Jewish Music Festival gets under way

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The Jewish Music Festival begins its 22nd season at 7:30 p.m. today with “Musical Fortunes,” a klezmer and Gypsy-inspired world premiere by Oakland composer Dan Cantrell, performed by the choral group Kitka and Michael Alpert. The show is at the First Congregational Church, 2345 Channing Way, Berkeley.

The series, running through March 25 (mostly in the East Bay), includes a few San Francisco events. “Tales from Terezin: A Musical Journey,” features violinist Randall Weiss and The Bridge Players presenting music originally performed at Terezin concentration camp, including work by Czech composer Gideon Klein. (Klein’s chamber music partner in the camp, Paul Kling, taught Weiss the violin.) The performance is at 4 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav, 290 Dolores St. (at 16th Street).

Pop-classical-folk singer Noa (known in Israel by her given name Achinaom Nin), is an acclaimed international recording artist with Yemenite roots who grew up in the Bronx. Her work has been compared with Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon; she also sang on the soundtrack for Roberto Benigni’s “Life is Beautiful.” She performs at 8 p.m. March 21 and 22 at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, 3200 California St. Tickets are $50. Call (415) 276-1511.

For a complete schedule of festival events, visit www.jewishmusicfestival.org. For tickets to most shows, call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

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