Shaar Hashomayim Music & Arts (SH’MA) recently announced an exciting addition to the programme for Tonight, Tonight!, celebrating the magnificent music of Leonard Bernstein: Jamie Bernstein, the eldest daughter of Leonard Bernstein and author of the deeply intimate memoir Famous Father Girl (2018) will host the concert.

Jamie joins an already extraordinary line-up of artists including Broadway actress and soprano Leah Edwards, Metropolitan opera star Dimitri Pittas, and the Shaar’s own internationally-acclaimed tenor, Cantor Gideon Zelermyer. The programme includes Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, excerpts from West Side Story, Candide, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and the Concerto for Orchestra, in addition to some of the music that most inspired Bernstein, by Mahler and Copland. Shaar Hashomayim Music Director Roï Azoulay and Boris Brott (Bernstein’s former assistant conductor at the New York Philharmonic) conduct The McGill Chamber Orchestra and the choirs of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim and St. Matthias’ Anglican Church (music director Scott Bradford) in a special first-time collaboration.

Jamie Bernstein is a writer, broadcaster, and filmmaker. In her deeply moving and often hilarious memoir Famous Father Girl, Bernstein mines the emotional depths of her childhood and invites us into her family’s private world. A fantastic set of characters populates the Bernsteins’ lives, including: the Kennedys, Mike Nichols, John Lennon, Richard Avedon, Stephen Sondheim, Jerome Robbins, and Lauren Bacall. Beginning 15 years ago with “The Bernstein Beat,” a family concert about her father’s music modeled after his own ground-breaking Young People’s Concerts, Jamie has gone on to design, write and narrate concerts for worldwide audiences of all ages about the music of Mozart, Copland, Stravinsky, and many others. Her prize-winning documentary, Crescendo: The Power of Music focuses on children in struggling urban communities who participate in youth orchestra programs, inspired by Venezuela’s revolutionary El Sistema movement.

Conductor Roï Azoulay, Cantor Gideon Zelermyer and the Shaar Hashomayim choir came to international attention for their stunning contribution to Leonard Cohen’s You Want it Darker, the iconic artist’s final album, which went on to win Juno and Grammy Awards in 2018. In January 2016, Azoulay led the Cantor and Choir in a performance at the United Nations in New York City, marking the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust. Cantor Gideon Zelermyer, now in his 15th year at Shaar Hashomayim, has performed around the world as a featured soloist. Music Director Roï Azoulay has conducted the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, and the Israel Chamber Orchestra. He was previously Music Director of the Great Synagogue Choir in Strasbourg, France.

This concert is also in tribute to Marvin Corber, a music lover and valued supporter of Shaar Hashomayim.

Tonight, Tonight! A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein takes place Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 pm with Jamie Bernstein, narrator; Leah Edwards, soprano; Dimitri Pittas, tenor; Cantor Gideon Zelermyer, tenor; Roï Azoulay, Conductor; Boris Brott, Guest Conductor; The McGill Chamber Orchestra; The Choirs of Congregation Shaar Hashomayim & St. Matthias’ Anglican Church at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim, 120 Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Antoine, Westmount. Tickets $100. Premier tickets: $250, includes reserved seating, valet parking, pre-concert dinatoire & partial tax receipt. Tickets: 514.937.9474 ext. 139 or

—Congregation Shaar Hashomayim


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