Let’s Play LA!

Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 7:30 PM
The Ford Theatre

Co-presented by The Ford Theatre
Flyer for the concert Let's Play LA at the Ford Amphitheatre

The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony (LAJS) presented a playful evening of captivating orchestral music by Los Angeles Jewish composers from the film and video game industries. Under the baton of Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Noreen Green, the 60-piece orchestra premiered a viola concerto by video game composer Garry Schyman (Bioshock), featuring violist Matthew Cohen; premiered a concert suite of Disney’s Fantasia: Music Evolved by video game composer Inon Zur (Fallout 4); and performed a guitar concerto by film score composer Elmer Bernstein (To Kill a Mockingbird, Ghostbusters), featuring guitarist Max Brenner. The concert opened with a tribute to the legendary band leader and comedian Mickey Katz, arranged by Zinovy Goro, followed by The Palestine Suite by Walter Scharf (Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).

Acclaimed artistic director Dr. Noreen Green conducts the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony as they pay homage to the works of Inon Zur. A very special tribute to BMI composer Mickey Katz was also part of the magical night when clarinetist/BMI composer and Klezmer maven Zinovy Goro showcased the music of the late comedian and musician...”



American violist Matthew Cohen is a dynamic and versatile artist whose captivating performances have made him one of the most sought-after violists of his generation.  A recipient of numerous accolades and prizes, he has been awarded the 2018 Center for Musical Excellence International Performing Arts Grant, top prizes at the 2018 Art of Duo: Boulder International Chamber Music Competition, the 2016 “Citta di Cremona” International Viola Competition in Cremona, Italy, the 2016 Juilliard Concerto Competition and 2015 Vivo International Music Competition and the “Best Performance of Commissioned Work” prize at the 2014 Primrose International Viola Competition…

Classical guitarist, Max Brenner has found his niche in connecting with his audiences by developing a unique act which combines the beauty of Classical music and sophistication of jazz standards. Max’s solo concerts and private performances leave his audience wanting more. Max released his first solo album in 2017 available on iTunes and Spotify.

Max made his debut in 2016 at the Ford Amphitheater performing the Bernstein Guitar Concerto with the Los Angeles Jewish Symphony. Since then, he has appeared all over the country and in Europe…



The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers is an American not-for-profit performance-rights organization that protects its members’ musical copyrights by monitoring public performances of their music, whether via a broadcast or live performance and compensating them accordingly.

The Ford Theatre

The John Anson Ford Theatre is a music venue in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. The 1,200-seat outdoor amphitheater is situated within the Cahuenga Pass within the Santa Monica Mountains.

Jewish Community Foundation
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Michael and Lori Milken Family Foundation

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Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary

For more than 75 years, Hillside Memorial Park has provided members of the Jewish community the means to honor and remember their loved ones in beauty, tranquility and the comfort of Jewish traditions.

Los Angeles County Arts Commission

The mission of the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture is to advance arts, culture, and creativity throughout LA County. We provide leadership, services, and support in areas including grants and technical assistance for nonprofit organizations, countywide arts education initiatives, commissioning and care for civic art collections, research and evaluation, access to creative pathways, professional development, free community programs, and cross sector creative strategies that address civic issues.

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.


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