Jewish Music Encounters

Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Gindi Auditorium

Co-presented by the Whizin Center for Continuing Education
a flyer for the LAJS concert "A World of Jewish Music"

Noreen Green led concertmaster Mark Kashper and the LAJS String Ensemble in an extraordinary evening of music inspired by specific writings and events.


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…

Israeli Flutist Itay Lantner performs regularly in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts. His musical endeavours have taken him throughout the United States, Israel, Italy, Germany, Spain, Denmark and France. Itay received his Bachelor degree in Flute Performance from the Tel Aviv University Buchman-Mehta School of Music and recently completed his Master of Music degree at Yale University­. Itay’s principal teachers include Ransom Wilson, Eyal Ein-Habar and Boaz Meirovitch.

While at Yale Itay, together with his wind quintet, won the Yale chamber Music Competition two years in a row. From 2003–2008 he won the America-Israel Cultural Foundation’s scholarships. He completed his military service as a musician winning the excellence in music award…

American Mezz-Soprano Diana Tash appears internationally in both operatic roles onstage and as a featured soloist. Ms. Tash and the late, renowned counter-tenor Brian Asawa released their Baroque duet album “Spirits of the Air” in October 2014, preceded earlier that year with a tour that included dates inSan Francisco, Los Angeles and Mexico, the latter at Guadalajara’s famed Teatro Degollado for the annual Festival de Mayo celebration.

Teamed with famed pianist Armen Guzelimian, performances have included solo recitals for Santa Barbara Opera in December 2011, and at Carnegie Hall in 2008, as well as Los Angeles’s Zipper Hall in 2006, from which a live recording, “Diana Tash, in Recital” was released in 2009 with LML records. Ms. Tash’s mezzo stage work has been hailed as “radiant” by the Los Angeles Times and “skillful” by the New York Times…


The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles

The Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles (JMCLA) is proud to provide a platform for musical talent while nurturing a deeper understanding of different people and their music. We have provided funding for scholarships and visiting artists to the Brandeis-Bardin Summer Collegiate Institute to support music education and creative opportunities. Through the Jewish Music Competitions, funding for original compositions of Jewish music have been awarded.

Whizin Center for Continuing Education

American Jewish University, formerly the separate institutions University of Judaism and Brandeis-Bardin Institute, is a Jewish institution in Los Angeles, California. Its largest component is its Whizin Center for Continuing Education in which 12,000 students are enrolled annually in non-credit granting courses.


KMZT is a commercial radio station licensed to Beverly Hills, California. Owned by Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters, the station serves Greater Los Angeles and much of surrounding Southern California.

Jewish Life Television

Jewish Life Television is an American entertainment television network broadcasting Jewish–themed programming. The network was founded in 2007 by Phil Blazer, a longtime journalist and producer of programming for the Jewish community.

American Israel Cultural Foundation

The America-Israel Cultural Foundation funds young Israeli talent by opening necessary doors for young artists to develop their skills in Israel and worldwide. By encouraging creative excellence in today’s youth from all backgrounds and supporting artistic organizations and programs across Israel, AICF unites Israel with the rest of the world through a shared passion for arts and culture.