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Eileen Wingard


Wingard, a former violinist with the San Diego Symphony, is a freelance writer specializing in coverage of the arts. San Diego Jewish World’s eulogy series is sponsored by Marc and Margaret Cohen in memory of Molly Cohen, and by Inland Industries Group LP in memory of long-time San Diego Jewish community leader Marie (Mrs. Gabriel) Berg.

Holocaust music showcased during ‘We Are the Tree of Life’ Programs

A pair of ‘We Are the Tree of Life’ programs, May 27, with Ali Viterbi interviewing Francesco Lotoro, and June 1, with Nuvi Mehta and Kate Hatmaker introducing nine Holocaust composers, were both impressive...
Nserrano, CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Lipinsky Family S.D. Jewish Arts Festival Schedule Announced

The 28th Annual Lipinsky Family San Diego Jewish Arts Festival, Jfest 2021, promises to be sparkling with more stars from all corners of the globe than ever before, thanks to the virtual platform for all...

Poems of Natan Alterman, Zelda, to be performed May 4

Two famous Israeli Poets, Natan Alterman and Zelda, will be featured at 7 p.m.  Tuesday, May 4, in a salute to  Jewish Poets of the Past. The evening presented by Jewish Poets—Jewish Voices, under the...

CD Compiles Music from Jewish and Other Ghettos

Frank London, jazz trumpeter, band leader, co-founder of the Klezmatics, founder of the Klezmer Brass Allstars and co-founder of the Klezmer Conservatory Band, is one of the most important figures in the Klezmer Renaissance....
Sholem Aleichem at his writing desk, Saint Petersburg, 1904. YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Felder’s ‘Before Fiddler’ Highlights Music of Sholem Aleichem Era

Hershey Felder continues to stream one-man shows from his current residence in Florence, Italy. Among his many portrayals of famous composers such as Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikowsky and Debussy, he also featured three great Jewish...

Jewish Poets, Voices to Feature Salovey, Thall, Gottleib

Todd Salovey, Lorraine Thall and June Gottleib are the three local poets to be featured in Jewish Poets—Jewish Voices’ opening program of its  2020-21 season. The virtual event will be streamed on Zoom Tuesday...

Daughter conducts violinist mom with Hungarian orchestra

This MSR recording is the first time in the annals of classical music that a violin soloist has been accompanied by her own conductor daughter! My sister, violinist Zina Schiff, my niece, conductor Avlana Eisenberg,...

Four violin pieces by Zina Schiff in celebration of Jerusalem Day

Yom Yerushalayim, marking the unification of the City of Jerusalem at the end of the Six Day War, will be commemorated  this Friday, May 22. Thus, I am writing this column about my sister,...
Yoav Talmi conducting at the Beijing Opera

Conductor Yoav Talmi a classical composer

Following his successful guest conducting engagement with China’s Beijing Symphony Orchestra last month, Israeli Conductor, Yoav Talmi, was immediately reengaged for another season. The manager wrote, “Those who attended the concert could testify to the...
From left, Gunnar Biggs, bass; Elizabeth Schwartz, vocals; Yale Strom, violin, and Robin henkel, dobro guitar.

‘Bluish’ concert features Jews and African-Americans

From the creative muse of Yale Strom comes another concert with the intriguing title, “BLUEISH: JEWS AND THE BLUES.” The multi-talented Strom, scholar-in-residence at SDSU’s Judaic Studies Department, has brought concerts combining his klezmer forces...