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Culture & Community » Tarbut: Festival of Jewish Culture » Festival Schedule  


Festival Schedule:

 For Tickets:  CLICK HERE  (ON SALE OCT. 1, 2013)

 Saturday, November 16, 8:00 p.m.
In Tribute to Barbra Streisand photo barbra_zpse14b94a7.jpeg

The incomparable Barbra Streisand!  We can’t bring you Barbra in person, but we can bring you her music! This concert pays homage to the beloved Barbra Streisand and her incredible voice while taking the audience on a journey of her long and wonderful career.  Headlined and coordinated by the torch voiced Heitha Forsyth, this concert will feature the well-known Broadway and jazz songs from Barbra’s early career through to the pop and contemporary hits of her career as it developed over time.  Featuring stellar Winnipeg musicians Will Bonness, piano,  Karl Kohut, bass,  Rob Siwik (please note correct spelling) drums, Paul Balcain, tenor sax, Andrew Littleford, trumpet, Todd Martin, mellophone/flugel horn, Kristopher Ulrich, guitar, with backup vocals: David Grenon, Brooke Wylie, Joanna Majoko. Prepare to leave the theatre singing!



Sunday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

The Ballad of the Weeping Spring

Balada Le'aviv Ha'bohe


Torn apart by tragedy, a legendary band reunites to play an emotional final concert in the captivating feature The Ballad of the Weeping Spring, a stylized homage to spaghetti westerns and samurai epics, shot entirely in Israel but set in a mythical time and place. With a pervasive pan-ethnic soundtrack serving as the film’s backbone, the story centers on the brooding Josef Tawila (Israeli Film Acadmey winner Uri Gavriel), once the leader of a Mizrahi band (a unique musical form combining Middle Eastern and North African influences), who lives a hermit-like existence in the wake of a terrible accident. In a series of quirky vignettes across stunning exotic locations, Tawila brings together his old musician buddies to grant the last wishes of a dying friend, while healing his own tortured soul.


Israel, 2012

Director: Benny Torati

Hebrew with English subtitles

105 minutes

Print Source: Israelifilms




Monday, November 18, 7:30 p.m.

The Matchmaker

Arik, a teenage boy growing up in Haifa, Israel in 1968, gets a job working for Yankele Bride, a matchmaker. Yankele, a mysterious Holocaust survivor, has an office in back of a movie theatre that shows only love stories, run by a family of seven Romanian dwarves in the seedy area by the port. Yankele introduces Arik to a new world, built on the ruins of an old one. As Arik begins to learn the mysteries of the human heart through his work with Yankele, he falls in love with Tamara, his friend Beni's cousin. Tamara has just returned from America and is full of talk of women's rights, free love and rock and roll. The disparate parts of Arik's life collide in unexpected, often funny and very moving ways as he lives through a summer that changes him forever. Avi Nesher's latest film mixes comedy with drama as it tells a coming-of-age story unlike any you've ever seen before.


Nominated for seven Israeli Academy Awards, 2010



Tuesday, November 19, 7
:30 p.m.
Omer Avital Quintet


 photo Omer-Avital-Hi-Res-2_zpsf91ddbb6.jpgOmer Avital, hailed by the LA Times as “a pioneer in combining jazz with myriad world music elements,” is a composer, a virtuosic bassist, and an active force on the world music scene for well over a decade. The New York Times wrote “Mr. Avital and his group are producing some of the most original music being heard in New York.”   Born and raised in Israel to parents of Yemenite and Moroccan descent, Avital was surrounded by Arabic melodies, Yemenite liturgical music, Ashkenazi and Sephardic songs and prayers.  In 2008, Avital was awarded the Prime Minister’s Award, the most prestigious distinction for artists in Israel.  Joined in Winnipeg by jazz superstars, Greg Tardy, (saxophone), Yonatan Avishai (piano), Eli Degibri (saxophone), and Daniel Freedman (drums).



Wednesday November 20, 7:30 p.m.

NCB News Correspondent Martin Fletcher

Jacob’s Oath: A Novel


Martin Fletcher was the NBC Middle East correspondent and the Tel Aviv Bureau Chief for more than three decades. In his new novel, the National Jewish Book Award-winner, has taken the deepest lesson he learned in his career as a foreign correspondent and has applied it to fiction.


