Tedeschi to star in anniversary concert

August 16, 2015 by Geoff Sirmai
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One of Australia’s foremost pianists is to perform at Sydney’s North Shore Synagogue as part of its 75th anniversary celebrations.


Simon Tedeschi, Zvi Teichtahl, Ben Adler  and Dr Joseph Toltz

Simon Tedeschi will star in Classics at Dusk  performing Gershwin favourites such as Summertime, Rhapsody in Blue, I Got Rhythm and more. The concert will include vocal and instrumental favourites from the classic Jewish liturgical repertoire in exquisite all-new arrangements by Dr Joseph Toltz, all performed by Cantor Zvi Teichtahl and a piano and string quintet led by Benjamin Adler.

Founded in 1940, North Shore was the first synagogue in the north of Sydney, and is still one of the city’s largest.

Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most sought-after pianists, awarded several prestigious prizes including first prize in the Keyboard division of the Royal Overseas League Competition (UK), Symphony Australia’s Young Performer of the Year Award, and the Legacy Award from the Creativity Foundation (USA). Also recipient of a Centenary of Federation Medal, Tedeschi has performed in major concert halls throughout Europe, North America and Asia, and for world leaders such as Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama and their Royal Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess of Denmark. As soloist, he regularly performs with orchestras around Australia and worldwide, with conductors including Richard Bonynge, Alan Gilbert, Jun Märkl and Sir William Southgate.

Chief cantor of the North Shore Synagogue since 2008, Zvi Teichtahl is a highly-regarded Australian-born lyric tenor whose training, scholarships, awards and performances have taken him all over Australia and to Israel. From a young age, Zvi has played an active role in Synagogue services in Melbourne and Sydney and his performance at the 2012 Remembrance Day concert at North Shore Synagogue was recorded and broadcast on Fine Music 102.5-FM.

Ben Adler, having graduated as a full scholarship student from Newington College with a perfect score in the International Baccalaureate Diploma program, studied in Washington and at the Sydney Conservatorium where he is now pursuing post-graduate studies. He was recently named the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s Emerging Artist for 2016.

An international authority on Jewish music (including being co-investigator on a 3 year funded project at Leeds University), Dr Joseph Toltz has worked with Synagogue music for over 30 years as choirmaster, cantor and organist. Currently based at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, he is a former fellow of the US Holocaust Memorial Museum and has spoken at 23 international conferences in just the last three years. In 2014 he produced the children’s opera Brundibar at the Angel Place Recital Hall and continues to sing professionally in a number of Sydney choirs.


The Program

Simon Tedeschi: Gershwin and Me

Yiddish, liturgical and cantorial classics including works by Lewandowski, Bruch, Ravel, Rosenblatt & Blumenthal. With Cantor Zvi Teichtahl and musicians Benjamin Adler (leader, violin), Angela Cassar (violin), Elizabeth Woolnough (viola), Joseph Eisinger (cello) & Samantha Coates (piano).

Sunday 1 November 2015 at 4pm (doors open at 3.30pm)

The North Shore Synagogue, 15 Treatts Road Lindfield

Tickets $55/$45 (conc) Book www.trybooking.com/boxe or 9416 3710


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