Written by Lisa Pearl Rosenbaum Directed by Susan Morgenstern Developed and Produced by Ronda Spinak Music Curated by Dr. Noreen Green In Association with Susanne Reyto, Chairman of the Violins of Hope Los Angeles County With a special musical performance featuring Cantor Tifani Coyot and Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen, Temple Isaiah, and welcome from Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles. Stories from the Violins of Hope was commissioned with a generous gift from Gail Solo. With deepest gratitude to Amnon and Avshi Weinstein and their extraordinary family for sharing their story.
Welcome – Rabbi Zoë Klein Miles, Temple Isaiah A Message from Susanne Reyto, Chairman, Violins of Hope Los Angeles County Words from Noreen Green, Artistic Director of The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony A song in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day “Adonai Roi,” composed by Gerald Cohen Featuring Cantor Tifani Coyot and Rabbi Jaclyn Cohen Introduction – Ronda Spinak, Artistic Director of The Braid, formerly Jewish Women’s Theatre
THE SHOW: Stories from the Violins of Hope
Starring Andrew Fromer, Lisa Ann Grant, AJ Meijer, Rosie Moss, Robert Trebor, Cliff Weissman, and Rick Zieff |Musicians: Mark and Niv Ashkenazi, Violins; Michael Larco, Viola; Barry Gold, Cello; Noreen Green, Piano
NIV ASHKENAZI (Violin II) Virtuoso violinist Niv Ashkenazi has captivated audiences with his heartfelt musicianship and emotional performances. Praised for his “lush sound” and “passionate playing” (CASA Magazine) and “formidable technical powers” (Santa Barbara News-Press), he has made several Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center appearances and has performed in Europe, the Middle East, and across North America. As a chamber musician, he has performed with members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Juilliard String Quartet, Cavani Quartet, and Ariel Quartet.
In the 2019-2020 season, Mr. Ashkenazi was the first-ever Artist in Resi- dence at the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts (The Soraya). His debut album, Niv Ashkenazi: Violins of Hope, recorded at The Soraya, was released in March 2020 on Albany Records and was named one of the best classical recordings of 2020 by the Chicago Tribune.
Mr. Ashkenazi holds both a BM and MM from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Itzhak Perlman, Glenn Dicterow, Ronald Copes, and Stephen Clapp.
RABBI JACLYN COHEN (Cantorial Soloist, Temple Isaiah) is proud to serve as Cantorial Soloist on Temple Isaiah’s dynamic clergy team. Born and raised in West LA, Rabbi Cohen earned a BA in Religious Studies & Music from UC Davis. Music has always been the lifeblood of her work and she has integrated music of all genres into her rabbinate. As Cantorial Soloist at Temple Isaiah, Rabbi Cohen works closely with Cantor Coyot and Isaiah’s talented, dedicated team of synagogue musicians and choirs. Outside the synagogue, she is a writer and advocate for maternal and mental health, having contributed articles to Kveller, Jewish Daily Forward, and The Chalkboard Mag, among others. Rabbi Cohen is also a certified yoga teacher, fusing her passion for the practice with a deep love of prayer.
CANTOR TIFANI COYOT (Temple Isaiah) received her ordination as Cantor at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, with a double masters in Sacred Music and Jewish Education. She has served in many leadership roles for the American Conference of Cantors, the Union for Reform Judaism, and the Hebrew Union College. She is an avid supporter of the Jewish community in France and serves as an artist-in-residence in Paris. Her vision is to create Jewish experiences that are meaningful and relevant. Her passion is in the mind, body, spirit connection and inspiring others to use Jewish wisdom to enhance their modern lives.
ANDREW FROMER (Ensemble), a Los Angeles native, grew up as an active member in the Jewish community through Stephen Wise Temple. He attended Wind- ward School in Mar Vista, where his career as an actor began in the school plays and musicals. After completing his BFA in theater at UC Santa Barbara and an exciting year of living in Israel, Andrew returned to LA for acting and producing. His TV credits include Never Have I Ever (Netflix) and Anger Management (FX); feature film credits include Highway to Havasu (Billy/Producer) and The Sweet Life (Mike/Assistant to Production). Andrew also edits and directs and is excited to be coordinating this year’s iteration of NEXT @ The Braid’s Emerging Artists Fellowship. Find out more info at https://the-braid.org/ category/nextbraid/.
BARRY GOLD (Cello) has been a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1982. He has appeared as soloist with the Philharmonic, is a frequent per- former at Philharmonic Chamber Music Society concerts, and has participated in a number of world premieres on Philharmonic New Music Group programs. He is also featured with the New Music Group on the recording of John Harbison’s The Natural World.
A Young Musicians Foundation scholarship recipient, the Los Angeles native began his performing career as a member of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles. While still a teenager, Mr. Gold was a member of a piano trio that won a prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Prize. He earned both his BA and MM degrees from The Juilliard School of Music, which awarded him the Eduard Steuermann Memorial Prize upon his graduation.
Mr. Gold has been Principal Cellist and soloist with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony since 1997.