The J 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.
The Performing Arts Series presents cultural programming designed to engage people of all generations, and to provide texture and insight into the rich cultural history and contemporary trends of the Jewish people. The Series strives to make the J a destination for both J members and the general public to celebrate and appreciate Judaism’s culture, people, spirituality, wisdom, humor and creativity.
The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra and the J Cultural Arts collaborate to create a new Chamber Music Series featuring renowned artists in an intimate concert setting. Check this page for updates on performances from the series.
Sunday, October 14th, 7:00pm
Flory Jagoda, the “Keeper of the Flame” of Sephardic music, was born into the Sephardic community of Sarajevo, Bosnia. Flory escaped the destruction of Sarajevo’s Jewish community, eventually arriving in the United States after World War II.
Susan Gaeta, former apprentice to Flory, has become a master and is apprenticing singer and songwriter Gina Sobel. Susan and Gina will share Flory’s songs, heartfelt ballads, and memories of Flory’s Bosnian Jewish community, as well as present their own fresh twists reflective of a similar spirit.
Susan Gaeta has studied and toured with legendary, Flory Jagoda as well as her own band, Trio Sefardi. She is a master artist through the Master Apprentice program of Virginia Humanities. Gina Sobel is a singer/composer and an accomplished flute, saxophone, and guitar player. She is a Strathmore Artist in Residence.
Tickets: $28/ $25 member (Youth (15 and under) are FREE)
This evening is presented in partnership with HIAS and a portion of the proceeds will benefit their mission. HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homelands because of who they are, including ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. For more than 130 years, guided by Jewish values, HIAS has been helping refugees rebuild their lives in safety and dignity.
Sunday, December 9th, 3:00pm
Experience an immersive culinary-inspired concert with Gourmet Symphony as they unite a performance by the Last Stand Quartet — comprised of musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra — with curated food and beverage from Susan Barocas, chef, food writer, founding director of the Jewish Food Experience and guest chef at the 2014, 2015, and 2016 White House Seders. The evening will be centered on the String Quartet No. 8 of Dimitri Shostakovich, a Russian composer who was oppressed by Joseph Stalin but managed to have his creative voice be heard around the world. Both the musical and culinary elements will explore Chanukah-related themes such as the notion of art creating a “light in darkness,” overcoming obstacles, and the number eight. The repertoire for the afternoon will also include Mendelssohn String Quartet No. 2 in A minor, 1st and 4th movements.
Tickets: $55/ $45 member
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Unless otherwise noted, all performances take place at the JCCNV. Check back periodically for updates and additional information on all events. All programs and dates are subject to change.
Underwriting and sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Michelle Pearlstein.
For questions, and to buy tickets:
Box Office: 703.537.3000
Please note: seating for most events is assigned by the J based on the date of purchase. Audience members are assigned a group number - group one enters first, group two enters second, etc.