LAJS 30th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 7:30PM

Wilshire Boulevard Temple, Resnick Family Campus
Cantor Lisa Peicott performs with the LAJS at their 2017 Hanukkah concert.

The LAJS returned to the stage that started it all for our 30th Anniversary Celebration at Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s newly renovated Resnick Family Campus on April 14, 2024. The evening included featured performances by LAJS Founding Concertmaster Mark Kashper and several longtime friends of the LAJS: Cantor Lisa PeicottCantor Ilan Davidson, and young artist Eden Kontesz.

The concert offered a journey through the earliest years of the Symphony. The sanctuary at the Resnick Family Campus, originally known as University Synagogue, was the site of the debut LAJS concert in 1994. The program featured a repertoire drawn from throughout the Symphony’s 30-year history, with pieces and composers that exemplify the breadth and importance of the LAJS’s mission, including Leonard Bernstein, Shony Alex BraunSharon Farber, Kurt Weill, and more!


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April 17, 2024

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A headshot of Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Cantor Lisa Peicott

Cantor Lisa Peicott was named the Senior Cantor of Wilshire Boulevard Temple in October 2023, after having served in that community since 2018 as Assistant Cantor. A classically trained soprano, she holds a Master of Music degree from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and also studied at the Academy for Jewish Religion of California.

Cantor Peicott performed alongside the LAJS for A Concert for World Peace, a benefit concert in honor of journalist Daniel Pearl, in 2015. Most recently, she joined the Symphony onstage for the community Hanukkah concert A Night of Miracles in 2017.

Cantor Ilan Davidson at with the LAJS at the Kindred Spirits 2014 concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Cantor Ilan Davidson has served Temple Beth El since 1995 and released his first album, Stained Glass, the same year. The versatile tenor has sung many operatic and musical theater roles and has starred in his own one-man musical reviews.

Cantor Davidson and Maestra Green began working together back in 2002. The pair have since performed more than 10 concerts together, including collaborations on shows in Palm Springs and San Pedro as well as, ultimately, the Kindred Spirits concert series at Disney Hall.

Cantor Ilan Davidson at with the LAJS at the Kindred Spirits 2014 concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Mark Kashper is the Founding Concertmaster and a frequent soloist of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. Kashper has performed extensively throughout Europe, Latin America and the former Soviet Union. He has held the position of Associate Principal Second Violinist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1986.

Mr. Kashper has appeared as a soloist at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the Ojai Festival, as well as in many New Music Group and Chamber Music Series programs, collaborating with such distinguished musicians as Heinz Holliger, André Previn, Emanuel Ax and Yefim Bronfman.

Cantor Ilan Davidson at with the LAJS at the Kindred Spirits 2014 concert at Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Thirteen-year-old Eden Kontesz has been performing in concerts and musicals, on television and at sporting events and galas since she was five years old, appearing in such venues as the Beverly Hilton and the Saban Theatre. The soprano/actress has appeared in numerous TV series and commercials, films and recordings.

A longtime friend of the LAJS, Kontesz first appeared with the Symphony at the age of six, performing as part of the Symphony’s annual education program A Patchwork of Cultures: Exploring the Sephardic-Latino Connection.

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