JCCNV Performing Arts Series
The JCCNV Performing Arts Series, open to all members of the metro community, includes public performances of professional music, dance and theatre productions, play readings, Broadway cabaret events, and children’s theatre productions. Click here for upcoming programs and events.
- March 13: Jewish Plays Project Playwriting Contest. The Jewish Plays Project (JPP) puts bold, progressive Jewish conversations on world stages. Fairfax was one of nine communities around the United States that is participating in this national contest program. Twenty-two local readers read the JPP's Top 10 plays (out of 204 submissions). The local readers selected three plays, and the three 20-minute scenes were presented to our audience. The audience then voted for what they considered is the best new Jewish play of 2016! Fairfax winner: Redder Blood by Helen Murray Pafumi.
- March 12: Richmond Ballet II. Designated the State Ballet of Virginia, Richmond Ballet II returned for a third visit to the J with a new repertory program of classical and contemporary dance. The program for the evening included: The Friar's Tale, choreography by Malcolm Burn, music by Sergei Prokofiev; Excerpts from Stolen Moments, choreography by Val Caniparoli, music by Jean-Philippe Rameau; Rachmaninoff Rhapsody, choreography by Stoner Winslett, music by Sergei Rachmaninoff. The tour was underwritten in part by the Virginia Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
March 12: Richmond Ballet II pre-performance talk with Sarah Kaufman, author of The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life. http://sarahlkaufman.com/
- February 20: Jews and Jazz Series. Roy Assaf Trio. Israeli jazz pianist Roy Assaf, with drummer Jake Goldbas and bassist Ravi Markovitz, deliver fresh color to the world of music.
- February 20: Roy Assaf Trio pre-performance talk with Tamar Barzel, author of New York Noise: Radical Jewish Music and the Downtown Scene.
- January 17: Washington Balalaika Society. The Washington Balalaika Society was founded in 1988 by a group of DC area musicians interested in studying and performing the music of Russia, Ukraine, and Eastern Europe on traditional Russian folk instruments — the balalaika, domra, bayan, and related folk wind and percussion instruments.
- January 16: Adam Ruben, plus Improvistory with Victor Haskins. Featured performer is Adam Ruben, a writer, comedian, storyteller, and, yes, a molecular biologist! Victor Haskins, is a visionary, world-class trumpet and electronic wind instrument player, improviser, composer/arranger, bandleader, and educator.
- December 13: Israeli Folk Dance. An afternoon of performance and participation with Yesodot and Kesem.
- December 5: A Northern Virginia j.talks special event. Liel Leibovitz, author of A Broken Hallelujah: Rock and Roll, Redemption and the Life of Leonard Cohen. Plus Live music with special guests Bayla Whitten, Mat Tonti and Eliza Jane Berkon. Piano: Neil Epstein.
- November 22: Cantors Cabaret. An evening of Jewish and Broadway music, performed by several cantors in our region, including Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey, Agudas Achim Congregation; Cantor Jason Kaufman, Beth El Hebrew Congregation; Cantor Rachel Rhodes and Cantor Michael Shochet, Temple Rodef Shalom; and a special guest appearance by Hazzan Sidney G. Rabinowitz.
- November 7: Blue Like Me event. Rang de Nila (Color Me Blue). Rang de Nila is a performance piece that combines music and dance with the art of Siona Benjamin. Through movements infused with elements of traditional Indian dance, modern dance, and jazz, the dancers explored themes of identity and what it means to be a Jewish Indian woman.
- November 1: Trio Sefardi. Presented in partnership with the Folklore Society of Greater Washington Trio Sefardi is a confluence of three performers who share a love of, and a wide-ranging experience with, Sephardic music as influenced by La Rondinella, the Western Wind, and National Heritage Fellowship winner Flory Jagoda. Group members include Susan Gaeta, Tina Chancey and Howard Bass.
- October 24: Blue Like Me: The Art of Siona Benjamin. Along with the official opening of "Blue Like Me" exhibition in the Bodzin Art Gallery, this documentary film follows Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin’s journey back to her roots in the Bene Israel community where she grew up. Following the film, there was a Q&A with Siona and Ryan Arey, the film’s editor, and special guest Ori Soltes, theology, philosophy and art history professor at Georgetown University.
