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LA Jewish Symphony Exalts at Ford Amphitheatre Aug 14

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Sunday, August 14, the LA Jewish Symphony will be performing a program called Exaltation!, with the symphony and special guests playing music that tells Bible stories. The program features the group's usual mix of classical and pops, instrumental and vocal. Off-Ramp's John Rabe talked with the LA Jewish Symphony's founder and artistic director, Maestra Noreen Green.


The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS), lauded for its exploration of Jewish culture, presents
EXALTATION! BIBLICAL STORIES THROUGH MUSIC, a performance celebrating music inspired by the
Bible’s rich literary heritage, on Sunday, August 14, 2011, 7:30 pm, under the stars at the Ford Amphitheatre in Los Angeles. The concert, led by Artistic Director Noreen Green, features a variety of classical, film and musical theatre works. Among the guest artists are celebrated vocalist and two-time Grammy nominee Amick Byram and fifteen-year-old violin virtuoso Stephen Waarts, described by critics as “poetic,” “engaging” and “something special.”

“The Bible is a source of inspiration and tradition for many of the world’s religions,” says Green, who has brought neglected as well as new and familiar orchestral works on Jewish themes to the concert stage. “Our program celebrates the commonality of the Bible’s timeless and heroic stories of love and betrayal, of prophets and people, of kings and shepherds and of good and evil, which serve to link different religions and cultures together.”

The evening includes music from Franz Waxman and Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, two film composers among the elite group of European émigrés that immeasurably enriched the cultural life of Los Angeles. On the program are Waxman’s lushly romantic film score, The Story of Ruth, a stirring depiction of loyalty, romance, faith and devotion; and Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s brilliant and seldom-played Violin Concerto #2, subtitled The Prophets, a musical portrait of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and Elijah, featuring Waarts. Additionally, Byram performs music from stage and screen ranging from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Steven Schwartz’s Prince of Egypt to Jerry Bock’s The Apple Tree, Alan Menken’s King David and Shuki Levy’s Masada The Musical Saga. Byram was in the original cast of Masada The Musical Saga, which was presented in Israel for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the state.

DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 14, 2011, 7:30 pm

PLACE: Ford Amphitheatre, 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood, CA 90068

PARKING: On-site, stacked parking costs $5 per vehicle. FREE non-stacked parking serviced by a FREE shuttle to the Ford is available at the Universal City Metro Station lot at Lankershim Blvd. and Campo de Cahuenga. The shuttle, which cycles every 15-20 minutes, stops in the "kiss and ride" area.

www.FordTheatres.org or (323) 461-3673 or www.lajewishsymphony.org