Very proud to have finished a great run of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas with Chicago Summer Opera! Established in 2013, the Chicago Summer Opera was established to help young artists fine tune their unique skills. The mission is to provide affordable training to developing singers while providing accessible and high quality performances to the community. Thanks to Alex and Codrut and everyone else for the opportunity!
I’ve been appointed the new Music Director at The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism. My first Shabbat service will be July 14.
The Birmingham Temple was founded in 1963 by Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine (1928-2007) and eight families seeking to establish a new temple in suburban Detroit. The Temple offers a warm and welcoming community of people who are committed to exploring the application of Humanistic values in all areas of human experience against the background of a modern and relevant Jewish culture and identity. Consistent with these values, there are no barriers to full participation by individuals or families of mixed heritage.
When I first set foot inside The Birmingham Temple three years ago I could never have imagined what a huge role this community would come to play in my life. Honored and humbled to share that I will be assuming this new post in July!
Honored to announce that I have been awarded 2nd Prize in The American Prize Competition for Conducting (Opera/Musical Theatre – Community Division) for “HMS Pinafore!”
This was my third production as Music Director with the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society and I couldn’t be prouder to receive this recognition on behalf of the Society. Really looking forward to next month’s performance of “The Pirates of Penzance (or, The Slave of Duty)!”
Some more exciting news…
I’m a Semi-Finalist in The American Prize for composition! I advanced with “Mountain Suite” in the Orchestra division and “Ile” in the Opera, Theatre, Film division.
Some exciting news…
I’m a Finalist in The American Prize for solo piano! I submitted the video of my performance of “Rhapsody in Blue” from December 2015 on a concert presented by the Birmingham Musicale.
Had such a great experience at the Miami Summer Music Festival this summer! Enjoy these pics!
Just finished a great production of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore (or, The Lass That Loved a Sailor)” with the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society!
From a review by Wendy Wright, A2View.com, April 9, 2016 –
…the reason most people see a Gilbert and Sullivan production is for the music and music director Ezra Donner does not disappoint. Under his direction the large orchestra is nuanced and does not overpower the singers and the chorus sounds terrific.
(Read the full review at “This HMS Pinafore is smooth sailing at UMGASS.”)
Please enjoy these photos! (Photos by Marilyn Gouin.)
Thrilled to have been invited by the Birmingham Musicale to perform on their fall concert!
The concert, held at The Congregational Church of Birmingham in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, was entitled “The Sweet Sound of American Music” and featured the work of American composers. I brought selections by Copland, Shapero, and Gershwin.
This past week at the North American Jewish Choral Festival was such an amazing experience, with great music and new friendships that I’m sure will last a long time. Such a privilege to be able to attend this year as a Festival Fellow.
So touched by the warm welcome I received in Toronto this weekend as a guest artist at 2015 Jewish Music Week.
Please enjoy these photos and a video!