The Los Angeles Jewish Symphony is celebrating its 18th anniversary this year with a series of live performances, beginning with a March 31 concert at Valley Beth Shalom, in the San Fernando Valley. The “Istoria Judia — La Convivencia Musical” concert concentrated on Morocco’s Sephardic tradition and commemorated the 1492 expulsion of Jews from Spain. On June 23 LAJS is partnering for the fifth year with non-profit concert producer Kindred Spirits for a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall to benefit the anti-genocide organization Jewish World Watch. LAJS’s anniversary finale takes place at Hollywood’s John Anson Ford Amphitheatre on August 26.
Noreen Green is the co-founder, artistic director and conductor of LAJS. She calls LAJS “the wandering Jewish orchestra,” because it doesn’t have a permanent home, and performs at venues throughout LA. LAJS presents up to four concerts each year, as well as smaller chamber music events. The Arty Semite talked with Green about the LAJS at 18, defining Jewish music and commissioning new works.
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