2011 Festival Schedule
Washington Jewish Music Festival

All events at the Washington DCJCC unless otherwise noted.

Mandy Patinkin: Dress Casual with Paul Ford on Piano

Thursday, June 9, 8:00 pm

Co-sponsor: The Music Center at Strathmore
5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD
Tickets: $35-78. Purchase online or call the Strathmore Ticket Office at (301) 581-5100

Before he was an Emmy-winning TV star, Mandy Patinkin was already a Tony-winning Broadway legend.   more info...

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The Maccabeats

Thursday, June 16, 7:00 pm

Carnegie Institution for Science
1530 P St NW, Washington DC

YouTube sensation The Maccabeats' hit video "Candlelight" and "The Purim Song" have been viewed over five million times.
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 The Mama Doni Band

Sunday, June 19, 11 am


The Mama Doni Band celebrates Jewish culture with irrepressible zest in its high-energy, interactive family rock concerts. more info...


Screening of "Culture Heroes"

Sunday, June 19, 7:00 pm

Tickets: $10, Discounted $9

Disover two musical culture heroes--Zubin Mehta and Chava Alberstein--in episodes from the 2010 television series "Culture Heroes." more info...

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The Klezmatics with Joshua Nelson: Brother Moses Smote the Water

Monday, June 20, 7:30 pm


Grammy winners The Klezmatics join forces with Joshua Nelson, the African-American Jewish "prince of Kosher gospel," to explore the complexities of Jewish, black and overall human identity. more info...


Songs of Life

Tuesday, June 21, 8:00 pm

Co-sponsor: Songs of Life at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street NW, Washington, DC
Tickets: $50-$150. Purchase online or call the Kennedy Center Box Office at (202) 467-4600

Songs of Life presents the world premiere oratorio of A Melancholy Beauty, telling the true story of the largest rescue of Jews during the Holocaust. more info...

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Dan Fishback: On a Queer Day, You Can See Forever

Wednesday, June 22, 7:30 pm

Tickets: $15, Discounted $12

New York-based performance artist and indie-folk musician Dan Fishback returns to his hometown of Washington, DC for an evening of songs and stories from his extensive catalog of albums and plays. more info...

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Clare Burson: Silver and Ash

Thursday, June 23, 7:30 pm


Tickets: $15, Discounted $12

Indie songstress Clare Burson's newest project--the album, performance piece and songbook Silver and Ash--imagines her maternal grandmother's life in Germany from her birth in 1919 to her escape in 1938. more info...

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Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner

Friday, June 24, Drinks and appetizers 6:00 pm, Services begin 6:45 pm,
Dinner 8:00pm

Co-sponsor: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
600 I Street NW, Washington, DC
Admission: The service is free. Dinner is $6 in advance and $8 the day of event.

Join musician Robyn Helzner, one of the leading interpreters of world Jewish music, and Cantor Larry Paul for this spirited, musical, Carleback-inspired service. more info...

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Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights

Sunday, June 26, 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm

Co-sponsor: Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
6125 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD
Tickets: $8 in advance, $10 at the door

Joanie Leed's CD "I'm a Rock Star" was selected as Best Family CD of 2010 by The Washington Post: "You won't be able to resist the urge to sing along pretending your hairbrush is a microphone." more info...

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Lili Kalish Gersch
Festival Director
(202) 777-3251

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