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Memorial concert for Srul Irving Glick at Holy Blossom

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The 10th anniversary of the death of renowned Canadian Jewish composer Srul Irving Glick is being marked with a memorial concert at the Holy Blossom Temple featuring the Temple Singers, Temple Choir and the Lachan Jewish Chamber Choir, all directed by Cantor Benjamin Maissner.

Also participating is the choir of Beth Tikvah Synagogue, where Glick was the choirmaster and composer-in-residence for many years. The choir is led by Klara Bagley. Beth Tikvah Cantor Tibor Kovari will join with Maissner in singing several of Glick’s pieces. Cantor Efraim Sapir will also perform.

 Tickets $30. Holy Blossom Temple, Sunday, April 22, 8 p.m. 416-789-3291, ext. 224. A special tribute concert is also being planned for Beth Tikvah Synagogue on June 7. For details, call 416-221-3433.

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New York Bound: Living with Henry, a musical drama by Christopher Wilson about living with HIV-AIDS, premièred to critical acclaim at the Toronto Fringe Festival last summer, and has been invited to the New York Musical Theatre Festival this summer. A benefit musical theatre celebration has been organized to raise funds to send the production to New York.

The Block to Broadway! Benefit features Gabi Epstein, Sherry Garner, Konstantinos Haitas, Kelly Hollif, Ryan Kelly, Lisa Kisch, Lizzie Kurtz, Lori Nuic, Nadine Roden, Ari Wienberg and others. Bathurst Street Theatre, 736 Bathurst St. Monday, April 23, 8 p.m. $35, $25. 416-504-7529, www.artsboxoffice.ca

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Literary Events 

• Felix Opatowski, Holocaust survivor and author of Gatehouse to Hell, shares the story of his experiences in Auschwitz and his risky encounters with the Auschwitz underground. Co-presented with the Azrieli Foundation. Miles Nadal JCC, Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. Free admission. 416-924-6211, ext. 154.

• Quattro Books hosts the launch of Something Small to Carry Home, a new book of poems by Victoria-based Isa Milman, whose two previous collections each won a Canadian Jewish Book Award for poetry. Works by three other poets are also being launched. Supermarket, 286 Augusta Ave., south of College. Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 p.m. Admission free.

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Names in the News: Montreal-born singer Kathleen Reiter, who only recently made aliyah to Israel, has been crowned victor on the Israeli television show The Voice after wowing the judges and audience with a performance of British singer Adele’s song Rolling in the Deep. The video is on YouTube at http://bit.ly/zZ6Mnt.

Last October, Reiter got all four judges on the vastly popular live talent show to turn around in their seats, signalling they liked what they heard. In fact, they seemed to find it irresistible. Earlier this month Reiter, who was the only contestant to sing in English, French and Hebrew, was chosen the season’s favourite performer. She’s already released her first single, a dance number that is getting lots of radio play in Israel. “The goal is to get to a place where I can release an album and play shows and all of that stuff,” the powerfully voiced 23-year-old told a reporter.  

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Arts in Brief

• Ghetto Songs and Poems are part of a Memorial Program of the 69th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto, featuring speaker Sylwia Szymanska-Smolkin. Workmen’s Circle, 471 Lawrence Ave. W. Sunday, April 22, 2 p.m.

• Profs. Jeffrey Shandler and Edna Nahshon discuss aspects of Anne Frank’s famous diary in a program titled “Anne Frank – 70 Years Since the Diary,” hosted by the Leonard Wolinsky Lectures on Jewish Life and Education. Free admission, everyone welcome. Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies, Schulich School of Business, York University. Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m.

• The Miles Nadal JCC presents an exciting lineup of local talent including previous and current Juno Award nominees. The Stars on Spadina Gala features Marilyn Lightstone, Theresa Tova, Moshe Hammer, Hilario Duran, Laura Tucker, Daniela Nardi and Ron Davis. Funds raised support cultural arts programs. Al Green Theatre, Monday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. 416-924-6211, ext. 0.

• Active Seniors hosts an Israeli Independence musical program and brunch with musician Eldan Cohen. Celebrate Israel’s 64th birthday and sing along with lyrics provided for both traditional and modern songs in Hebrew and Yiddish. Miles Nadal JCC, Thursday, April 26, 11:30 a.m. 416-924-6211, ext. 155.

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At the Galleries

• Works from Toronto Transformed, Harry Enchin’s collection of modern photographs of Toronto cityscapes juxtaposed onto matching older scenes from the City of Toronto Archives, are on view at the Toronto Art Expo, Metro Convention Centre, April 19 to 22. www.torontoartexpo.com

• Beth Emeth Sisterhood presents a guided tour led by a qualified curator of The Icons of Loss: The Art of Samuel Bak. Joseph D. Carrier Gallery, Columbus Centre. Tuesday, April 24, 8 to 9:30 p.m. Contact Joan Segal to register: call 416-633-3838 or e-mail sisterhood@beby.org

• Silk Stones: Works by Rochelle Rubinstein, an exhibit by the Toronto artist who is described as a “visual poet of transformed objects,” remains on view at Yeshiva University Museum, 15 W. 16th St., New York, through May 6.

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