In JACOB’S OATH, he follows two people emerging from one of history’s greatest tragedies, and examines the challenges they face in coping with the rest of their lives. Fletcher has won 5 Emmy Awards for his work on the first and then second Palestinian uprisings, the horrors of the wars in Rwanda and Kosovo, and then for his story on trauma medicine in Israel. 


Other awards in his distinguished career include the television Pulitzer, the DuPont from Columbia University, five Overseas Press Club Awards, several Edward R. Murrow awards, a Hugo gold medal for a documentary on Israel which he shared with other NBC staffers, and an award from the Royal Society of television in Britain. His previous books include The List, Walking Israel, and Breaking News. Martin won a prestigious National Jewish Book Award for Breaking News.


Today, he serves as an NBC News Special Correspondent.  Fletcher and his wife and family live in Israel and the U.S.


Visit his website www.martinfletcher.net and read a Q&A with the Jewish Book Council

Thursday, November 21, 7:30 p.m.
Giller Prize Finalist, Nancy Richler, The Imposter Bride

 photo NancyRichler_Headshotfall2012bw_zpse3fbcb54.jpgNancy Richler’s short fiction has been published in various American and Canadian literary journals. Her first novel, Throwaway Angels, was published in 1996 and was short-listed for the 1997 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel. Her second novel, Your Mouth Is Lovely, won the 2003 Canadian Jewish Book Award for fiction and Italy’s 2004 Adei-Wizo Prize. It has been translated into seven languages.

Her most recent Novel, The Imposter Bride, is the 2013 Canadian Jewish Book Award winner for Fiction, was short-listed for the 2012 Giller Prize, was one of the Globe and Mail Best Books of the Year and an Editor’s Choice book in the New York Times Book Review. Born in Montreal, Nancy Richler lived for many years in Vancouver but has recently returned to Montreal where she lives with her partner Vicki and dog Bella. Visit her website www.nancyrichler.com or read this Q&A featured in Maclean's magazine for more details.

Read a review of her recent novel, The Imposter Bride

Saturday, November 23, 8:00 p.m.
Israel Brass Quintet

The Israel Brass Quintet, founded in 1998, is comprised of five professional musicians who are graduates of the  photo page7_zpsf968c7d9.jpegfinest schools in Israel. All of the musicians have served either in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Army Band or the Israeli Air Force Band as soloists and musical arrangers. Yuval Shapiro, trumpet, is principal trumpet with the Israel Camerata in Jerusalem. Yaron Herring, trombone, performs with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Guy Sarig, trumpet, plays with the Netanya Kibbutz Chamber Orchestra. Avital Handler, tuba, has been the principal tuba player in the Rishon L’Zion Symphony Orchestra since 2000. Barak Yeivin, French horn, performs with Rishon L’Zion Symphony Orchestra as well as conducting the Ariel Chamber Orchestra. Not only do these five musicians have an outstanding repertoire ranging from Monteverdi to popular Israeli tunes – they do it all with a sense of humour. Never has the brass been so much fun!!

Sunday, November 24, 1:00 p.m.
The Magic of Brass: A Family Chanukah Concert

Fasten your seatbelts, pay close attention, and take a deep breath as you take off on a thrilling journey through the history of music. You will witness battles and ritual rites, visit kings castles and palaces, participate in ceremonies and balls and even feast with knights. You will accompany hunters in thick forests, cross continents and kingdoms, experience many surprises. What was the first musical instrument? How did pre-historic man use it? Through easy and entertaining explanations, you will understand the origin of the brass instruments – trumpet, French horn, trombone, and tuba; you will gain insight into why these instruments appear in the last row of the symphony orchestra! This concert is recognized by the Israeli Ministry of Education for promoting culture in schools. Suitable for all ages from pre-schoolers to senior citizens. Chanukah songs included! This concert is interactive – you have been warned!


Tarbut Festival Director: Tamar Barr -  tbarr@radyjcc.com   204-477-7537

Tarbut Festival Communications: Rebecca Brask rbrask@radyjcc.com 204-477-7533

Tarbut Music Producer: Karla Berbrayer - kberb@shaw.ca

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