Celebrating 18 years of performing orchestral works of distinction that illuminate the Jewish experience, CHAILights appropriately featured orchestra section leaders Mark Kashper, Zinovy Goro and Barry Gold as soloists.
Sam Glaser’s soulful music has become part of the fabric of Jewish life in communities worldwide. Named one of the top ten Jewish performers in the US by Moment magazine, Glaser is equally comfortable behind a grand piano in intimate solo concerts, leading his eight-piece band or headlining with full orchestra. While he typically performs in synagogues and Jewish Community Centers, he has appeared at such venues as L.A.’s Greek Theater, Gibson Amphitheater, Staples Center and Dodger Stadium as well as on Broadway and at the White House. He has concertized worldwide throughout Australia, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.
Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, Mark Kashper started taking violin lessons at the age of five. In addition to being a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, where he was one of the last and favorite pupils of the legendary David Oistrakh, Kashper also graduated from the Leningrad Conservatory. As a student, he was a recipient of numerous awards and scholarships. As the assistant concertmaster and soloist with the Moscow Conservatory Chamber Orchestra, he concertized extensively throughout the Soviet Union, Europe, and Latin America.
Los Angeles-born cellist Barry Gold, a member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since 1982, began studying cello with Gretchen Geber. A Young Musicians Foundation scholarship recipient, Gold began his performing career as a member of the YMF Debut Orchestra of Los Angeles; while still a teenager, he was a member of a piano trio that won a prestigious Coleman Chamber Music Prize. He earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, which awarded him the Eduard Steuermann Memorial Prize upon his graduation in 1979. In addition to cello studies with Harvey Shapiro, he studied chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard String Quartet.
Nathan Lam has been the cantor at Stephen S. Wise Temple since 1976. He is a founding Dean of the Academy of Jewish Religion’s California Cantorial School. He has been president of the Cantor Assembly, the largest organization of cantors worldwide, and currently serves as president of the Cantors Assembly Foundation. He witnessed the absorption of the Persian Jews as they had to adapt to the Ashkenazi customs already present at the temple.
Cantor Ilan Davidson has served Temple Beth El since 1995. The youngest in a long familial line of cantors, he began his training at the age of five with his mentor, Hazzan Philip Model z”l. With a strong performing arts background from the University of California, he is also a talented secular musician and contemporary Jewish singer and songwriter. He released his first album, Stained Glass, in 1995.
Ilysia Pierce has led Shabbat and High Holy Day services for Temple of the Arts since 1999. Prior to her tenure at the temple, Ilysia enjoyed a successful career entertaining audiences on stage, television (she originated the role of Miss Oops-A-Daisy in PBS, The Huggabug Club), and concert halls.
The Kiev native was Principal Clarinetist of the State Honored Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television in that city and Music Director of the Ukrainian Union’s Jazz Orchestra for ten years. In the US, as composer, arranger, orchestrator and clarinetist, Zinovy Goro has worked on countless film and television soundtracks and with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Founding Director of the Golden State Klezmers, Mr. Goro is currently Principal Clarinetist for the LAJS, which gave the World Premiere of his Tribute to Mickey Katz last year at the Ford Theatres.
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