bedford Park, IL  (Near Midway)

Adults – $20   Students/Seniors – $15   Children – $5 (Under 5 free)

Tickets at the door an additional $5

To purchase tickets in advance call 773-929-o244 or email

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Read about Arm Them With Instruments

Anshe Emet Live: June 18 and July 16 at 7:30PM

A contemporary portal to prayer in a non-threatening setting, AELive is a completely different side of Mizrahi.   Backed up by a wonderful jazz band the congregation sings everything from Carlebach to Taubman and many in between.   Come see what the joy is about!

Anshe Emet Synagogue

3751 North Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Tel: 773-281-1423
Fax: 773-281-2183

Women Cantors’ Network Concert to Feature Special Guest, Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi

Anshe Emet Synagogue is proud to host

Women Cantors’ Network Concert
featuring Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken
Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation Choir
and a Special Guest appearance
by Hazzan Mizrahi

Monday, June 14th, 2010
7:30 p.m.


For tickets: $18.00 advanced purchase | $20.00 at the door

Purchase tickets online

This one-night-only live concert of the 28th Annual Women
Cantors’ Network (WCN) Conference – meeting in Chicago for the
first time – will feature the voices of more than 100 famed women
cantors, cantorial soloists, choir directors, teachers, song
leaders, instrumentalists and ritual directors from major cities
and towns throughout the U.S., Canada, Israel, the U.K., France
and Germany—in addition to the stirring sounds of Chicago’s
Beth Shalom B’nai Zaken Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation
choir and a special solo performance by Anshe Emet’s world
renowned Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi.

All proceeds will benefit SHALVA, an organization that fights domestic
abuse in Chicago area Jewish homes.

The concert will be broadcast at a later date on 98.7/WFMT.

This is the 28th Annual Women Cantors’ Network Conference—the first
in Chicago and at Anshe Emet Synagogue. It is hosted by Debby Lewis,
Ritual Director at Anshe Emet Synagogue, and Leslie Newcorn, former
Cantorial Soloist of Congregation Kol Ami. The annual conference is an
opportunity for spiritual renewal; learning with nationally recognized
cantors, musicians, composers, rabbis, authors and educators; communal
davening (prayers); sharing solo and choral music repertoires; formal and
informal discussions about yearly successes and challenges; and putting
on a concert for the community with a local beneficiary.

Anshe Emet Synagogue

3751 North Broadway
Chicago, Illinois 60613
Tel: 773-281-1423
Fax: 773-281-2183

Alberto Mizrahi at B’nai Moshe, Detroit

In a unique display of “mentschlichkeit,” Congregation B’nai Moshe of West Bloomfield, MI honored one of its own by hosting a celebration of his ordination from the H. L. Miller Cantorial School – Jewish Theological Seminary.   Zach Mondrow was joined by his teacher and friend, Hazzan Alberto Mizrahi, and other local colleagues in a wide-ranging program of Jewish music in front of an SRO audience in the sanctuary where he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah.   Mizrahi sang a combination of Hazzanut, Yiddish and Ladino songs, bringing the audience to their feet with Bensoussan’s “Lecha Dodi.”

“Voice of a People” Recital Celebrates Hazzan Mizrahi’s 20th Anniversary as Cantor at Chicago’s Anshe Emet Synagogue!

presented his recital, “The Voice of a People,” on Sunday afternoon, May 16,  in the sanctuary of Anshe Emet, 3751 N. Broadway (corner of Grace St).

The program, included Hebrew, Yiddish, Greek and Sephardic song, as well as an operatic aria and duet, and featured Hazzan Mizrahi with guests Ilana  Goldberg and  Cantors Jacob Ben-Zion Mendelson and Herschel Fox.

One Shabbat Morning

In the tradition of Friday Night Live, this new recording of 13 original Shabbat melodies helps reveal the special magic of Shabbat. Craig joins famed Cantor, Alberto Mizrahi in fusing the ancient cantorial style with the modern and captivating melodies

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WFMT Broadcasts Performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Kaddish

On April 16, 2010, classical music station WFMT (98.7 or broadcast  a recording of a live performance of Krzysztof Penderecki’s Kaddish as part of their memorial tribute programming for Poland’s President.

This performance , in which Hazzan Mizrahi performed the Tenor role, was part of the celebration of the 65th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto. Read more here…

Yizkor: Music of Memory

original, resonantly melodic jazz settings of Jewish prayers and psalms that Mingus and I, if he were still here, could rise and share . . . never before have I heard this lyrically powerful a fusion of Jewish and jazz souls on fire . . . — Nat Hentoff, The Wall Street Journal

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My World

Greek-born tenor, Alberto Mizrahi, one of the world`s leading interpreters of Jewish music, has thrilled audiences worldwide in recitals, symphony concerts, and opera. Affectionately known as “the Jewish Pavarotti,” Mizrahi`s repertoire, spanning nine languages, makes his performances unique in the field.

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