For 20 years, the Temple of Israel has produced a musical variety concert series in Greenville. With five concerts, the Music on Sunday series showcases high-quality musicians from a mix of genres — from Afro-Cuban to classical.
“Every concert really has something unique,” longtime music committee member Jack Cohan said. “We think it’s an exciting series. It has great variety, and it’s a great price.” The concerts are at 3 p.m. on select Sundays from October to March at the Temple of Israel.
With $75 season tickets and $20 individual concert tickets, guests may also enjoy a post-show complimentary wine-and-cheese reception to meet the artists. The season pass, called a “flex” ticket, may be used for any combination of five single admissions.
Saying much local musical entertainment consists of Broadway or pop, Cohan said Music on Sunday offers something different. “This is really the only thing of its kind in Greenville,” he said, “and we feel that’s unique.”
Cohan is responsible for scouting out talent he thinks would fit well in the concert series. This season’s lineup is composed of a classical group, an Afro-Cuban jazz quartet, a Celtic band, a classical pianist, and a Rosemary Clooney tribute show.
The 20th Anniversary 2018-19 Season
The American Chamber Players kick off the series Oct. 14. The group has opened for Music on Sunday many times in the past. Founder and artistic director Miles Hoffman and Joanna Maurer are the group’s violinists. Flutist Sara Stern, pianist Anna Stoytcheva, and cellist Stephen Balderston also make up the American Chamber Players.
Salsa Shark will bring can’t-sit-still music on Nov. 11. The Afro-Cuban jazz quartet is led by vibraphonist and composer Jason DeCristofaro and will perform both genre classics and new compositions. Also featured in the quartet is Warren Gaughan on the keyboard, Kevin Kehrberg on bass, Ruben Garcia on congas, and Isaac Wells on timbales/percussion.
The Hungry Monks will perform traditional, contemporary, and original Celtic songs and instrumentals on Jan. 20. With Hazel Ketchum on guitar and vocals, and John
Holenko on mandolin, guitar, and vocals, the band’s sound is influenced by medieval and renaissance, folk, blues, classical, and jazz. Also a part of The Hungry Monks is Bob Culver on violin and John Kennedy on bass.
Marta Felcman, an Argentine classical pianist, will be in
concert on Feb. 17. A winner of awards in Europe, South America, and the United States, Felcman’s programs include a variety of composers — from Bach to Ned Rorem.
Wendy Jones will perform her tribute show to Rosemary
Clooney, “Everything Is Rosie,” on March 10. The show follows Clooney’s rise in the ‘50s and success in the movie “White Christmas,” as well as her mental breakdown and return to the jazz charts in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Jones and her trio of musicians will perform Clooney’s hit songs as well as movie musicals.
Cohan said the longevity of the music series is surprising.
“We’re reaching out more and more to the community … so we can keep it going,” he said. “As long as we have people who support it, the committee wants to keep it going.”
Tickets and sponsorships are available at www.templeofisrael.org. Parking is included.