Enjoy a Persian buffet lunch while listening to Purim traditions and story by Rabbi Joey Felsen.
In opera, anything is possible.
To get their way, women may dress up as men, and maids as baronesses; anybody can turn into an animal and even morph into fire.
Celebrate Purim with characters in disguise and the greatest party scenes in opera. Includes pieces by Mozart, Handel, Strauss, Bernstein and more.
Pianist and vocal coach Efrat Levy was born in Tel Aviv.
After spending a few years in Berlin, she is currently based out of the Bay Area. She performs regularly with opera singers and chamber ensembles in recitals all over the world.
Levy has participated in numerous festivals in Israel, Europe and the United States, including the Tel-Hai Piano Program, the Perlman Music Program, the Academie de Musique de Lausanne master classes (violin and piano), Sounding Jerusalem International Festival, Kfar-Blum, Abu-Gosh and Ein-Hod Music Festivals (Israel) as well as the Jewish Music Festival in Berlin. In addition, she participated in the ISAM International Music Festival as a pianist and musical director (Germany).
Efrat works as a corepetitor at the Israeli Opera house, her own private studio and a variety of studios and productions including the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Kibutzit Orchestra and the Tel Aviv choir. She regularly performs as a piano accompanist and vocal coach in the IVAI Opera Program in Tel Aviv and in Chiari, Italy.
Enthusiastic about the idea of exposing young children to the wonders of opera, Efrat created an interactive musical program for children which she performed in preschools and children centers throughout Berlin and Israel.
She played in a first CD recording of Czech composer Jaromir Weinberer's pieces for violin and piano, a Deutschlandfunk Köln production.
Efrat holds a B.A. (graduated with honors) in Solo Piano Performance and an M.A. (graduated with honors) in Vocal Repertoire Instruction and Chamber Music from the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music. Among her teachers are Malka Mevorach-Choset, Professor Jonathan Zak, Arnon Erez and Hannah Shalgi.
Mezzo Soprano—Deborah Rosengaus
Deborah Rosengaus is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a sought-after opera and musical theater performer, both locally and internationally. She has performed internationally in East Asia and Australia, with recitals in Mexico, Europe and across the U.S. in halls such as Avery Fisher Hall, Carnegie Hall, Beijing Center for the Performing Arts, Santori Hall in Tokyo and Disney Hall with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Locally, Deborah regularly performs with Lamplighters, Opera Cultura, Opera San Jose, Pocket Opera, Hillbarn, ABS, BACH, Solo Opera, Berkeley Chamber Opera and North Bay Stage Company. She is also a popular performer at colleges, community centers and senior centers, including the JCCs in Marin, Sonoma, Foster City and Palo Alto.
Ms. Rosengaus is a founding member of the Chamber Ensemble Camerata Sospiro. She holds a BM from USC and an MM from the Manhattan School of Music.
Soprano Erin McOmber has taken the stage as Mimì (La Bohème), Blanche de la Force (Dialogues des Carmélites), the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, the Witch (Hansel and Gretel), the Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Meg Page (Falstaff) and both Micaëla and Frasquita (Carmen).
Her doctoral dissertation was on the complete songs of Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin in his native Polish. A dedicated Mozart singer, she has performed as soprano soloist for his Requiem, as well as the roles of Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Countess (Le nozze di Figaro), and both Donna Elvira and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni). Oratorio and concert and oratorio credits include Mahler's Symphony No. 4, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Fauré's Requiem and Handel's Messiah.
Erin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of California at San Diego, holds a Master of Music degree from Brigham Young University and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Utah, all in voice performance.
Ms. McOmber, a member of NATS and ACDA, teaches voice privately on the Peninsula, serves as voice coach for the iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir, conducts and sings in the Palo Alto-based Mayfield Singers and is Music Director for Concerts at the Presidio.
Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by a generous grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties.