Jewish center hosts special concert |

Jewish center hosts special concert

Congregation B’nai Harim at the Nevada County Jewish Community Center will host a special musical event at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, featuring musician/teacher Mark Levy.

Levy has performed and taught throughout the country and abroad for 35 years. He accompanies himself on guitar and drum and will give a concert, which includes folk ballads and songs in Ladino, the language of the Sephardic (Spanish) Jews of Turkey, Greece, Morocco and the Balkans — some of the most beautiful melodies in the folk tradition. Written in exile, their origins are with the Jews who were forcibly expelled from Spain in 1492 during the Spanish Inquisition. Some of these songs are in danger of being lost to the repertoire, as the native carriers of this tradition are rapidly passing on. Levy has traced his own father’s family back 500 years to Spain and Portugal. Folk songs from other traditions will also be included.

Tickets are $15 and children under 12 are free. For reservations email Checks are to be made out to NCJCC and mailed to P. O. Box 1426, Grass Valley, CA 95945, Attn: ARLENE WAXMAN.

The concert will be at 506 Walsh St., Grass Valley.

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