A poster advertising the 2022 concert A Patchwork of Cultures

A PATCHWORK OF CULTURES

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) is excited to present A Patchwork of Cultures: Exploring the Sephardic-Latino Connection at Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue on Sunday, February 27 at 3:00 PM. The concert was free and open to the public!

Featuring a program of music derived from their innovative annual education program, this free concert explores the deep ties between Sephardic Jews and the people of Latin America, using music as a cultural bridge between the two communities. The concert featured the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony performing a Sephardic and Latino repertoire with special guests Gustavo Hernández and Jordan Charnofsky.

 

All attendees were required to present a photo ID and proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 at the door in order to be admitted.

All audience members were required to wear masks for the duration of the performance, and audience capacity was restricted in accordance with health department guidelines.

FEATURED SOLOISTS

A headshot of guitarist Gustavo Hernandez

A versatile concert and operatic artist, Gustavo Hernández García has sung leading tenor roles in Carmen, La Traviata, Norma and many others. His oratorio solo credits include Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Messiah and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Mr. Hernández has performed in Mexico and in Europe. In Southern California, he has been a featured soloist with a number of opera companies and symphony orchestras. Most recently, he has appeared with the Southeast Symphony, Culver City Symphony and San Bernardino Symphony, making his Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the California Philharmonic Symphony. He was invited to sing for LA Opera as a guest artist for An Evening of Zarzuela and a concert of songs by Mexican composer Agustín Lara, who wrote the popular standard Granada; and Cinema Paradiso composer Andrea Morricone, accompanied by Maestro Morricone himself.

Mr. Hernández received his Bachelor of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory and his Master of Music degree from USC.

 

A headshot of solo guitarist Jordan Charnofsky

A refined classical crossover artist, Jordan Charnofsky bridges the styles of classical, world, popular, klezmer and Sephardic music. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as playing with “lucid grace,” “a sure hand,” “expressive range,” and “bravura,” he often performs as featured soloist with symphony orchestras. He has served as principal guitar for the L.A. Opera Orchestra and has accompanied such superstars as Juan Diego Flórez, Bryn Terfel and the late Luciano Pavarotti.

Greatly in demand as a soloist and ensemble musician, Mr. Charnofsky has performed in the World Festival of Sacred Music, the Playboy Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl Children’s Concerts and at the Academy Awards celebrations. He has appeared at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center, Ford Amphitheatre, Greek Theatre and the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

Mr. Charnofsky has performed on numerous television broadcasts and has toured the US, Japan and Russia. He holds a Doctor of Music Arts degree from USC.

 

VIRTUAL EDUCATION OUTREACH

We’ve been presenting our education outreach program for over a decade, and in 2021 we were able to adapt our curriculum to serve virtual classrooms across LA County!

Our program, usually presented through in-class workshops to 4th and 5th graders, was reimagined for the virtual classroom to include LAJS Teaching Artists, guest speakers, interactive games, short videos, orchestra clips and the creation of a personalized piece of artwork by each student.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR VIRTUAL LESSONS!

BATTLE OF THE SECTIONS

At the end of our Spring 2021 virtual program, students voted for their favorite instrument family!!

WHAT DID OUR PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS RECEIVE?
  • Six 10- to 15-minute lesson modules that include interactive games, guest speakers, LAJS archival concert footage and guest musical performances
  • One teacher guide book per classroom that includes additional activities and discussion points
  • One digital CD that includes recordings of all songs included in the lessons, as well as individual musical instrument samples
  • A culminating virtual “art gallery” featuring student artwork created during the program
  • A culminating streamed concert performed by the full Los Angeles Jewish Symphony, featuring music from the lessons and interactive dialogue with Dr. Noreen Green

We’re thankful to all our education program sponsors and collaborators – you make it possible for us to continue engaging students with the arts, and promoting tolerance among the multitude of cultures that comprise our community.