Jewish World Music at Congregation Beth El, Bangor

Posted Oct. 11, 2013, at 1:15 p.m.

Jewish World Music at Congregation Beth El, Bangor

Special Sabbath Event- December 6 and 7

Just the Facts:

Friday Dec. 6: 7pm Program and Sabbath Service – Service in Song

Saturday Dec. 7: 7pm Program – From Beijing to Biloxi


Congregation Beth El

183 French Street

Bangor, Maine 04401

For more information:

Telephone: 207. 945.4578

Congregation Beth El in Bangor will hold a musical weekend December 6 and 7 as Cantor Robyn Helzner and her trio present World Jewish Music-

Helzner says this concert will allow you to “experience the compelling melodies of modern Israel, the folk tunes of Eastern Europe, the love songs of Sephardic Spain and the eclectic compositions of contemporary North America…” To further enhance the journey, Robyn will tell vivid stories about the songs and the places that she has visited as an ambassador of World Jewish Music.

Helzner is luminous on stage. A stunning vocalist and vivid storyteller, she brings a life-long appreciation of the power of folk music to resonate across cultural boundaries.

Her trio includes: Dov Weitman, a virtuoso on mandolin and guitar, who drives the Trio’s spot-on instrumentals and arranges the group’s signature vocal harmonies. Matt Holsen, an accomplished singer and instrumentalist, who grew up in Spain and Chile, bringing a unique mix of music from three cultures to the touch of his bass and the timbre of his voice.

Helzner has a singular reputation for bringing Jewish music to uncommon locales. She performed underground concerts for Jews and refuseniks in the Soviet Union. During the period of glasnost, Helzner was the only American artist invited to appear in sold-out concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg. The historic concerts enabled audiences to reclaim their Jewish identity. Inspired by these events, she formed the Robyn Helzner Trio.

Two decades later, the Trio continues to perform music that reaches into the hearts and souls of its listeners. Helzner officiated at the first bar mitzvah held in Beijing, China, and has worked with Congregations in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Recent Trio performances include the 2nd International Jewish Music Festival in Amsterdam/The Netherlands, and a national celebration of Israel’s birthday that attracted 50,000 people to Washington, D.C.

The group has been featured at the Smithsonian Institution, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and in concerts sponsored by the Covenant Foundation for Louisiana and Mississippi communities struggling to rebuild in the wake of hurricane devastation.

Robyn Helzner Trio presentation of world Jewish music will be part of a special Sabbath musical weekend at Congregation Beth El, Bangor.

Helzner serves as cantorial soloist for Temple Sinai and the Sixth and Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC.

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