A Musical Celebration Honoring Donna and Cantor Nathan Lam

Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Orpheum Theatre

Co-presented by Stephen Wise Temple
a flyer for the LAJS concert "A World of Jewish Music"

The LAJS was pleased to perform at the historic downtown Orpheum Theatre in a gala celebration of Donna and Cantor Nathan Lam‘s 40th anniversary of service to Stephen Wise Temple and their community.  The orchestra accompanied Dr. Dee and her Sacred Praise Chorale and well-known songwriters Steven Bishop and Artie Butler. The LAJS’s own Wendy Prober-Cohen was piano soloist in Charles Fox’s thrilling Victory at Entebbe.


Donna and Cantor Nate Lam
Cantor Nate and Donna Lam


Artie Butler was born in Brooklyn, NY, and as a teenager was discovered by the legendary songwriting and producing team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Artie was hired to replace a pianist for a recording session and as they say… “the rest is history.”

Artie is one of the most respected arrangers and composers in the music business. He has been involved in every phase of the music industry: arranging, composing, producing, supervising and playing. He has arranged over seventy-five hit records and played on hundreds of other recordings. He has been awarded over sixty gold and platinum albums. His arrangement and featured piano work on the hit record “Feelin’ Alright” by Joe Cocker remains a true classic in American pop music and rock and roll…

Stephen Bishop, a songwriter since the age of thirteen, left his home in San Diego for Los Angeles at seventeen. He got a job as a staff songwriter at E.H. Morris Publishing  for fifty dollars a week. Years later, this veteran songwriter has had his songs recorded by Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Art Garfunkel, Barbra Streisand, Kenny Loggins, Beyonce, Pavarotti, David Crosby and many others. Over the years, film fans have long treasured Bishop’s appearances in pictures such as Kentucky Fried Movie, The Blues Brothers, Twilight Zone: The Movie and, of course, his legendary cameo as the “Charming Guy with Guitar” in National Lampoon’s Animal House, which he did the theme to. In addition to “Separate Lives” from the movie White Nights, he’s contributed songs for other films, such as Tootsie, The China Syndrome, Roadie, Mickie & Maude and Unfaithfully Yours, among others…

Wendy Prober has performed throughout the United States and Canada as a critically acclaimed chamber musician and soloist. She is the founding pianist of the award-winning Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, and has served as Artist-in-Residence at Loyola Marymount University, the prestigious USC Composition Department, “Sunday’s Live” at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Montgomery Arts House for Music and Architecture (MAHMA), as well as the popular Los Angeles based, SPaCE Salon. Highly sought after as an expert in the performance of new music, Prober recorded Morton Lauridsen’s “Cuatro Canciones” on the RCM label. She has served as Faculty-in-Residence for Loyola Marymount, and the University of Judaism, and for two seasons was Executive Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, with whom she continues to solo frequently. In addition, Prober has oft been a featured soloist with Robert Kapilow’s wildly celebrated, “What Makes it Great,” series…


Dr. Diane White-Clayton's headshot
Dr. Diane White-Clayton
The Sacred Praise Chorale performs alongside the LAJS.
The Sacred Praise Chorale