- October 20-December 14: Blue Like Me. Featured Artist: Siona Benjamin
Blue Like Mewas a multi-disciplinary event exploring the Jews of India and featured the Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin. Blue Like Me included an exhibition of Siona’s recent artwork, a documentary film about the artist, a workshop by the artist, and an interdisciplinary Indian dance performance inspired by her paintings. There was also a talk by authors Kenneth X. Robbins and Joan Nathan. This project was funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, supported by Fairfax County.
- October 19: A reading of the new play Redder Blood by Helen Pafumi. God is always talking to Sadie, and Sadie is never talking back, even while her family combusts and her love life takes off. Starting August 2014, the J was a patron of local playwright Helen Pafumi (Artistic Director of The Hub Theatre) as she wrote her newest play. A lesson from the Midrash asks “whose blood is redder?” In a modern turn, Redder Bloodexplores the challenges of interfaith marriage, our relationship with God, and the ancient question about how we measure our worth. This first public reading was part of the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival.
- October 18: Return Engagement | Premiere A Cappella. The Maccabeats. The Maccabeats have emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomena. They perform an eclectic array of Jewish, American, and Israeli songs.
- October 3: Jews & Jazz Series. Saul Kaye. Saul drew on songs from Tin Pan Alley, Jazz Standards, and giving his own renditions of the Great American Songbook. Saul’s appearance was booked through The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life.
2014- 2015 Season
- February 6 & 8: The Art of Jewish Food. A theatre performance of Bessie Bluefeld. Arriving with her husband in 1907 from Russia, Bessie and her family started Bluefeld Catering, which became synonyomous with quality and class throughout the Washington/Baltimore metropolitan area. Performed by Terry Nicholetti.
- January 31: The Art of Jewish Food. Food, Film and Flory celebrated local icon Flory Jagoda with a screening of the new documentary Flory's Flame and a special appearance by Flory herself.
- January 19: Torah Comedy. The Bible Players are a Torah Comedy Duo who "find the funny in the unlikeliest of places," with some rap music, some comical accents, and some imaginative re-working of well-known biblical stories.
- January 17-18: Rabbi Sam, created and performed by Charlie Varon, tells the story of a man who wants to reinvent American Judaism, and the congregation who hires him.
- January 10: QuinTango performed sizzling music with narratives about Eastern European immigrants in Argentina, why a shabbos guy became one of the greatest names in tango, and how the second largest Jewish community in the world contributed more to tango than just music.
- December 7: Daniel Cainer, a visiting artist from the United Kingdom, performed at the J's 35th Annul Gala.
- November 15-16: Some Kind of Wonderful: Bayla Whitten sings Carole King. Bayla performed a tribute to songwriter Carole King (nee Carol Klein) in this unique cabaret event.
- October 25: Fall Comedy Night- Annabelle Gurwitch. Attendees enjoyed an evening of comedic storytelling with Annabelle Gurwitch, a Jewish mother, a passionate environmentalist and a reluctant atheist.
- May 2-4: Cinder-Rachella. The JCCNV 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series wrapped its second season with the world premiere of Cinder-Rachella, a new musical adaptation which celebrates Jewish and Israeli culture through the eyes of the iconic fairytale Princess. The JCCNV commissioned the new work from Leslie A. Kobylinski (book and lyrics) and Alvin Smithson (music).
- April 6: Richmond Ballet II. Richmond Ballet II, is an elite group of ten professional dancers led by Resident Artist, Igor Antonov. Pre-performance talk by author Tina Sutton, The Making of Markova: Diaghilev’s Baby Ballerina to Groundbreaking Icon.
- March 8: Hooshir A Cappella & Potomac Fever.
- February 19: Love, Faith and Other Dirty Words. Produced by Theater J. A reading of the play - a funny, moving story of interfaith couples negotiating to maintain the balance between devotion to each other, and devotion to their separate faiths.
- February 1: Haifa Symphony Orchestra of Israel, a JCCNV Cultural Arts Outing. This popular orchestra, a focal point of musical life in Northern Israel, makes its GMU Center for the Arts debut as part of its first tour of the United States.
- January 26: Gathering Time, a folk-rock harmony trio best described as ‘Peter, Paul & Mary – meets – Crosby, Stills and Nash,’ salutes the Jewish musical greats of the rock ‘n’ roll era, such as Bob Dylan, Carole King, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, Neil Sedaka and others.
- January 19: The Maccabeats. The Maccabeats have emerged as both Jewish music and a cappella phenomena. Strongly committed to the philosophy of Torah u-Madda, the integration of traditional and secular wisdom, The Maccabeats perform an eclectic array of Jewish, American and Israeli songs.
