A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, Christmas Concert, Christmas Jazz, Christmas Music, Jake Ehrenreich, Jewish Composers, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center, Roger Kellaway
Jake Ehrenreich & Roger Kellaway celebrate the contributions of Jewish Composers to Christmas!
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Contact: Carol Kassie
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November 13, 2018
BOCA RATON/WEST PALM BEACH/AVENTURA, FL: Broadway, film, and television star, recording artist, author, and playwright are just a few of the titles to which Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Famer Jake Ehrenreich can lay claim. The popular entertainer, whose one-man-show A Jew Grows In Brooklyn has been a perennial hit with South Florida audiences, will be joined by Grammy Award-winner / Oscar nominee Roger Kellaway in a brand new show A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs that features many great Christmas songs written by Jewish composers. The show is based on Ehrenreich’s newest CD of the same name.
“The idea for this project has been with me for over decade,” Ehrenreich explained recently. “As a child of Holocaust survivors growing up in Brooklyn, the idea that I would have a secret love affair with Christmas music was as incongruous as… well the very notion that Jewish songwriters would create so many of the classics. But, as life is often stranger than fiction, I did, and they did.”
Featuring behind the scenes stories and rare video appearances by Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie), and Alan and Marilyn Bergman (“The Way We Were”, “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”) among others, Ehrenreich and Kellaway will be accompanied by world class jazz musicians Roni Ben Hur on Guitar, and Floridian David Winograd on Bass.
Ehrenreich and Kellaway’s exciting new interpretations have garnered universal praise since their CD’s release in December 2017. It was selected as Downbeat Magazine’s Top Holiday Pick and is now in consideration for a Grammy Award nomination. Among the classics Ehrenreich and Kellaway will perform in A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs are “Christmas Time is Here,” “Let it Snow,” “White Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland, “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” and “Silver Bells”.
Jake Ehrenreich and Roger Kellaway’s A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs will be performed in three prestigious local venues between December 9th and December 16th: The Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center (December 9), The Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (December 12), and the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (December 16). Performance times and ticketing information are listed below. These dates are part of a tour which includes the world-famous Birdland Jazz club in New York City.
A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs
With Jake Ehrenreich and Roger Kellaway
Sunday, December 9th at 3 pm
Mizner Park Cultural Arts Center
Black Box Theatre
201 Plaza Real, 2nd Floor
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Tickets $36 – $48
Ticket Link: http://miznerparkculturalcenter.com/events/jewish-christmas-songs/
Wednesday, December 12th at 7:30 pm
Rinker Playhouse at
The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
701 Okeechobee Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Ticket Link: www.kravis.org/jewishchristmas
Sunday, December 16th at 3 pm & 7 pm
Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
3385 NE 188th Street
Aventura, FL 33180
Tickets: $45 – $55; $75 VIP tickets include premium seating and an autographed CD
Ticket Link: https://www.aventuracenter.org/events/detail/jake-ehrenreichs-2018
JAKE EHRENREICH is a vocalist, musician, author and playwright. He is currently featured in the film The Last Laugh alongside Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner. A Brooklyn born child of survivors, he is best known as star and creator of the award-winning show A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, which broke box office records at the historic Lambs Theater in the heart of Broadway. Jake has appeared on Broadway in Dancin’, Barnum, and They’re Playing Our Song, and toured internationally as Ringo in Beatlemania. A veteran NY vocalist and musician, Jake has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Richie Havens, Tito Puente, Greg Allman, and Whitney Houston. His writings appear in Summer Haven, The Catskills, The Holocaust and the Literary Imagination alongside Nobel laureate Isaac Bashevis Singer, and A Jew Grows in Brooklyn, The Curious Reflections of a First Generation American is now a best-selling book by HCI (the Chicken Soup for the Soul publishers). Jake received a Special Congressional Citation and was inducted into the Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame in 2016. His new TV variety talk show, The Jake Ehrenreich Show premieres in November 2018 on JBS TV.
ROGER KELLAWAY is a Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominated Pianist/Composer and has recorded more than two hundred and fifty albums. He’s worked with everyone from Duke Ellington to Elvis, and Barbra Streisand to Quincy Jones and Yo-Yo Ma. He has written and conducted twenty-nine film scores including the Clint Eastwood film INVICTUS and Barbra Streisand’s A Star Is Born, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. Kellaway composed and performed Remembering You, the closing theme for All in the Family. In 2005, Roger conducted the world premiere of Sir Paul McCartney’s “Nova” and has toured as musical director with Tony Bennett, Van Morrison, and Bobby Darin.
Praise for A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs:
“Swings like a young Tony Bennett. Add Roger Kellaway and it’s enough to make nuns and orthodox rabbis put away their rulers. Fun stuff throughout.”
Chris Spector ~ Midwest Record
“Jake Ehrenreich is a classy Jazz singer who projects pure tones…”
Frank-John Hadley ~ Downbeat Magazine – December 2018
“Jake is so much more than just a vocalist…the pacing is perfection;
every little nuance is full of joy.”
Dick Metcalfe – Contemporary Fusion Reviews
“You will wish Christmas came more than once a year. It’s just wonderful!”
Alan & Marilyn Bergman~ Legendary Grammy/Oscar winning songwriters
“I can’t think of a better Christmas present! Jake & Roger’s rendition truly
brings the song to life.”
Johnny Mandel ~ Legendary Grammy/Oscar winning songwriter (composer of “A Christmas Love Song”)