- January 10-12: Mister Benny. Jack Benny is brought to life by Tim Newell in this one-man play. Tim created the role at Jewish Repertory Theatre in Buffalo.
- December 25: Hava Nagila (The Movie) Film screening, plus Israeli Dancing with Mike Fox.
- December 7-8: Jackie Hoffman's A Chanukah Charol. In this production, created and performed by Broadway and television star and comedienne Jackie Hoffman (Hairspray, Xanadu, The Addams Family, The New Normal), Jackie is forced to examine her life when she is visited by the Ghosts of Chanukah Past, Present and Future, and even Molly Picon.
- November 24: Maurice Sendak's Pincus & the Pig. Shirim Klezmer Orchestra collaborated with author/artist Maurice Sendak to create this piece, a Jewish version of Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf.
- November 23: Klezmer Nutcracker Holiday Concert. A klezmerized version of Tchaikovsky’s perennial classic which will delight the whole family by Shirim Klezmer Orchestra.
- October 19-20: The Marcy and Zina Show. A "wackily and sophisticated cabaret entertainment!"
- Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia Presents the World Premiere of “Cinder-Rachella”
April 14, 2014
- JCCNV’s Performing Arts Series opens with “The Marcy and Zina Show” October 19 & 20
September 18, 2013
- Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia announces 2013-2014 Performing Arts Series
August 7, 2013
- March 16: Virginia Virtuosi. Jewish classical music, celebrating freedom.
- March 9-10: Corner of the Sky: The Songs of Stephen Schwartz. A cabaret event, produced by JCCNV. Conceived by Dan Kirsch. Musical Director: Thomas Hodges. Directed by Joshua Morgan.
- March 7: Richmond Ballet II, the State Ballet of Virginia on tour. Their new second company, Richmond Ballet II, is an elite group of ten professional dancers led by Richmond Ballet's own Resident Artist, Igor Antonov.
- February 9: Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC. Two select vocal ensembles, Potomac Fever and Rock Creek Singers, sing pop, choral and Broadway.
- January 19-27: Can I Really Date A Guy Who Wears A Yarmulke? A JCCNV theatre production. Written by Amy Holson-Schwartz. Directed by Michael Dove.
- December 25: Fiddler on the Roof Sing-Along
- December 16: Clever Rachel, a family event produced by the JCCNV.
- December 12: Finishing the Hat: A Tribute to Stephen Sondheim by the Mason Cabaret.
- November 19: Hootenanny! Celebrating 100 years of Woody Guthrie, with David Lutken and Helen ____
- November 17: EDGEWORKS Dance Theater. Washington DC's premier all-male contemporary dance company of predominately African-American men.
- October 22: My Name Is Asher Lev. A play reading, produced by the JCCNV. By Aaron Posner, adapted from the visionary novel by Chaim Potok. Directed by Jeremy Skidmore. Featuring Alexander Strain, Jennifer Mendenhall and John Lescault.
- October 13: Six13. Fueled by a strong, Jewish identity and anchored by thumping beatbox, intricate arrangements, and soulful harmonies, Six13 is a six-man vocal band that brings an unprecedented style of Jewish music to the stage.
- September 9: Just Between Us: A piano, a mic and a memory. An intimate cabaret performance by Marilyn Hausfeld. Musical Direction and accompaniment by Alex Rybeck.
Press Releases 2012-2013
- JCCNV Performing Arts Series presents Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC
January 14, 2013
- JCCNV Performing Arts Series presents the romantic comedy “Can I Really Date A Guy Who Wears A Yarmulke?”
December 14, 2012
- JCCNV Performing Arts Series presents Clever Rachel and three music events in December
November 14, 2012
- JCCNV Performing Arts Series presents EDGEWORKS Dance Theater and a Hootenanny in November 2012.
October 19, 2012
- Marilyn Hausfeld cabaret event opens Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia's new Performing Arts Series on September 8, 2012.
July 16, 2012
- JCCNV Performing Arts Series presents Six13 and 'My Name is Asher Lev' in October 2012.
September 20, 2012
- Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia awarded grant from Arts Council of Fairfax County.
November 12, 2012
- JCCNV Performing Arts Series will start in September 2012 with professional performances of dance, music, theatre, cabaret events and children’s theatre events.
June 15, 2012